Andrei Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, was fatally shot on 19 December at an art exhibition in Ankara. The perpetrator was a Turkish special forces police officer. Many Turkish Twitter users, however, blamed the assassination on the Jews, calling it a “Jewish plot” and claiming that the assassin “had a Jewish look”.
There is clear incitement for this religious act of barbarism. President Erdogan declared Christmas and New year un-islamic in all mosques. There have been widespread billboards, pamplets, handouts, showing Muslims attacking the Santa. One billboard has members of Alperen Ocaklari (the youth organization of the Great Union Party in Turkey) holding a gun to Santa’s head.