A Turkish newspaper connected to the Millî Görüş movement has published an anti-Semitic piece calling for a parliamentary commission of inquiry in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, alleging that “Zionists” are ‘occupying” land on the Turkish-occupied north side of the island. According to the Milli Gazete article, the intent is to make Northern Cyprus part of Israel:
September 28, 2022 While the Zionist groups occupying the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) step by step continue their work without slowing down, a research commission should be established in the TRNC Assembly as soon as possible. While the Zionist threat is growing in the TRNC, both the financier and the organizer are clear… Milli Gazete, which has been fighting hard to prevent the TRNC lands from being occupied by the Zionists, is making a historical and very important call. While the Zionists resolutely continue their efforts to make the Cyprus a part of the Promised Land, it is of great importance that the TRNC state take action now. In this context, as a first step, a research commission should be established in the TRNC Assembly.
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The claim that Zionists are occupying Northern Cyprus is related to past such Milli Gazete assertions. For example, in July, the paper asserted that Zionists had “invaded” Northern Cyrpus by purchasing 25,000 acres of land using “nearly 2,000 companies they bought:”
July 19, 2022 Milli Gazete, with its news for months, warns that Israel has invaded Northern Cyprus step by step through the Zionists and local collaborators who have been made TRNC citizens. The Zionists, who acquired land through nearly 2,000 companies they bought, have purchased around 25,000 acres of land in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). While there is concern that Cyprus will become a part of the “Greater Israel Project” if the land sale in Cyprus is not prevented, many TRNC patriots are trying to stand up to this danger.
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This article goes on to say, “most of the lands purchased by the Israeli regime, which has quietly occupied Cyprus step by step, are agricultural lands.”
Israeli media reported as early as 2006 on legitimate purchase of Northern Cyprus land, not by the Israeli government, but by private investors as investments in real-estate deals taking advantage of cheaper prices than in southern Cyprus:
September 18, 2006 In recent years, Israeli investors have also begun to discover northern Cyprus, although they have been investing in southern Cyprus, near Larnaca and Limassol, for years. Industry sources estimate that hundreds of Israelis have so far purchased land for the construction of thousands of housing and holiday apartments, in deals worth hundreds of thousands of pounds sterling.
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Milli Gazete is a Turkish newspaper that was established in 1973. A Turkish academic has described it as the semi-official paper of Millî Görüş founder Necmettin Erbakan’s political parties. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution of the German state of Hesse has said that Milli Gazete is an important print medium for Millî Görüş and that paper openly represents the movement’s ideology and calls itself its voice. Milli Gazete’s Editor-in-Chief, Mustafa Kurdaş, is on the General Administrative Board of the Felicity Party, Erbakan’s last party affiliation, and Millî Görüş’s current political representation.
Millî Görüş is a Turkish religious and political movement founded by Necmettin Erbakan, Erdoğan’s political mentor, which has called for an end to the secular regime in Turkey. In Germany, Millî Görüş operates as the Islamische Gemeinschaft Millî Görüş (IGMG), which oversees the work of Millî Görüş chapters in at least 12 European countries and states that it has over 127,000 members worldwide. The GIOR has reported the German government’s assertion that Turkish President Erdoğan’s AKP party has intensified its relations with Millî Görüş in Germany.