by Uzay Bulut
Yesterday, the Turkish government rejected a parliamentary proposal to cancel all of its agreements with Israel. The call was made by the pro-Kurdish HDP party.
The party’s head, Selahattin Demirtas, even “cursed the boundless barbarism of the State of Israel”. The HDP officials are expressing their pathetic outbursts of anti-Israel bigotry on several platforms, including social media and in Turkey’s parliament.
For a long time, I thought two Middle Eastern peoples of different faiths – Kurds and Jews – could form a genuine partnership and support one another in a region of chronic instability and bloodshed. I even wrote an article promoting a Jewish-Kurdish alliance. What a big mistake that was. The extremely misinformed and unethical stance of Turkey’s largest Kurdish party – the HDP – has deeply shattered my beliefs.
I’m not going to go into the details of the Israeli-Arab conflict. All I’ll say is Jews are natives of Israel and builders of Jerusalem. There’s not a single Jew in Gaza. Moreover, there are videos and reports revealing the real intentions of Hamas protests on the Israeli border: butchering the Jews and destroying Israel.
One would expect that Kurds (and of course, Turks), who are guilty of several crimes against non-Muslims including genocide, massacres and severe mistreatment/persecution of Christians, Jews and Yazidis, would feel ashamed and think a thousand times before bashing a historically persecuted and INDIGENOUS people trying to survive in a region surrounded by murderous enemies.
But apparently, the HDP’s hard-left and Islamic background largely obstructs them from understanding some very basic historical and political realities.
Of course, I’m not talking about all Kurdish factions, parties and individuals. But given the HDP’s venomous stance against Israel, I can say that they once again chose to serve the Ottomans instead of thinking independently and acting righteously.
And I do hope that Israeli journalists, activists and politicians, who have been very generous in their support to the Kurdish cause, take note.