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Turkish legal fictions or 26 000 denigrators of Turkishness unmaksed ! And Turks, "Do not buy from here, since this shop is owned by a Jew"!

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Jan 28, 2010 at 06:04

Turk wrote referring to :

Humoristically enough, insulting Jewishness doesn't constitute a crime in Turkey. But what can I say? Despising Jews is an act of self-evident Turkish virtue and identity. It's an act of patriotism which must be encouraged by insulting those 'korkak yahudiler' in public! The less you can curse your own oppressor , the more you are encouraged to curse the imaginary ones, while doing the same with Turkishness is a major crime

> Turkish Penal Code Article 216.

(1) A person who openly incites groups of the population to breed enmity or hatred towards one another based on social class, race, religion, sect or regional difference in a manner which might constitute a clear and imminent danger to public order shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a term of one to three years.

(2) A person who openly denigrates part of the population on grounds of social class, race, religion, sect, gender or regional differences shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a term of six months to one year.

(3) A person who openly denigrates the religious values of a part of the population shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a term of six months to one year in case the act is likely to distort public peace.

> The penalties imposed are higher than the penalties imposed by Article 301. And it doesnt need any signature from the Mister of Justice to file a case. Do you still think it is 'humoristically enough' ?<

Yes I do! It is quite humoristical and extremely instructive on how wildly unrelated the fictional Turkish legal system is to the Turkish reality.

You quote a law implying this law is reality while it clearly isn't. The EU PC brigade might feel happy and the Turks like you might praise your dysfunctional Islamic republic as a "modern , Westernized state". But the quoted articles are intended not to assure any legal protection or promote some mythical Turkish multiculturalism - a totally absurd and hostile concept in Ataturkistan - but to mislead and deceive the unprepared Western public.

First, I am at a loss how the Turkish law-makers define "denigration" and why they have found it so necessary to include the curious restrictive clauses like "in case the act is likely to distort public peace" or " a manner which might constitute a clear and imminent danger to public order" ? I understand that 'in case the act is not likely to constitute a clear and imminent danger" and is not 'likely to disturb public peace' I may go on with "denigration" , may I not?

The second point is connected closely to the first one. In a totally Islamized society like that of Turkey with its incredible 99,8% Islamization rate - what sort of " religious values of a part of the population" may be meant, I wonder ? If the head of this 99,8% Islamic state encourages hatred against Israel in his speeches and behaviour; if Turkish citizens besiege unhindered the Israeli consulate in Istanbul shouting their hatred against Jews; if all over Istanbul billboards are full of propaganda posters against Israel with slogans like "Moses, even this is not written in your book" and "Israel Stop this Crime"; if in the streets of Istanbul people are writing such graffiti as "Kill Jews," "Kill Israel," "Israel should no longer exist in the Middle East"; if on the door of one of the biggest synagogues in Izmir one could read the threats : "We will kill you"; if near Istanbul University, a group put a huge poster on the door of a shop owned by a Jew: "Do not buy from here, since this shop is owned by a Jew" , then this definitely does not constitute "an act likely to disturb public peace" and is not conducted at all in " a manner which might constitute a clear and imminent danger to public order", isn't it? For it it were, how many Turks would be arrested and imprisoned for "inciting groups of the population to breed enmity or hatred towards one another based on social class, race, religion, sect or regional difference" ? But thanks Allah, this was clearly not the case here, was it ?

While on the contrary, if these 0,02% residual intimidated kafirs tried to defend themselves and criticize Islam, the only faith in Ataturkistan, and the way public debates are being conducted in this intolerant oppressive state, then that would definitely be "an act likely to disturb public peace"as the very foundation of holy Islam&Turkishness&Kemalism would be in danger, wouldn't they?

So while you keep lulling us kafirs with your legal fairy tales to sleep, some Turkish newspapers like Today's Zaman despite censorship start timidly calling a spade a spade : "Hate speech and racism: Turkey's 'untouchables'on the rise" :

" The ghost of hatred and paranoia is as well as anytime before [...]

Last week, the chief prosecutor in Ankara launched an investigation into a public apology campaign that now has more than 26,000 signatures. Those who signed it apologize individually for what they call the "Great Catastrophe" that took place in 1915, during which hundreds of thousands of Armenian subjects of the Ottoman Empire were deported or massacred and their properties confiscated.

The investigation was launched on the request of six people from Ankara, who demanded that the campaigners be punished on the grounds of publicly "denigrating the Turkish nation," based on the "revised" Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). Their "logic" is as follows: "What their conscience does not accept as denial is what the world claims to be genocide. Accusing the 'great Turkish nation' as genocidal amounts to demeaning that very nation.' [...] there was another rather remarkable development in Eskişehir, not far from Ankara. Niyazi Çapa, chairman of the Federation of Osmangazi Culture Associations, called a news conference with some members and friends. Wearing local outfits, they posed for pictures. In those pictures, you see people holding placards on which the following slogans were written: "No Armenians and Jews are allowed through this door" and "It is free for dogs to enter." Çapa proudly declared, "We have now shown that dogs are more valuable than them." Racism and hate speech is -- albeit rather vaguely -- defined and criminalized in the TCK. Article 216 exists for the prosecutors to act upon. But it is treated as a frozen article that nobody cares or thinks about. The absence of prosecution also leads to a situation where the citizens (of Jewish, Armenian and other origins) no longer feel protected. The fear is remarkably visible within the Jewish community in İstanbul."

So much from the official Turkish press on Article 216 and 301 and the legal fictions of Ataturkistan.

I may add on my part we should not forget either that "Mein Kampf" has been recently a bestseller in Turkey or that the famous TV series "Ayrilik" "Seperation" shown on state-owned TV, where Israelis merrily massacre poor Arabs, sadistically kill little girls and use new-born babies as targets to proceed in a new series of the same movie to kidnap Moslem children to forcibly convert them to Judaism, has been such a great "success" as well.

We can omit the traditional plight of the Christians in Turkey with the recent Moslem raid upon the Valouki cemetery in Istanbul where Turkish tomb raiders desecrated and destroyed 90 graves on a single night. It goes without saying that "despite the seriousness of the incident, the local press did not report it." Why should it, anyway? Turkey has such excellent laws that protect the country's majority that doubting or exposing the legal lie would have automatically to ' constitute a clear and imminent danger to public order', might it not?

Some like Turk here try - metaphorically speaking- to whitewash the black dog at any cost while others prefer not to raise the issue of the dogs true colours at all. They know the Turkish dog is irascible and bites easily anybody that looks at him askance.

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