Yıldız Tilbe (born 16 July 1966) is a Turkish pop folk singer and one of the best selling musical artists in Turkey, known especially for her eastern-infused ballads.
Early life and career:
Her father is from Ağrı and her mother is from Tunceli.
While performing at a nightclub in 1991, she met Sezen Aksu. For some time, she worked as a backing singer and collaborated with several other artists on their music projects. Yıldız released her debut album Delikanlım in 1994 and songs from this and later albums have received airplay overseas.
Tilbe writes most of her songs herself and she also composes for other artists, including Tarkan.
Antisemitism and Anti-Israel Views:
After the 2006 Israeli airstrike on Lebanon, during a television appearance Tilbe said, "May God bring down one disaster after another upon Israel," to which the studio audience answered, "Amen."
In response to Israeli airstrikes on Gaza in early July 2014, Tilbe is reported to have said on social media site Twitter: "God bless Hitler, it was even too few what he did to the Jews, he was right" and "The Jews will be destroyed by Muslims, in the name of Allah, not much time left for it to be done".
Tilbe's tweets received support from the mayor of Turkey's capital Ankara, Melih Gökçek, who is a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party and himself a controversial figure.