Adnan Oktar and the Islamist sex cult
Israeli politicians and Jewish media across the World have excitedly embraced the efforts of Turkish television channel A9 to effect and encourage interfaith dialogue – or, as the channel itself puts it, promote “peace and love” between all peoples.
The programme is part of a hardline group run by Turkish Islamist Adnan Oktar (aka Harun Yahya), an extremist with a history of promoting Holocaust Denial and who fuses Ataturk nationalism with Turkish Islamism in his attacks upon Jews, Darwinists and Atheists. His group of followers is best described as a cult; one accused by a number of critics of using sexual abuse and blackmail to achieve political leverage.
A9 is falsely perceived by a number of media outlets as an example of a moderate Islamic voice that is working to bring Jews and Muslims closer together. While this is indeed the declared purpose of A9, it is a facade that shrouds a hostile Islamist agenda. Just as democracy was a useful means for Turkish Islamists to propagate their anti-democratic views, so too is A9’s declared devotion to interfaith dialogue a sanitising veneer that distracts from its more sinister ideas.
Jewish media outlets, from the Los Angeles Jewish Journal to Arutz Sheva and the Jerusalem Post, have published opinion pieces by Oktar and a number of his disciples. Israeli politicians, including former cabinet ministers, have appeared on Oktar’s television show. By embracing Oktar, they risk burying the truth about Oktar’s anti-Semitism and will legitimise Oktar and his group as a respectable organisation.
- Adnan Oktar (aka Harun Yahya), a Turkish author, fuses Ataturk nationalism with Turkish Islamism in his attacks upon Jews, Darwinists and Atheists. His group of followers is best described as a cult; one accused of using sexual abuse and blackmail to achieve political leverage.
- Oktar’s claim, after 2001, to abhor anti-Semitism and to be a voice of peace and moderation is, in our opinion, a charade designed to bring him greater influence and respectability. His websites are replete with anti-Semitic ideas and references to anti-Semitic works that Oktar claims he did not write.
- Likewise, the A9 television channel’s interfaith programme is a front for Oktar’s hardline Islamist ideology, designed to earn Oktar legitimacy.
- Jewish media and Israeli politicians have mistakenly latched on to Oktar as a moderate; without grasping the truth about Oktar’s ideology. By engaging with him and his cult, Jewish leaders run the risk of betraying bona fide liberal Muslim groups and legitimising Oktar as a pro-peace and anti-terror voice.
- Oktar’s group is typical of Turkish Islamism, which increasingly seeks to adopt and exploit Western processes in order to propagate its ideological values. Just as the AKP has used democratic methods to promote anti-democratic ideas, so too is Oktar using interfaith dialoue to both sanitize himself and propagate anti-Western and anti-Semitic tropes.