Europe ignites the hell fire - MERVE ŞEBNEM ORUÇ

Europe ignites the hell fire

European countries almost competing to prevent Turkish ministers' speeches as the April 16 constitutional referendum approaches, is of course not surprising as we are aware of their anti-Turkish attitude in recent years. However, the extent it has reached is sad but funny.

The period that started with the cancellation of the events Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ and Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci were going to attend in various German cities, continued with the prevention of former Energy Minister Taner Yıldız and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuş's speeches. The German media is packed with insult-filled articles against Turkey and Turkish ministers. Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu showed harsh reaction against the cancellations and announced that he would be going to Germany no matter what happens. He went last week and addressed Turkish citizens in the garden of the Turkish Consulate in Hamburg. Now, the matter in question is, how many of the events on the list Çavuşoğlu presented to his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel will take place and how much more the tension between Germany and Turkey will continue.

On the other hand, the German Federal administration, which is subject to intense criticism by Turkey due to the cancellations in Germany, blaming the local administrations, infuriated the German media. The media that previously frequently accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of “giving in to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” is using the arrest of Die Welt journalist Deniz Yücel for ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to see harsher policies against Turkey. Yücel was supposedly hired by Die Welt as a journalist who knows Turkey well, yet each one of the 54 articles he wrote are devoted to advocating the PKK and the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ). A Western media classic.

Even though is seems as though the latest tesnion between Germany and Turkey emerged after Yücel's arrest, it has a past. Last month, it was claimed that some of the Turkish imams working at mosques in Germany linked to the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB) are “spying” and some of their houses were raided. The prosecuting authority was claiming that the imams were acting upon orders from the Presidency of Religious Affairs (DİB) and that they were sending informational notes to Ankara on individuals and institutions linked to the Gülen Movement.

Currently, PKK and FETÖ members freely roaming around Germany, making anti-Turkey propaganda and organizing activities and the German government is embracing them, has been topped off by the recent events that have taken place in the context of the referendum. While Germany has been placing obstacles to prevent the “yes” meetings from taking place with various reasons to date, no decisions have been taken to cancel the “no” meetings. What's more is, the media is almost encouraging participation in these meetings. However, Turkey's not stepping back in the latest crisis period and rising reactions led to the exposure of the fact that the German Federal Government is embracing the PKK terrorist organization and the Internal Affairs Ministry had to make the decision to ban Abdullah Öcalan posters and the PKK flag. The People's Protection Units' (YPG) pennant is also included among the 33 symbols used by the PKK and banned by German Federal Internal Affairs.

Germany is not the only European country where meetings have been cancelled. There are simalar cancellations in Austria as well. The development that made its mark on Saturday was the cancellation of Çavuşoğlu's flight clearance to the Netherlands. Çavuşoğlu who took off to meet with Turkish citizens in Rotterdam despite all the objections by the Netherlands was prevented by the Netherlands. Previously, Minister Sayan Kaya's meetings were also cancelled by the Netherlands based on poor excuses. The Netherlands, which will be going to the elections next Wednesday, shows security and the likelihood of votes shifting to the far-right parties as its excuse for the cancellation of these meetings. 2017 is a year of elections in many European countries and the rising Islamophobia and anti-Turkey sentiment is making the far-rightists move closer to coming to power. For example, Geert Wilders, the leader of the PVV, the leading party based on public surveys in the Netherlands, had filled his election manifesto with promises to shut down all mosques and Islamic schools in the Netherlands, to ban the headscarf and other religious symbols and as a matter of fact, the Quran in the public sphere. Prime Minister Mark Rutte says Wilders's election manifesto is "a threat against the superiority of law," but in the face of the elections, he himself doesn't hesitate from putting forth anti-Islamism and Islamophobia either. The Dutch prime minister, who, in a program, had said that his first feeling toward people of Turkish origin protesting the July 15 coup attempt was, "Go back to Turkey," had become quite angry when he was criticized with fanaticism.

Right- and lef-wing politicions close to the center in Europe are warning the far-right, but there is one fact that they are forgetting. The covert anti-Islam and anti-Turkey sentiment they have been presenting in the messages they gave through the medi and directly to the public for years has led to the rise of Islamiphobia and xenophobia. This triggered the rise of the far-right. The truth is that they are the ones who opened the doors of hell through their wrong policies on Syria, anti-refugee stance, anti-Turkey stance, and they ignited the fire that will most likely lead to the collapse of the EU and burn them along with it. If this wasn't what they wanted, then why did they act so shortsightedly that it would take them to ambiguity from the very beginning? Weren't they the smartest, most educated, most intellectual and most cautious?

The wrong policies they have been continuing by following the Obama administration is wreaking havoc on Europe today. While the U.S. is busy with the trouble it caused itself, Donald Trump, Europe is watching the rise of his European likes such as Marine Le Pen and Wilders. The truth that Western politicians will understand sooner or later is that selective transmittance does not work in community engineering. The community that is encouraged to hate only Islam, only Turkey, eventually hates all "others," becomes suspicious and wants more restrictions, more walls, more protection. This is threatening the union they spent decades to build and establish "against the common enemy." What a pity.


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