Italian and Israeli groups protested on Monday the decision by Turkey to turn the Hagia Sophia museum to a mosque.
Greek Reporter (h/t from greece) Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the Turkish consulate in Milan to express their dismay at the Turkish decision. Led by populist hero, Matteo Salvini, leader of the rightist Northern League party, protesters held banners reading: “Stop Islamic fundamentalism” and “Get your hands off Hagia Sofia”.
“It should not be possible for Islamic fanaticism to erase centuries of history, rights and freedom,” Salvini declared.
“It should not be possible for the Turkish regime to turn churches into mosques without anyone speaking out,” he added, calling on the Italian government and the European Union to impose sanctions on Ankara.
Meanwhile, waving Greek flags, an Israeli group burned the Turkish flag in protest of the Hagia Sophia conversion to an Islamic supremacist center.
Greek City Times (h/t Manos) A small group of Israelis waving the Greek flag, also burned a Turkish flag in front of Turkey’s Consulate in Jerusalem on Monday. The nine Israelis, going by the name of the Jerusalem Initiative, were protesting Turkey’s provocative move to turn the Byzantine-built Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
The Jerusalem Initiative is made up of Christians and Jews and includes at least one person from the Israeli army, the group’s head Elias Zarina said.
Zarina, speaking to Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency also called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to support and protect Christians around the world.
The small group not only waved Greek and Byzantine Empire flags and hung banners with anti-Turkish slogans outside the consulate, but also burned a Turkish flag, prompting the police to arrest the person.
Even though Greece has traditionally been the most friendly European country to Palestine, the rapid growth in radical Islam as seen with the immense popularity of Hamas, has seen many Greeks question their support for the Palestinians as their elected representatives pursue contradictory policies that antagonise Greece.