Jews, Armenians Exposed to Most Hate Speech in Turkey

March 1, 2013 11:53 am 5 comments

Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: wiki commons.

A study by Turkey’s Hrant Dink Foundation has found that Jews have become the main object of hate speech in the country, followed by Armenians, Christians, and Greeks.

The study was conducted by scanning 16 newspapers by hand and searching for key words in  1,000 national and local newspapers published between September and December 2012.

The results should come as no surprise. In 2010, Turkish TV aired an antisemitic film, “Valley of the Wolves: Ambush,” which depicted the Mossad spying in Turkey and kidnapping Turkish babies. In January, a display in a Turkish mall sparked controversy for its depiction of Adolf Hitler alongside cultural figures such as the Beatles and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Relations between Israel and Turkey have been strained in recent years. On Wednesday, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called Zionism  a “crime against humanity” akin to racism and fascism. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office called Erdogan’s remarks “sinister and mendacious.” Additionally, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Erdogan’s comments were “hollow words that only reflect ignorance.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to the Middle East this month skips Israel, although he is stopping in Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and  several other countries.

5 Comments

  • Robert Seibert

    Jerry Hirsh,, you sir are an idiot! Armenians(and Kurds) are the closest cousins of the Jews!

    • jerry hersch

      Robert-Interesting name are you related to Prof Robert Seibert at Knox College one of the strong pro-Palestinian voices influencing American politicos ??

  • Jerry Hersch

    It is misleading to pair Jews and Armenians. Any reading of Armenian articles whether eminating in Armenia,Lebanon,Syria,Iran or Judea/Samaria would show that thry are anti-Jewish and anti-Israel.Do not confuse the American Amenian..educated,cosmopolitan..open-with the Armenian communities across the sea

  • Jerry Hersch

    I read the Turkish papers daily..Hurriyet every day and at least one other regional paper each day.There is a lot written about Israel and so its content may be deemed anti-Israel ..I find little that is specically anti-Jewish except a few on line blog papers-which we have enough of here in the States.
    Much of my Facebook page are comments by friends in Azerbaijani, Farsi,Turkish,Arabic or Hebrew
    As for Armenia ..Armenia is probably Iran’s greatest ally and a major conduit for arms and fund as well as a cover for trade.The Armenian community in Iran is treated royally.The internet Armenian language blogs are replete with anti-Semitism. The Armenian communities in Syria and Lebanon are the most vociferously anti-Israel anti-Jewish in those nations. And it is Palestinian Armenians who march with Moslem Palestians no matter what their political stripe.
    It is in Armenia that Turkey and Israel have a common foe.
    My awakening phone call today was from my friend Ulku wishing me a belated joyous Purim

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