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18 April 2014, Friday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Anti-Islam extremist group depicts Erdoğan as terrorist in public ads

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TURKISH PRIME MINISTER RECEP TAYYIP ERDOĞAN SPEAKS DURING A MEETING OF HIS JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT PARTY (AK PARTY) IN ANKARA ON DEC. 4, 2012. (PHOTO: AA, EVRIM AYDIN)
5 March 2013, Tuesday /TODAYSZAMAN.COM, İSTANBUL
A pro-Israeli, anti-Islamic extremist group, known for running anti-Muslim ads in the New York subway, has depicted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a terrorist in ads targeting the concept of jihad in Islam.

The anti-jihad ads were designed by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) as a response to “MyJihad,” a public education campaign that seeks to share the proper meaning of jihad as believed and practiced by the majority of Muslims. MyJihad has been running various ads on buses and trains in cities across the US, in which it has tried to show the global values of Islam with such slogans as "My Jihad is not to judge people by their cover. What's yours?" and "My Jihad is to build friendships across the aisle. What's yours?"

The AFDI, widely known for its controversial attacks on Islam, apparently designed its ads in the same way but with the opposite aim. One of the ads shows the angry face of Erdoğan next to a passage from a poem by Ziya Gökalp, a Turkish sociologist and writer, that Erdoğan famously recited in 1998.

The poem reads, “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers," and next to this, the AFDI had added the sentence “That's My Jihad. What's yours?”

Apart from the attack on Erdoğan, the AFDI created similar ads, with the alleged words of Osama Bin Laden and a quote from Times Square bomber Faisal Shazad, and a purportedly anti-Semitic sentence from a Hamas-owned TV channel.

A lawyer from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) recently sent a letter to the AFDI claiming ownership of the MyJihad ads and stating that the AFDI is violating MyJihad.org's common law trademark and trade dress, or design, rights.

In 1999, Erdoğan served four months in jail after being convicted of “Islamist sedition” for reading Gökalp's poem at a political rally in Siirt when he was the mayor of İstanbul for the now-defunct Welfare Party (RP). His conviction came two years after an unarmed military intervention on Feb. 28, 1997, often dubbed a postmodern coup, which resulted in the fall of a coalition government led by RP leader Necmettin Erbakan.

 
 
COMMENTS
The question is - ' Does the Turkish PM quote this quotation - is or no ?
Ben Yacob
AFDI is a front organization of AIPAC the Israeli lobby in USA.
A. Khan
Redemption. A long time coming but finally here! Regards
Thessalonian
Interestingly all CAIR is doing is opening a court case over design rights. They are not saying that the quote or its content is wrong or untrue or offending - for obviously it is not. It is just a quote from a speech the PM gave in public.
william
@Tana: Just tell us what word is not true in this ad? Did the PM not say this? If he did not mean it, why did he say it? If this is not jihad, what is it? Politics? Does freedom of press mean we cannot quote the PM if he says something strange?
ahmet
Mr. Erdogan is supporting Palestinians and keeping good relation with Pakistan and Iran. So why AFDI should think differently?
Ramesh
This is just a small example of the hatred and poison that runs through the western world. Most of it organised and orchestrated by an unholy alliance of Zionist media controllers and extremist Christian hate mongers.
Tana
@adeel: So Egypt was taken by education, as was Syria, Persia and North Africa? Or did any of these places attack the Muslims so that they had to defend themselves against the enemies? Actually the first caliph sent letters to the tribes after Muhammed's death asking them to continue to submit or fa...
john
This is a misconception about Islam.Islam didn't spread by means of violence or just jihad with sword.If you read the history of Arabian peninsula,you will come to know that education and preaching was the main attribute which Muslims used for spreading Islam. Good and bad people are found in every ...
Adeel
Scripture says; Verily unbelievers will never be well wishers of true believers, how true !
kapitop
Joey, do you actually think that "Salafist jihadi criminals" is a threat to you and americans in general? How many attacks have they done? How many people killed? Who is their leader? Do they have a country? You see, you have been brainwashed and threatened with fictitious bogymen by your israeli ru...
Osman
I was and worked, for a time, in the Middle East and jihad meant war nothing less or more. Anything like spiritual struggle is pure deception that is called teqiyya in Arabic. The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) is a human rights organization defending freedom of speech and religion and t...
David M
It would seem that there is not really anything in the ad that is not true - and I guess that is what people don't like about it...
john
What is this "alleged" nonsense. Either the statements were made or not. If they were made, then I'm sorry the TRUTH hurts.
rich
They are both correct of course. Both of those elements do exist in Islam. the proper question is which approach is more likely to produce a secure, peaceful and hopefully productive future. The obvious answer is building upon or common ground and the goodness that can be drawn upon in the vast maj...
Joey Tranchina
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