Thursday April 17th 2014

Israel Assisting Kurdish Rebels Against Turkey

by Avi Yellin

Turkish sources told the Jordanian daily al-Majd on Monday that Turkish security forces are investigating a Mossad connection to the attacks on a Turkish airbase that took place on May 31, during tensions between Israel and Turkey surrounding the Gaza-bound flotilla. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) took responsibility for the attacks.

The sources further claimed that the Turkish security apparatuses had recently thwarted an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan by Kurdish rebels with connections to the Mossad.

The Qatari daily al-Sharq reported on Wednesday that media elements in Turkey were attempting to link the upsurge in PKK attacks to the Turkish anti-Israel positions on the Gaza blockade and on Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The daily reported that Turkish government officials have expressed certainty that the Mossad was behind the recent PKK violence.

Indy News Israel recently reported that Israeli military and intelligence agents were operating in Iraqi Kurdistan, training Kurdish commandos in guerrilla warfare tactics. The Kurds – whose country is currently occupied by Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria – are a non-Arab Middle Eastern nation who generally hold pro-Israel views and see Zionism as a model to achieve their own national liberation.

Israeli activist Benny Katz of the Zionist Freedom Alliance told Indy News Israel that he hopes the Turkish accusations are true. “As Zionists, we should believe in the rights of all peoples to live freely in their homelands unmolested by imperialism or foreign aggression,” said Katz.

“As a nation that has struggled and continues to struggle for our right to live freely in our ancestral homeland, Jews share a special obligation to work towards the freedom of other indigenous peoples fighting against oppression. Israel must become involved to the extent that we are capable in foreign struggles for national liberation and we should do everything possible to assist the Kurdish people in their struggle for freedom from the four countries currently occupying Kurdistan.”

Since 1984, the PKK has been engaged in a war of liberation for the mainly Kurdish populated territories that make up the north of historic Kurdistan but currently exist as Turkey’s southeast. The war for Kurdish independence has since claimed roughly 45,000 lives, with Kurds making up the vast majority of casualties.

The PKK has demanded an end to all discrimination in Turkish laws against ethnic Kurds, hoping instead to be granted full political freedoms. The party has also demanded Turkey’s recognition of the Kurds’ identity in its constitution and of their language as a native language along with Turkish in Kurdish populated areas. Most Kurds currently living under Turkish occupation openly sympathize with the PKK despite it being considered a ‘terrorist’ organization by both Ankara and Washington.

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