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Noah, the Flood, and Mobile Phones: Dr. Yavuz Örnek

Gundem Otesi

The Biblical or rahter the Quranic flood was discussed on Turkish television the other day: on the show Gündem Ötesi presented by Pelin Çift on the state broadcaster TRT. Çift was joined by two academics with supposed expertise in the field of mythology and other legends: Prof.Dr. Ömer Faruk Harman, a specialist in the historz of religion from the İbn Haldun University (Başakşehir/İstanbul) and Dr. Yavuz Örnek, a chemist and member of the Istanbul University Institute of Marine Sciences and Management.1 And, the latter really stole the show by means of uttering the most outlandish statements and remarks. Örnek, for instance, claimed that Noah convinced his disbelieving son to join him on the Ark using a mobile phone to talk to him . . . he furthermore also alleged that, 10,000 years ago, Noah built a steel ship powered by nuclear energy, explaining that his claims were all based on scientific proof. However, he experienced difficuties when he tried to explain the exact nature of these scientific arguments. In addition, the academic added that Noah’s son had used a flying object and that Jesus had been born 2,300 years ago.

Ali Ornek

The clearly hapless chemist also claimed that Noah had not collected specimens of every animal on earth in his Ark, but rather sperm and egg samples that had been supplied by America and France . . . The presenter Pelin Çift and her other guest Prof. Harman were both rather surprised by Örnek’s weird statements. In fact, upon the presenter attempting to clarify and correct her guest’s outrageous utterances, Örnek countered by stating “I am a scientist and I speak in the name of science”.


1“Nuh Tufanı hakkında en tuhaf iddia: Hz. Nuh, oğlu ile cep telefonuyla görüştü” Cumhuriyet (05 Jan 2018). http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/yasam/899311/Nuh_Tufani_hakkinda_en_tuhaf_iddia__Hz._Nuh__oglu_ile_cep_telefonuyla_gorustu.html?platform=hootsuite.

The National Army or al-Jaysh al-Watani


On 1 January 2018, the Islamist paper Yeni Şafak announces that the “Turkey-backed National Army, or al-Jaysh al-Watani in Arabic, is comprised of over 30 sub-groups which fought in the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, Homs, Hama, Raqqa, Hasaka, Deir Ezzor and Latakia, making it the biggest fighting force in Syria since the breakout of the civil war in 2011. The 22,000 strong National army, which was founded by the head of Syria’s Interim Government Jawad Abu Hatab, is set to play a big role in the upcoming Afrin operation . . . [and t]here are [also] three Turkmen brigades among the ranks of the newly announced National Army that was formed following a meeting in Azaz. These brigades included the Sultan Mehmet Fatih brigade, which is under the command of Doğan Suleiman, and the Muntasir Billah and the newly-founded Sultan Murat Brigade”.1

Apo + HDP heyeti (May 014)

These obviouly Islamist or Jihadi armed forces thus seem to have been put together for the express purpose of battling the Kurdish PYD (YPG/YPJ), as an offshoot of the PKK (or Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê). In other words, the Prez and AKP-led Turkey appears to opf for delegating the fight to a supposedly independent Syrian faction, arguably in an effort to deflect attention from the fact that hte Turkish state seems once again to be targeting the Kurds . . . thereby pitting Islamsts against secularists (or leftists) rather than simply Turks against Kurds. In order for the reader to nevertheless comprehend the urgency of this anti-Kurdish initiative, the Turkish Islamist paper explains that the “PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. The PKK has been conducting armed violence in the southeastern part of Turkey since 1984. More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the three-decade long conflict”.2

PKK Logo

1 “Turkey-backed National Army formed in Syria” Yeni Şafak (01 Jan 2018). https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/turkey-backed-national-army-formed-in-syria-2921743.

2 “Turkey-backed National Army formed in Syria”.