Sunday, September 14, 2014

Turkish pundit : Jews must pay Gaza tax

Faruk Kose (photo: Haber Vaktim)

A Turkish pundit writing for Yeni Akit, a major publication aligned with President Erdoğan, called for the country’s Jews to be taxed to pay for reconstructing buildings damaged in Gaza during Israel’s recent Operation Protective Edge. The idea has precedence:   During World War II, Jews, as well as ethnic Armenians and Greeks, were subject to an arbitrary lump-sum tax. It also has overtones of the 'dhimmi' jizya tax on non-Muslims. The Algemeiner reports (with thanks: Michelle):

Faruk Köse said that the “Gaza Fund Contribution Tax” should apply to Turkish Jews as well as foreign Jews doing business in Turkey and any Turkish nationals with commercial ties to the Jewish state.

The columnist even said the tax should apply to any company or business that maintains a partnership with a Turkish Jew.

“The reconstruction of Gaza will be paid for by Jewish businessmen,” he said.
The penalty for failing to pay the tax should be the revocation of the Jew’s business licence and the seizure of his property, Köse said.

Köse also sparked controversy in July when he penned an open letter to Turkey’s chief rabbi, calling on Erdoğan to demand that the Jewish community apologize for Israel’s actions in Gaza.

“You came here after being banished from Spain. You have lived comfortably among us for 500 years and gotten rich at our expense. Is this your gratitude – killing Muslims? Erdoğan, demand that the community leader apologize!” he wrote at the time.

The article was mentioned in a subsequent open letter to Erdoğan from Jewish human rights group, the Anti-Defamation League, calling on the leader to “publicly reject all expressions of anti-Semitism including the scapegoating of Turkish Jews for the actions of Israel, and assure the Turkish Jewish community that they continue to have the full support and protection of the state and people of Turkey.”

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Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

Back go the Middle Ages!!!

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

off topic/
may be of interest

Empress Trudy said...

This will in fact become Turkish law soon.

Ben said...

Turkish officials have been threatening Turkish Jews for many years, well before the Erdogan regime. In the early 1980's Israel was considering a symbolic act that would class the WW1 Armenian massacres as a genocide, and a Turkish diplomat in Israel said that the Turkish government could not guarantee the safety of Turkey's Jews if this happened. Israel backed down.

It is not for nothing that the phrase "as savage as a Turk" has entered the English language.