Anzac Cove controversy: Memorial honouring Australian soldiers removed by Turkish Government ‘to make way for Islamist inscription’

A renovation of an Anzac Cove memorial honouring Australian soldiers may be replaced by an inscription that reflects the Turkish Government’s Islamic interpretation of the role diggers played in the Gallipoli invasion.

A photograph shared on social media on May 19 shows a destroyed monument with words attributed by Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk scratched out.

Destroyed Anzac Cove Monument

His words compared Australia’s deceased ‘Johnnies’ to the Ottoman’s ‘Mehmets,’ and gave them his blessing to be buried in his country.

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  • David Murrell

    The Cuban government under Castro removed the US memorial, in Havana harbor, to the battleship Maine.

    And walking in the park of what was then the Plains of Abraham in Quebec city, the Quebec government has essentially changed the entire park into a a park discussing various plants and trees. The are a few rusting iron markers describing the movements to the battle, but these date back to the 1920s.

  • Watchman

    An inscription like the following, from Qur’an 9:29 (Yusuf Ali translation):
    “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

    • andycanuck

      And as implied by the article the secular Turkish governments of the past 100 years have had no problem honoring the Allied dead along with their own so this marks a fundamental change if the ‘renovations’ are made in bad faith.

      • Watchman

        I suspect that Erdogan might turn 3rd March 2024 into a very special day for Turkey, and possibly announce the reinstatement of the Turkish Caliphate on that day, 100 years after it was abolished. I suspect that Erdogan would like to be the Caliph, as it is not mandatory that the Caliph is a imam, but may need to be a descendant of Mohammed or of his Quraysh tribe to be recognised as such – there is no consensus on this issue.

  • simus1

    muslims are not into the monuments and handshakes with old enemies business.
    They are in the kill infidels, kill “bad muslims”, and break stuff business.
    Sultan erdog has very acute political whiskers on when and how to please the mob. .

  • Felicia Scott

    In the words of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk: “Islam, this absurd theology of an immoral Bedoin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives.”