‘’Oktar, 62, who started to preach his version of the Muslim faith in Istanbul in the 1980s, has since then collected 300 “good friends,” as he terms them, who follow his path, despite accusations that they are being brainwashed and also exploited sexually and economically,’’
In an article penned for Israel’s Haaretz daily, this is how contributor Asaf Ronel, describes Turkey’s own ‘’televangelist’’ Adnan Oktar.
Ronel takes a look at Oktar’s ‘’Islamic cult’’ and the affinity that Israeli figures have for who he describes as an ''anti-Semitic cult leader.''
Ronel stresses that Oktar’s over-arching themes focus on ‘’warnings against the ISIS-based interpretation of Islam, the need for interfaith dialogue – with the emphasis on ties with Israeli political and religious figures – and the struggle against the British deep state.’’’
While recalling his harem of scantily clad 'kittens,' - an entourage of women he keeps - and claims that the UK 'deep state' brought Hitler to power, Ronel asks what it is that draws Israeli politicians and rabbis to Oktar.
Since the establishment of his TV station, A9, Oktar has succeeded in getting politicians from the Balkan republics, and politicians and rabbis from Israel, to appear on his very own talk show, where women appear to be displayed as ‘’eye candy.’’
Ronel argues that willingness of at least some Israeli politicians and clerics to appear on his TV program may stem from his attitude regarding Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Oktar holds that “Christians, Jews, Muslims – everyone can worship there; the land there is sufficient for this.” The 62 year old added, ‘’We will build the prayer house of Prophet Solomon there, and in this century, inshallah [God willing].”
Some Israelis have appeared on the program in recent years are MK Yehudah Glick (Likud), Communications Minister Ayoub Kara (Likud), rabbis from all the branches of Orthodoxy, and quite a few MKs and all-expenses-paid visits took place despite the strong recommendation against ties with Oktar from Israel’s Foreign Ministry.
The Jewish community in Turkey, however, in stark contrast, wants nothing to do with Oktar.
Oktar is known for having penned anti-Semitic works including, “Judaism and Freemasonry” his first but not last anti-Semitic work, published under the pen name Harun Yahya, in 1987. Oktar denies having written books under said pen name; however, he is widely accepted as having done so.
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Contributed byAsaf Rone - Investigative Journalist