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26 February 2014

By Khalid Amayreh

Despite the malicious campaign of vilification and hateful propaganda by Zionists-and also by some anti-Islam Arab traitors- targeting the man and his leadership, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan is proving himself once again a man of principles and honor.

The Zionist enmity to an Islamic or even semi-Islamic Turkey is well known and almost axiomatic. The more Turkey- or any other state or people- leans toward Islam, even a liberal form of Islam, the more such a state and people are despised by Zionism and western powers at Zionism's beck and call.

The reason is simple. Islam urges Muslims to be just and stand morally upright. Hence, Muslims naturally reject Israeli criminality and aggression against the Palestinian people, especially the lebensraum policy adopted by the Jewish state in the West Bank.

Israel hates it so much when an Arab or non-Arab Muslim state incorporates some Islamic elements into its domestic and foreign policies. Israel wants the Muslims of the world to forget Palestine and the Palestinians, the vast majority of whom are Muslims.

Israel would like to murder Palestinians as quietly as possible and steal their land as quietly as possible.

But when a Muslim leader such as Erdogan or former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Muhammad speaks up against Israeli Nazism in Palestine, the Zionists lose their balance and mental equanimity.

We all remember with admiration how Erdogan, the son of Islamic Turkey, courageously confronted Israeli President and war criminal Shimon Peres on 31 January, 2009 in Davos, Switzerland and then walked out of a televised debate, after the moderator refused to allow him to speak to refute Peres' lies.

Erdogan was indeed the voice of the voiceless Palestinians when he spoke these beautiful words that came from the heart. His remarks were more truthful and more honest than a thousand hypocritical speeches by western leaders and morally bankrupt Arab officials whose ultimate preoccupation is to satisfy and please their own tyrants and presidents for life.

Now, Erdogan speaks once again on behalf of the voiceless and thoroughly persecuted people of Gaza, the very people who are being punished by brother and foe alike for not selling out their national honor and dignity for a piece of bread as some large Arab nations have done.

In a news conference held on Tuesday, Erdogan, reiterated his government's position that any reconciliation between Ankara and the Zionist regime would be contingent upon an Israeli commitment to end the siege on Gaza.

"The compensation talks on behalf of the victims of the Mavi Marmara, which are taking place between Turkey and Israel, have not concluded," Erdogan said. "In the final stages, there will be a need to include a clause in the protocol that calls for the lifting of the siege on Gaza."

Needless to say, Erdogan's remarks shocked Zionist leaders who wrongly thought that the Turkish leader was seriously weakened by the recent domestic crisis, including demonstrations by leftists and extremist Alawites protesting Turkey's backing of the Syrian revolution against the Nazi-like regime of Bashar el-Assad.

The barking dogs of Zionism and anti-Islam Arab nationalism will continue to attack Erdogan and wish him ill. They will continue to make all sorts of innuendoes and insinuations about the Ottoman state, the very state that protected the Arabs from earlier European colonialism for 400 years.

Indeed, had it not been for the Ottomans, most present Arabs would have been speaking French, Spanish and Portuguese. But many Arabs, especially those contaminated with the germ of secular nationalism, are a people bereft of morality, honor and dignity. Otherwise, they wouldn't be kissing the hands of the enemies of Islam while trying to cut off the hands of their brother Muslims.

But Turkey's Ship shall continue to sail, undisturbed and disquieted by the conspiracies of cheap, treasonous Arabs who shamelessly declare that "What unites us with Israel is greater than what divides us," as the Foreign minister of the so-called United Arab Emirates was quoted as saying recently.

We in the Arab world are accustomed to being affronted by such little men. What else can one say of Arab "statesmen" who think that the occupation by Zionism of al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's First Qibla, is insignificant and shouldn't have any effect on relations between Arab states and Israel.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did allude to the coming of a time when such little men appear and occupy center stage.

The holy prophet said: "There will be years of great deception in which people will disbelieve one who tells the truth and believe the liar. They will distrust one who is trustworthy and trust one who is treacherous. And the Ruwaybida will speak." They asked: "What is the Ruwaybida?" He said: "The minor scoundrel (al-Fuwaysiq) who will have his say in general affairs."

Unfortunately, the Ruwaybida phenomenon is the norm not the exception these days. After all, we live in the age of Ruwaybida.

Khalid Amayreh is an American-educated journalist living in the Hebron region of the West Bank.



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