Turkey to Create a New Generation of Terrorists
“Jihad is an element in our religion; it is in our religion…the duty of the Education Ministry is to teach every concept deservedly, in a correct way. It is also our job to correct things that are wrongly perceived, seen or taught,” Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz said during a Tuesday press conference, as quoted by Hurriyet.
“The real meaning of jihad is loving your nation,” he said, according to Reuters, adding that the concept will be included in lessons on Islamic law and basic religious sciences.
Turkey’s education minister has announced details of the country’s new curriculum, stating that it will include the concept of jihad as being patriotic, rather than a “holy war.” It will also lack any reference to Darwin’s theory of evolution.
“What our Prophet [Muhammad] says is that while returning from a war, we are going from a small jihad to a big jihad. What is this big jihad? It is to serve our society, to increase welfare, to ensure peace in society, to serve the society’s needs. The easiest thing is to wage war, to fight. The skill is the difficult one, which is to ensure peace and tranquility,” he said.
Information about last year’s failed coup attempt – which resulted in a nationwide crackdown by President Erdogan’s government – will also be included in the curriculum, according to Yilmaz. The day of the coup attempt, July 15, has been officially named ‘Democracy and National Unity Day.’
“When the subject of winning democracy is covered in social sciences classes, we will want the July 15 National Unity Day to be covered, too,” Yılmaz said.
He added that the new curriculum will also include information on the Hizmet movement led by exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara accuses of orchestrating the failed coup attempt. Turkey refers to the Hizmet movement as FETÖ (Fethullahist Terror Organization).
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara and the US have labeled a terrorist organization, and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) will also be included in the curriculum.
Yilmaz’s comments come after the head of the Turkish Education Ministry’s education board, Alpaslan Durmus, announced last month that the new curriculum would also exclude references to Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution.
Addressing the decision to eliminate Darwin from textbooks on Tuesday, Yilmaz said that it is being done “because it is above the students’ level and not directly relevant.”
Under the new curriculum, Darwin will not be mentioned in Turkish educational institutions until students reach university.
Mehhmet Balik, chairman of the Union of Education and Science Workers (Egitim-Is), has condemned the new curriculum, saying it is an attempt to avoid raising “generations who ask questions,” Reuters reported.
“The new policies that ban the teaching of evolution and requiring all schools to have a prayer room, these actions destroy the principle of secularism and the scientific principles of education,” he said.
The new curriculum will be rolled out for first, fifth and ninth graders this school year, and will extend to other classes in the 2018-2019 school year.
Erdogan will Make Turkey an Islamic State
An RT Documentary crew filming in northern Syria has seen Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) documents abandoned by retreating terrorists and found by the Kurds that, along with captured IS recruits, provide a stunning insight into the ISIS oil trade.
Only ten days after the town of Shaddadi in Syrian Kurdistan was liberated from the ISIS militants, an RT Doc film crew followed Kurdish soldiers around houses that had been abandoned in haste by fleeing jihadists. There, they found documents shedding light on the ISIS oil trade, jihadist passports with Turkish entry stamps, an instruction booklet – printed in Turkey – on how to wage war against the Syrian government, and more.
The areas surrounding Shaddadi has large natural oil reserves, and until recently, ISIS militants profited from it, forcing members of the local population to work in their oil industry. Piles of detailed invoices used by ISIS to calculate daily revenues from selling oil were found on the site. Local residents attested that intermediaries from Raqqa and Aleppo arrived to pick up the oil and often mentioned Turkey, while a captured ISIS recruit admitted on camera that the terrorist group sells oil to Turkey. He and another foreign fighter from Saudi Arabia also revealed that it had been easy to cross the Turkish border.
The documentary contains exclusive footage from towns liberated from ISIS, and features interviews with locals who had worked on ISIS oil refineries as well as testimonies from the ISIS members captured by Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) soldiers. Discover what RT Doc crew found in oil-rich areas that were under ISIS occupation only days ago.
Captured ISIS fighters admit that coming through Turkey was easy. The fighters believe this to be the case due to the fact that it has a common enemy with ISIS, the YPG (People’s Protection Unit). The YPG is yet another rebel group fighting in the Syrian civil war, and Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who call for an independent Kurdish state within Turkey. The fighter alleges that Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan wants ISIS to control Syria in order to grow the oil trade.
Turkey’s Western allies have expressed solidarity with the government over the coup attempt but have also voiced increasing alarm at the scale and swiftness of the response, urging it to adhere to democratic values.
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