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The Jews Of Turkey–Responsible For Israeli Actions?

Israeli citizens are celebrating what they consider to be a “great victory” in which 1,300 humans were killed at a cost of 13 Israelis, but Jews in other nations have to consider whether they are at all responsible for those deaths. Many Jews in Turkey are worried about a back lash against them for the death and destruction inflicted on the people of Gaza. President Abduallah Gul expressed his solidarity with Turkish Jews after the appearance of a powerful article by psychologist Leyia Navaro in which she expressed her thanks to the people of Turkey whose ancestors saved hers after they were expelled from Spain in 1492. “Am I still regarded as a guest in this land that i was born and grew up in, in which I fulfill my responsibilities as a citizen and have actually contributed to its development? Shall I walk with my head down? Am I a candidate for being threatened?”

President Gull was impressed by the power of her statement and telephoned to express his care and concern for the safety of all Turkish Jews. She expressed her thanks for his call and urged that he say the same words to the people of Turkey in an open statement of support to Jews.

Decisions made by the government are not decisions made by Jews. They are the responsibility of the Israeli people. Period.

Turkish President Warns Of Dangers Posed By Apologizing

President Abdullah Gull warned of serious consequences that might arise if people in Turkey pushed for their nation to apologize for the slaughter of Armenians by the Ottoman empire in 1915. Gull had reached out to Armenia in order to establish cordial relations with the Armenian nation, but the thought of even discussing the possibility of an apology caused him to warn, “I do not think they make a positive contribution” and will only lead to “polarization” between the two nations. He insisted Turkey was a democratic nation and people had the right to discuss all issues– of course, free discussion of the Armenian genocide is not allowed in Turkish schools. In his view, of the role of higher education, “I want our universities not to become a platform for daily politics, but make attempts to increase Turkey’s power.”

The president of Turkey does not seem to grasp the role of a university is to pursue the path of intellectual research, and if that leads to uncovering a truth about the Armenian massacre that does not please politicians, the university must publish its results regardless of who is upset. It would be helpful if President Gull asked leading scholars from throughout the world to study events of 1915 and issue an objective report.

The American government has apologized for the internment during World War II of Japanese residents. The apology has been a healing action, not one that caused anger.