Beautiful Hagia Sophia: Between the Sacred and the Profane; Turkey is Condemned, While Israel Gets a Pass
On 10 July, 2020, one of Turkey’s highest courts ruled in favor of reconverting the Hagia Sophia Museum to a mosque. Within an hour of the ruling, Turkish President Erdogan decreed that the 1,583 year old iconic UNESCO World Heritage cultural monument would revert to a mosque and be “open to Muslim worship.”
Wide-ranging international condemnatory responses were quick to follow. And, while Turkey has been taken behind the woodshed to be condemned, scolded, and thrashed, Israel’s recent supreme court’s ruling in favor of Jewish settlers’ stealing of Greek Orthodox church properties (in violation of international laws) in occupied Jerusalem, Palestine, as well as the vandalizing, bulldozing, and destruction of Palestinian Christian and Muslim cemeteries – is condoned and ignored.
Halaby, Raouf J. Professor Emeritus, "Beautiful Hagia Sophia: Between the Sacred and the Profane; Turkey is Condemned, While Israel Gets a Pass" (2020). Articles. 289.