Skip to comments.Syrian car hits family in Turkey, raising racial tensions
Posted on 07/16/2014 9:33:12 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
Tension between locals and Syrians escalated in the southeastern province of Gaziantep when a car with a Syrian plate hit a family on July 15, injuring a mother and a daughter.
The Syrian driver, whose identity remains unknown, crashed into the family of four while the latter was crossing the Özdemirbey Avenue in the evening hours. Güneş Aydoğan, 54, and her 5-year-old daughter Betül Aydoğan were taken to hospital after being injured in the accident.
Turkish citizens who gathered at the scene attacked the car and broke its windows, attempting to lynch the Syrian driver.
The outraged group also attacked other cars with Syrian plates that were passing by.
Police dispersed the group and took the driver to the police station.
The group later marched to Savcılı neigborhood where many Syrian people who fled the conflict in their war-torn country have been living. Police intervened when the group attempted to march on workplaces run by Syrian people.
Some Syrian owners removed Arabic signs on the windows of their workplaces following the incident.
Police have increased security measures in the region.
Justice and Development Party (AKP) Gaziantep lawmaker Ali Şahin condemned the incident via Twitter, calling on citizens not to be part of provocations.
A masked group attacked shops run by Syrian refugees in the southern province of Adana on July 14, while some 1,000 locals in Kahramanmaraş marched against the presence of Syrian migrants in the city.
The number of Syrians who are housed in refugee camps and cities in neighboring Turkey has reached 1.05 million, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said last month.
Don’t things like this happen right here in America?
SO Third-World in their response to a perceived hurt.
“Nobody disses our ‘hood!”
Muslim nations have unusual traffic laws regarding who has the right of way (in practice).
You must always yield the right of way, regardless of traffic signs, based on the following pecking order:
1. Muslim males of the country of origin
2. Muslim females of the country of origin
3. Muslim males from some other country
4. Muslim females from some other country
5. Non-Muslim males
6. Non-Muslim females
So, if you are working on an oil contract in say UAE and an Arab male runs a stop sign and hits you, just be very apologetic about being in his way, promise to take full responsibility, and plead with the police not to throw you in jail for being hit. Better yet, just take a taxi.
Syrians and Turks are of different races?
You betcha Turks and Syrians are entirely different ethnicities.
Just look at the differences between the French and the Germans over the centuries. And the series of wars that arose over that small variance between the two neighbors.
Race is identical to ethnicity? "Race" and "ethnicity" are synonyms?
In the continuing corruption of words and meanings, these two terms have been conflated in the minds of many people. Turks are of a different tribal origin than the Syrians, even though they have, at one time or another, been administered by the same tyrant or despot.
"Race" would connote a specific set of distinct physical characteristics, easily distinguished by the casual observer, and passed on to the next generation through genetics. "Ethnicity" is a set of social and cultural traits, not subject to genetic inheritances, that are passed by teaching by the elders of the tribe, or region, or organized nation-state, to the young.
In a broad interpretation of "race", both the Turks and Syrians would be considered to be "Caucasians". As opposed to, say, Orientals or the black people of Africa.
Eventually, any dispute between persons of anything other than European descent will be called “a racial incident.”