Thursday, 23 August 2012

Turks Threaten Russian Football Fans After Anti-Ataturk and Anti-Islam Displays at Spartak Match

Nine-time Russian champions Spartak Moscow on Thursday accused fans of their Champions League play-off rivals Fenerbahce of hacking into the club's website and threatening violence.

The charges stemmed from a fiery first leg in Moscow on Tuesday, which the Russians won 2-1 after their fans set fire to a portrait of Kemal Ataturk, the first president of modern Turkey.

"The Father of All Turks" has the effective status of Turkey's national symbol, and portraits and pictures of him on horseback adorn family rooms and buildings across the country.

The Russian government's official newspaper said the Fenerbahce fans had hacked the website overnight on Wednesday and posted a message in Turkish reading: "We do not let crime go unpunished."

Spartak are due to travel to Istanbul for the second leg next Wednesday.
The Spartak site was running again by Thursday afternoon after the club used its Twitter account to blame the incident on "Turkish hackers".

The winner of the head-to-head encounter will qualify for the group stage of Europe's elite club competition.
Source: AFP

The image above shows the fans holding up an anti-mosque placard as well as burning an image of the butcher Ataturk.

According to this report of the incident in the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, UEFA is considering punishing the Russian club even though it is the Muslim Turks who have broken the law and threatened the use of violence!
Turkish flags were also burned by the Spartak fans, according to a report penned by an observer from European football’s governing body, UEFA.

An official response is yet to come from UEFA, but Russian media reports hinted at a possible end to Spartak's Champions League journey if the team ends up being disqualified.
Source: Hurriyet

Friday, 17 August 2012

Half of Turkish Immigrants Want a Muslim Majority in Germany

The statement that Islam is the one true religion is found ever more often. 62 per cent of the Turks in Germany say that they prefer to be only with Turks. Almost half (46 per cent) say that they would like there to be more Muslims than Christians in Germany.

These are the results of a new representative study of the opinion research institute Info GmbH, for which 1011 migrants from Turkey were questioned by telephone. [The definition of migrant will include second-generation immigrants.] The 300-page study “German-Turkish life and value worlds” was published in Berlin on Friday morning.

Proportion of strictly religious increasing

"The results speak clearly for an increasing role of the Islamic religion in the value system of the Turks in Germany", says managing director Holger Liljeberg. 37 per cent of those asked are strictly religious, only 9 per cent describe themselves as “not religious”. The proportion of those who are strictly religious has increased since 2010. 44 per cent pray at least once per day; 34 per cent even perform all five prescribed prayers per day.

Surprisingly, the highest proportion of at least quite religious is found in the youngest age group. “Especially in religious aspects, the youngest generation shows itself to have somewhat more radical views than the older,” says Liljeberg. The older Turks have mainly immigrated themselves and are therefore characteristed politically by securalism and Kemalism.

Young people with a Turkish immigrant background are especially in favour of the free distribution of Korans in the German language, a campaign of radical Islamic Salafists in German pedestrian zones. 63 per cent of the 15-29-years-olds think the “Read!” campaign is very good or quite good. However almost 70 per cent of older Turks speak out against it.

Prejudices towards atheists and Jews

In direct comparison Germany is judged superior to Turkey with regards to social welfare, living standards, education and laws, while Turkey is considered to be more liveable, more attractive, generously tolerant and sympathetic. The proportion of those who want to “return” to Turkey sometime increases to 45 per cent.

"The social insurance systems prevent a major wave of emigration", says Liljeberg. "This could change with another business upswing in Turkey."

The director of the study considers the increase in religious prejudices worrying. 46 per cent of the immigrants questioned agreed with the statement “I would like there to be more Muslims than Christians living in Germany”. In 2010 it was only 33 per cent. 25 per cent of the opinion that atheists are inferior people. 18 per cent consider Jews inferior.
Source: Die Welt Via: PI