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Monday, December 5, 2016

'Islamist Dictator' Erdogan’s fifth column in Europe.

'Islamist Dictator' Erdogan’s fifth column in Europe. (TurkishMinute). By Abdullah Bozkurt.

The plain, simple and bitter truth is that Turkey’s Islamist rulers have supported and maintained parallel networks in Europe, thrown political, diplomatic and financial support to front NGOs whose role is to promote hatred, run an intimidation campaign and curtail free speech in European nations that are home to large Turkish and Muslim expat communities.

Delivering a very passionate speech last month at the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, called this as fifth column that is being operated by the cronies of autocrat president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to undermine Europe within. He called on lawmakers to fight for European values, send a strong message to Erdoğan by freezing the accession talks with Turkey, which will most likely threaten this autocrat’s economic lifeline.

Turkey’s top Islamist has been secretly organizing clandestine networks in Europe to extend his influence and to create a network of supporters among Turkish and Muslim communities (especially from Egypt, Syria, Somalia and Balkans) that could be called to serve for political goals of Erdoğan. Just last week, we have seen how this network was mobilized by Erdoğan in Germany, Belgium, Austria and Luxembourg where crowds gathered to show their support to this autocrat’s goals.

The heavyweights in Erdoğan’s fifth column in Europe is three major organizations that were set up on political and religious grounds to cater different consistencies. 

The easiest way to discern the pattern among these NGOs and Erdoğan’s political machinations is by looking how they quickly pile on when Erdoğan wanted. The first organization is the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD), founded in Germany in 2004 but later expanded to other European countries France, Belgium, Austria, Netherlands and the UK. It has been totally transformed an Islamist grass root base for Erdoğan. The organization, working closely with Turkish embassies, is important vehicle in delivering results for Erdoğan from get-out-to-vote campaigns to lobbying activities in European capitals.

While the UETD focuses exclusively on Turkish expat communities, the Union of the NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW), another NGO set up by Turkish Islamist rulers in 2005, actively works among Muslim communities in Europe and other continents. Among its members include controversial charity groups such as International Humanitarian Relief (IHH), accused of arms smuggling to rebels in Syria, and Ensar Foundation that was involved in a rape spree of dozens of children in the conservative Turkish district Karaman. Erdoğan orchestrated the cover up of criminal investigations into both and protected them from prosecutions. The UNIW has been running various schemes in Europe link up with Muslim groups in order to secure their loyalty to the undeclared Caliph Erdoğan.

The leaked emails of Erdoğan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak, authenticated inadvertently by a court complaint, revealed that both UETD and UNIW have worked together in Europe to promote goals set up by Erdoğan family.

In a 19-page report, Emanet, who is now advisor to energy minister Albayrak, said UETD must be overhauled to better realign with the Islamist government’s goals and suggested that the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB), the wealthy organization that is run by Imams sent by Turkish government to Europe.

With its control of so many mosques in Europe and huge financial resources at its disposal, DİTİB presents serious challenges before integration policies of all European countries that host sizable Turkish communities.

As a result, Turkey’s autocratic president has not only migrants to mobilize in order to destabilize Europe but also an Islamist fifth column in the heart of Europe to march forward when the time comes. The militant religious networks are already mushrooming in Europe on fertile ground provided by this fifth column’s clandestine activities. Read the full story here.

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