Germany wants to plant seeds of partition in Turkey via Alevism without Prophet Ali, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, as he commented on a recent incident against Alevis in Turkey.
“The German state wants to plant seeds of partition in the Islamic world, especially in our country, through Alevism without Ali,” Erdoğan said on Nov. 28, adding that the faultlines between Muslims are being sharpened and they are being made to turn against each other via highlighting the differences of race, religion and sects.
“There are circles that try to represent Shiism and Sunnism as different religions. These scenarios are behind the pampering of destructive projects created in the West that are being tried to be exported to our country, such as Alevism without Ali,” he also said.
Erdoğan then went on to criticize the marking of a house that Alevis live in the western province of İzmir, saying that the motive of the move is to “divide our country.”
Unknown assailants wrote “Go away Alevi!” and painted an “X” on the wall of a house in İzmir, sparking concerns among the Alevi community and drawing condemnation from the government.
“Our security teams are working on finding those who painted the mark and they will be held accountable when they’re caught. As a nation that lost dozens of our children to these provocations, we need to be vigilant against these attempts,” Erdoğan said, referring to attacks against Alevis in the past in Turkey, with people getting killed on sectarian grounds.