Turkish Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen penned an op-ed Tuesday titled "The Turkey I No Longer Know" in The Washington Post, complaining about the country's "downward authoritarian drift." He is described respectfully by WaPo as "an Islamic scholar, preacher, and social advocate," but in fact Gulen, who has been living in exile in the United States since 1999, leads the Gulen movement, also referred to by Turkish security services as the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).
Mainstream media in the U.S. have ignored the facts revealed in an op-ed from The Jerusalem Post last year which noted that Gulen – who has a worldwide Islamic political agenda – was “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” whose schools are influential in the worldwide private-school education network.
The Jerusalem Post noted that he is “virulently anti-Semitic and [his] belief system is irreconcilable with and deeply opposed to Christianity, the West and the US. An article published by Commentary in September 2013 reported a number of anti-Semitic writings by Gülen, uncovered by Harvard professors Dani Rodrik and Pina Dogan. These writings, copies of sermons Gülen gave in Turkey before escaping to the US in 1998 to avoid prosecution by the Turkish government for anti-secular activities, are in direct contrast to what he wants Jewish leaders to believe."
From “Fasildan Fasila-1,” for example, which still appears online in Turkish:
“The Jewish tribe is very intelligent. This intelligent tribe has put forth many things throughout history in the name of science and thought. But these have always been offered in the form of poisoned honey and have been presented to the world as such. For instance, Karl Marx is a Jew; the communism he developed looks like a good alternative to capitalism at first sight, but in essence it is a deathly poison mixed in honey.... It would not be an exaggeration to say that ‘the purpose behind the creation of such a people is to be the coil spring for human progress.’
"Just as God unleashes the hawk to evolve the sparrow’s capability for flight, with the Jews He keeps humans alert and under tension....Jews will maintain their existence until the apocalypse. And shortly before the apocalypse, their mission of acting as the coil spring for humanity’s progress will come to an end, and they will prepare their end with their own hands.... These people... will finally end up in the position of Nazis and will look for a place to hide in the four corners of the earth.”
The Jerusalem Post cites more examples, and warns that Gulen says one thing to his followers and another to the public.
Gulen claimed in an interview with The Atlantic he had an “evolution of thinking” regarding the Jews since coming to the United States in 2000. The Washington Post may be buying that, but we're not.