DID ERDOGAN’S WAR AGAINST KURDS REACH BRUSSELS?

DID ERDOGAN’S WAR AGAINST KURDS REACH BRUSSELS?

Photo by Joshua Tartakovsky (C) All Rights Reserved 2016. By Joshua Tartakovsky, 23 March 2016 On March 18, 2016, Turkish President Erdogan Recep Tayyip Erdogan marked the victory of the Ottoman soldiers who repelled British and French attacks on the Gallipoli peninsula. The British who were allied with the Russians, tried during the campaign held between April 25, 1915, and January 9, 1916, to open the Dardanelles Straits for the Russian Navy during World War I. The British were hoping to capture Constantinople. But the Ottoman soldiers dug in the trenches on the shores, managed heroically to repel the onslaught of British and French ships. The Turks remember this battle as a turning point of World War I and as a saving moment from the humiliation of losing the Ottoman Empire. Only several days ago, Turkish TV broadcasted a convincing reproduction of the Gallipoli battle. Hurriyet Daily News reported on Erdogan’s speech in Çanakkale that marked the Gallipoli battle: “There is no reason for the bomb, which exploded in Ankara, not to explode in Brussels, where an opportunity to show off in the heart of the city to supporters of the terror organization is presented, or in any city in Europe. Despite this clear reality, European countries are paying no attention, as if they are dancing in a minefield. You can never know when you are stepping on a mine. But it is clear that this is an inevitable end,” he [Erdogan] said, referring to the PKK and the March 13 suicide bomb attack which killed at least 35 people in the heart of Ankara. A PKK offshoot claimed responsibility...
FROM ISTANBUL TO BRUSSELS: WHAT IS GOING ON?

FROM ISTANBUL TO BRUSSELS: WHAT IS GOING ON?

Taksim Square, Istanbul. Photo by Joshua Tartakovsky (C) All Rights Reserved. 2016   By Joshua Tartakovsky, 23 March 2016 On March 19, a suicide bomber blew himself up in Istiklal street, by Taksim, Istanbul. And today, March 22, a major terror attack took place in Brussels airport and Maelbeek metro station. The Islamic State took responsibility for both attacks. A few questions: Since President Erdogan has been directly supporting ISIS and is buying ISIS’ oil, imprisoning journalists who photographed trucks carrying weapons to ISIS while his son Bilal has been laundering money in Bologna, since in Istanbul everyone knows that ISIS people frequent a certain area, who is responsible for the terror attack in Istanbul? The Deep State in Turkey is not a small body. Was it sleeping or is it collaborating with ISIS as the Pakistani ISI collaborated with the Taliban? Just one month ago, the head of the Europol Law enforcement agency said that there are up to5,000 European jihadists at large who returned from Syria and attacks are expected. After the Paris attack terrorist Salah Abdelsam, Belgium’s foreign minister said at least 30 people are suspected of involvement in the attacks and are at large.  The European intelligence agencies monitored online communications but failed (again) to prevent a multiple attacks. How did a suicide bomber manage to enter an airport? Why were there no metal detectors at the entrance to the airport? German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed over one million of unscreened migrants from the Middle East and North Africa to enter Europe. Salah Abdelsam was a second generation French citizen but his parents were from Morocco....
IMPRESSIONS FROM ISTANBUL: TERROR SHATTERS ISTIKLAL STREET

IMPRESSIONS FROM ISTANBUL: TERROR SHATTERS ISTIKLAL STREET

Photo by Joshua Tartakovsky (C) 2016. All Rights Reserved. By Joshua Tartakovsky, 20 March 2016 Merely several days after the suicide bombing in Ankara, today a suicide bomber hit again, this time in Istiklal Street, Istanbul’s busy and modern commercial and touristy area, right by Taksim metro station and Gezi Park. 5 were killed and 37 wounded. 2 Israelis were among those killed. A visit to Istiklal Street a day prior revealed a street relatively empty in comparison to its glory days. People were going out and guitarists played in the square by the metro, but the streets were not packed as they usually are. The restaurant was nearly empty and closed early. Security was on high alert and Turks were nervous following the explosion in Ankara. By and large, it was sad to see Istanbul in this state. Near Istanbul University on Friday a policeman standing by the traffic held his gun up in the air. Turks are generally confused these days. Erdogan is supposed to be a proud and tough leader, and the rural uneducated religıous masses feel that he made them proud again. Finally, we have a tough leader, they think. However, unlike Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, Erdogan did not develop the countries he conquered nor are the arts flourishing under his rule. Instead, he has been allying himself with the ISIL gang whose members frequently come to Istanbul, hardly a noble or sultanic thing to do, while the educated university students and liberal middle class are past the stage of concern. They are depressed and scared. Hundreds have been arrested for insulting the President.  Various newspapers...
Israel/Palestine: Moving Beyond the Oppressed/Oppressor Paradigm

Israel/Palestine: Moving Beyond the Oppressed/Oppressor Paradigm

Every fence has two sides, a Palestinian friend once said. Photo by Joshua Tartakovsky 2015 (All Rights Reserved). By Joshua Tartakovsky, 21 January 2016 A Palestinian murdered another Israeli. Only that, as usual, the human rights advocates will find an excuse for this murder too. The Palestinian man in question must have been “oppressed.” After all, all humans are equally the same and all humans have the same motives, particularly those motives that scholars at Princeton and Berkeley, or perhaps Columbia, with very little real life experience, subscribe to them. Dafna Meir, Photo Credit: Channel 2 News This past Sunday night, a Palestinian man entered the home of Dafna Meir, a mother of six children, who lives in a settlement in South Hebron Hills in the West Bank (yes, one that is illegal according to international law, as if anyone actually keeps it). Meir was a neurosurgical nurse in Beersheba and a mother of six. She struggled physically with the attacker. He stabbed her very badly until he killed her. The teenage daughter watched. Let’s not deny that it takes an incredible amount of cruelty to kill a mother by stabbing her over and over again. Of course, the apologists for the argument that whatever Palestinians or Arabs do is legitimate, will argue that the Israeli army also kills civilians all the time and that the Palestinian was ‘defending himself.’ There is no denying that the Israeli army bombs Gaza heavily every few years killing hundreds of children, and that in its war in South Lebanon tens of thousands, both civilians and soldiers, were killed. There are also testimonies that Israeli soldiers fired at...
The Intifada of Fear

The Intifada of Fear

Photo by Joshua Tartakovsky (C) All Rights Reserved 2012. By Joshua Tartakovsky, November 6, 2015 The Third Palestinian Intifada unfolding before our eyes, is taking on a chaotic and unpredictable dimension. But here also lies its advantage as far as the Palestinians are concerned.  Out of the blue and unexpectedly, a given Palestinian attacker may stab as many people as possible, resulting in chaotic scenes of Israelis chasing the attacker and shooting him to death. In Beersheba, an uninvolved Eritrean was lynched by an angry mob in the confusion that ensued after a Palestinian stabbed a soldier, took his gun and engaged in a shooting spree.  In Jerusalem, a Jewish man who was mentally ill was shot and killed after he physically confronted security guards.  Israelis have been stricken with panic and anger by a phenomenon of stabbing carried out by a relatively small number of people. In the aftermath of the first several incidents of stabbings of civilians by Palestinians inside Israel, the Israeli security state responded by placing hundreds of armed soldiers in multiple locations of Jerusalem. Placing soldiers armed with guns who could shoot a stabber within seconds did help to create a temporary sense of security among many Israelis who otherwise feared to leave their homes.  In addition, Israel placed checkpoints at the entrances to Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem and subjected its residents to severe security checks, seeking to uncover knives.  The familiar scenes from the occupied West Bank, of lone soldiers checking tens of men and women who wait patiently in their cars, was now seen in East Jerusalem that falls under Israeli...