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Former Security Intelligence Directorate President Sabri Uzun’s message he shared on Twitter targeting the Jewish community in Turkey has been with met with alarm.
“That fire can’t be put out”
Referring to the developments in the region, Uzun in his message said, “I ask for Israelis/Jews: If the incidents in Syria reflect on Jews in Turkey, it will be a PITY! That fire can’t be put out…It will be a pity for your common fate that you have been sharing for 1492/2018=626 years..”
Saying that the Twitter post is threatening, the Turkish Jewish Community on its official Twitter account made a call to the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Justice.
“You must immediately report this”
The tweet posted by the Turkish Jewish Community read, “Mr. Sabri Uzun we want to view this as your anticipation rather than a threat, and we expect you to report this to the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Justice to prevent a potential September 6-7”.
The Istanbul pogrom, also known as the Istanbul riots or September events were organized mob attacks directed primarily at Istanbul's Greek minority on 6–7 September 1955. The riots were orchestrated by the Tactical Mobilisation Group, the seat of Operation Gladio's Turkish branch; the Counter-Guerrilla, and National Security Service, the precursor of today's National Intelligence Organisation.
The events were triggered by the false news that the Turkish consulate in Thessaloniki, in northern Greece—the house where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk had been born in 1881—had been bombed the day before. A bomb planted by a Turkish usher at the consulate, who was later arrested and confessed, incited the events. The Turkish press, conveying the news in Turkey, was silent about the arrest and instead insinuated that Greeks had set off the bomb.
A Turkish mob, most of which had been trucked into the city in advance, assaulted Istanbul’s Greek community for nine hours. Although the mob did not explicitly call for Greeks to be killed, over a dozen people died during or after the attacks as a result of beatings and arson. The police remained mostly ineffective, and the violence continued until the government declared martial law in İstanbul and called in the army to put down the riots.
The pogrom greatly accelerated emigration of ethnic Greeks from Turkey, and the Istanbul region in particular. The Greek population of Turkey declined from 119,822 persons in 1927, to about 7,000 in 1978. In Istanbul alone, the Greek population decreased from 65,108 to 49,081 between 1955 and 1960.
The 2008 figures released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry placed the number of Turkish citizens of Greek descent at 3,000–4,000;while according to the Human Rights Watch (2006) their number was estimated to be 2,500.
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