Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Marked for Further Action

Our Austrian correspondent ESW has translated a report from Die Presse about ominous new developments in Istanbul that bode ill for Turkey’s few remaining Christians:

Strangers “marking” Christian buildings in Istanbul

Buildings inhabited by Christians have been marked with insignias in several districts of Istanbul. The labeling of the buildings are clearly done in concert with increasing harassment of the Christian inhabitants.

Some buildings in the traditionally Christian districts of Feriköy and Kurtulus have recently been labeled with green and red signs. Apparently they were affixed to point to buildings inhabited by Armenians and Greeks. The labels appear to be in conjunction with complaints from Christians about increasing harassment, according to Sehabat Tuncel, a member of parliament asked in a parliamentary questioning.

Besir Atalay, minister of interior, is now forced to answer these allegations. “Who affixed these markings?” is only one of the questions cited by the press. The ministry must also make clear whether the police received orders to take action and investigate.

Patriarch on a death list
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Residing in the Phanar in Istanbul, ecumenical patriarch Bartholomaios I has apparently been added to a death list kept by the nationalist-laicist secret society “Ergenekon”, which is accused of trying to push Turkey into chaos with its assassination attempts.

The EU Commission has repeatedly requested Turkey’s cooperation on effective measures to improve the precarious situation of the non-Muslim population.

Remembering the 1955 pogrom on Christians

The marking on Christian buildings in Istanbul is a reminder of pogrom against Christian minorities in September 1955. Back then Christian buildings and shops had been marked by nationalist activists. The bloody riots with dozens of dead in Istanbul and Izmir were ostensibly triggered by the Cyprus conflict; however, the true reason was the search for scapegoats at a time of economic recession for Turkey.

A mob of fanatics burned down seventy-two Orthodox churches and more than thirty schools in Istanbul, defaced Christian cemeteries, and destroyed around 3,500 homes and more than 4,000 shops. The police watched the plundering and raping, not lifting a finger. Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk, who also writes about the Armenian genocide of 1915, describes the blind destruction in his memoirs.

3 comments:

Jedilson Bonfim said...

No surprise here, is there?

By the way, in the supposedly "moderate" province of mahoundistan named Turkey, the display of someone's religion has to be on their identity cards. And do you know why? That makes it easier for mahoundian employers to turn down Christian applying for jobs, on the grounds that they're not "troo beeleevares", among other things. I don't know much about property rights, but I know that this is the case when it comes to employment.

It's the same old second-class human-being vs. 'the best of peoples' (according to Mein Qurampf, that is) system known as dhimmitude, but a little more hidden from or ignored by Eurabia-enabling Western political elites.

Robin Shadowes said...

Almost like in Meanwhile City then. There you got to have a religion as atheism is outlawed and the ever patroling police-force called clerics is constantly checking peoples papers in the streets. The only difference from Meanwhile City and mahoundistan is that there anything goes compared to mahoundistan. You could preach from laundry machine manuals or worship manicure or certain kind of beards. That kind of tolerance against other religions is unnaceptable i mahoundistan though.

amerisrael said...

That doesn't sound good.