Anti-Semitic Academics: Where is the Outrage Against Turkey?

In Turkey, academics are currently at the mercy of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who demands their compliance and threatens dissenters. After last July’s failed coup (for which Erdogan blamed an American scholar), a series of emergency decrees have specifically targeted Turkish academia. One would think this assault would raise ire from the ivory towers, but as Turkey slides deeper into totalitarianism, academia yawns. The failure of many professors to stand up vigorously and publicly for what they profess is especially notable in those whose careers are focused on the demonization of Israel through various attempts to destroy Israel by suffocating it economically.

All right, it is summer break and everyone is off doing research, writing novels and looking for grant money. But Erdogan’s crackdown is not new. Most of it was ignored until January 2016 when he targeted a group of Turkish scholars who called themselves “Academics for Peace” for producing a petition demanding that the Turkish government “end the massacre of the Kurdish people.”

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  • k2

    There simply aren’t enough secular Kemalist types left in Turkey to oppose Erdogan and the Islamization of that once largely secular nation. As is happening in the West, they were outbred by their more … pious … co-religionists, and now the game is over for them; the few that remain must remain quiet and toe the Islamic line, or they will disappear. Such is the future for Western nations too, given the unstoppable influx of muslim immigrants and the fact that their birthrates, once established in their new countries, are 3 or 4 times that of the native populations.