Shalom Life | October 12, 2014

Istanbul Store Bans 'Jew Dogs' From Entering

“The Jew dogs cannot come in here” reads the sign of a mobile accessories shop in downtown Istanbul

By: Daniel Koren

Published: September 8th, 2014 in News » World

Istanbul Store Bans 'Jew Dogs' From Entering

There are many people out there who still claim there is a difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, and that those haters of Israel actually have nothing against the Jewish people.

And where I could, unfortunately, come up with hundreds of individual scenarios to dispute this notion, you need only to look at events transpiring right now to understand, as many Jewish scholars and Israel advocacy agencies argue, that anti-Zionism is essentially this generation's anti-Semitism.

Why else would a Students for Justice in Palestine group attack a Jewish student when he tried to engage them in dialogue about the policies of Hamas? Why else would a Belgian cafe, on the heels of Israel's last conflict against Israel, post a sign outside its door that read "No Jews Allowed?"

Or, as reported over the weekend by Jewish newspaper Salom, why else would a shop that sells mobile phone accessories in downtown Istanbul - the largest city in Turkey - post a sign on its window that decreed: “The Jew dogs cannot come in here.”

Is this mere anti-Zionism, and not anti-Semitism? Or a beast disguised as both?

If we were to judge this offensive sign only by the content of its character, then you will see that these store owners (most likely anti-Israel mongers) do not see a difference between Israel or Jews. Seems like they're all the same to them, and that they're exercising the same hatred-spewed campaigns as the Nazis did leading up to World War II.

The sign is accompanied by an image of an Israeli tank and hangs in the area of Tahtakale, a Turkish neighborhood that is home to many Jewish businesses.

Earlier this year, the Turkish government officially altered its penal code to list penalties against such acts of racism and discrimination:

“A person who bars the selling, turning over or rental of movable goods or real property to a person; who prevents a person from using certain services offered to the public; who bars employment; and who prevents a person from running a regular economic activity because of hatred stemming from a difference in language, race, nationality, color, gender, disability, political views, philosophical belief, religion or sect will be sentenced to prison for a period of one to three years.”

Let's hope this amendment actually brings justice to the store owner of this shop.

During Operation Protective Edge, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan - who is mainly responsible for the falling out between the two countries, who were once allies - compared Israel's actions in Gaza to that of Hitler.

It will be interesting to see now if he condemns this particular store owner, who, by posting this sign, is the real henchman of the evil Nazi dictator.

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