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Mon, December 29, 2014 Turkey: Hamas Terror Head Speaks at Ruling AK Party Event

Turkey's Islamist President Tayyip Recep Erdogan shaking hands with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal. (Photo: © Reuters)

Turkey's Islamist President Tayyip Recep Erdogan shaking hands with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal. (Photo: © Reuters)

Khaled Mashaal, the head of the terrorist organization Hamas, made a surprise appearance in Turkey on Friday, at the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK party) annual general meeting on December 27.

At the general congress meeting of the ruling Islamist party in the town of Konya, Mashaal delivered a speech praising Turkey's leaders and damning Israel. He congratulated the Turkish people "for having Davutoğlu and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan" and praised Konya as the "city of heroes."

At the same conference, the AK party unveiled a new campaign song in honor of Davutoglu, the current Prime Minister, praising him as the grandson of the Ottomans. The Ottoman Empire at its peak ruled most of the Middle East as well as large parts of Europe and northern Africa.  

The lyrics of the song read, "Who is the man? Who is the brave, the righteous and the honest one? Who? Who? Davutoğlu Ahmet Hoca, a wise man, a brave man." 

They continue, "The whole world knows him / He has no problem with history. / He is a true grandson of the Ottomans."

This is not the first time that the Turkish leadership has praised their Ottoman heritage. Davotuglu said in a speech at the beginning of November that "Al-Quds [Jerusalem] has been entrusted with us by [Muslim caliph] Hazrat Omar. Al-Quds has been entrusted to us by [Ottoman Sultan] Yavuz Sultan Selim and [Ottoman Sultan] Süleyman the Magnificent. Al-Quds has been entrusted to us by the last soldier of the Ottomans."

It should therefore come as no surprise that Davotuglu is being praised as the grandson of the Ottomans at the same AK party conference that Hamas head Khaled Mashaal called for the destruction of Israel saying, "Inshallah [Allah willing], we will liberate Palestine and Jerusalem again in the future."

Palestinian flags can be seen very prominently in the music video which accompanies Davotuglu's campaign song.

The AK party's understanding of Turkey's Ottoman past is bound up in the same Islamist romanticized notion of the caliphate espoused by the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is an affiliate – that is, to re-establish the caliphate that was abolished in 1924.

At the same time as putting forward an Islamist platform, Erdogan and his AK party are cracking down on civil liberties and dissent in Turkey. Last week a new law was proposed which would allow the prime minister and the communications minister the right to block access to or remove content from any website they declare as endangering “national security and public order.”

Yet despite introducing fresh legislation to curtail freedom of expression and rounding up and arresting many prominent opposition journalists, on December 26, Erdogan made a statement saying that Turkey has the freest press in the world.

"Nowhere in the world is the press freer than it is in Turkey," Erdogan said in a televised speech. "I’m very sure of myself when I say this."

Campaign Video for Davotuglu

Thu, November 27, 2014 Hamas in Turkey Planned Attack on Jerusalem Stadium

Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, which Hamas was planning to attack.

Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, which Hamas was planning to attack.

A large Hamas terror ring, run from a command center in Turkey has been detected and foiled, according to an announcement made by Israel's internal security service, the Shin Bet.

On Thursday the Shin Bet announced that it has arrested more than 30 Hamas members across the disputed territories who had been planning to carry out multiple attacks on targets in Jerusalem and around the country. Targets included the light rail service and Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem's largest soccer stadium.
The Hamas operatives were selected while studying in Jordan and trained either in the Sinai or in the Gaza strip.

Palestinian Authority officials told The Times of Israel that Saleh al-Arouri, a  senior Hamas operative who was deported by Israel to Turkey was the mastermind behind the operation. They charged that Turkey and Qatar allow Hamas members to operate with impunity within their respective territories and support them in carrying terrorist attacks out against Israel and undermining the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli intelligence has reportedly concluded that Turkey has been the top financial sponsor of Hamas since 2012, with Erdogan arranging for the transfer of $250 million to the terrorist group annually. Another report puts the figure at $300 million. The funding comes from private sources he is close to and not from the official budget. Turkey is also said to have trained Hamas security forces in Gaza through non-governmental groups.

Qatar, the other half of what the Al-Arabiya Institute for Studies called "the Qatari- Turkish regional axis supporting political Islam" is also a major backer of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas, lives in Qatar and even gave an extremist sermon at its Grand Mosque. The U.S. once blocked a $400 million aid package from Qatar to pay 44,000 employees of the Hamas government in Gaza.

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