Erdogan Associate Blames American ‘Jewish Lobby’ for Turkey Protests

June 18, 2013 8:28 am 18 comments

Demonstrators in Turkey's Taksim Gezi Park. Photo: Wikipedia.

An associate of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan posted this past weekend a note to a social media account in which he claimed that the protests now raging in Turkey are part of an effort by the American “Jewish lobby” to undermine Turkey’s government.

Ankara Mayor İbrahim Melih Gökçek, a member of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, has been vocal about his distaste for the protestors in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, having both mocked and criticized them through a series of tweets on his own personal twitter account

But the incendiary rhetoric reached a conspiratorial crescendo when he posted a note on twitter, which claims that Turkish intelligence has learned that the protests are a result of a February meeting of the American Enterprise Institute, which the note further asserts is a branch of the The America Israel Public Affairs Committee. The note claims that it was discussed at the meeting to have Turkish youth spill out into the streets to protest.

The note further claims that present at the meeting were several prominent neoconservative figures often associated with a pro-Israel stance, including: Paul Wolfowitz, John Bolton, Elliot Abrams, Richard Perle, and William Kristol.

18 Comments

  • So Teh Juice must be responsible for Global Warming too!

  • This guy is a fascist psycho, who for the past 15 years has been sucking the blood of the people in Ankara, using every dirty trick in the book, the majority of which is bribery and threats of every kind. He is not human, comes from a planet of vicious leeches. The fact he blames the Jewish lobby, just another one on the list of all the “the others” who are responsible for what is happening in Turkey, is no surprise.

  • Can the Turkish people focus on how do we humans dominate the land and water all over the world? Nature is for us to dominate, the other animals and mother nature.

    How do we follow good direction from the higher power above to achieve this overall goal? We do not know how to be G-D’s partner in running His world yet. We do not understand how to be in His image and respect our differences of soul and body.
    We have not understood His creation and how to help Him.

    The Turkish people are important as Was not Turkey the site where Noahs Ark finally found land from the floods? I would think they might live up to the fact that G-D thought the land of Turkey was the right place to develop the Noahide Laws before Abraham.

    Are we in a timing issue with lessons from history and knowing how to move sensatively forward with our errors? Maybe the turkish people need to consider how to move to G-D of Abraham Isaac and Joacb’s story? The next step in history was the discovery of one G-D.
    But if not go to the next step, then follow the Noahide laws.

    When will these people grow up and focus on world peace cooperatively instead of fighting with each other and blaming the Jews for their problems.
    Are they confusing the Jews with G-D? It is G-D who is the Boss.
    The Jews are HIs people a blessing unto the nations to effect the world with their souls being directly connected to this source. The Jews were scattered so they would not be able to rebel against the source themselves to get their own way.

    This source has not been fully discovered yet. So it is not the Jews who are a problem.
    It is their souls having the ultimate effect and the source is G-D and that is who to deal with in Turkey. Ask G-D Why is HE sending you fighting and rebellion? .Ask a Jewish Rabbi why G-d might be sending you this trouble? and how you might effectively build from problems. Go up to the heavens and ask G-D how to treat His people the Jews who have been blamed as thought they were G-D?

    This is a major confusion about the Jewish people who were given the job to know the source, teach the nations the rules, the Torah of the source. Think when you blame the Jews who are the people from the Bible, the holy people who carry this confusing burden to be confused with the high Almighty when they are teachers and you are refusing to learn. G-D’s rules are rules of how to get along together. The Jews are the teachers of this Book.
    How beautiful are your tents Jacob! The Jews can teach about modesty among other things.

  • I’ve been trying to lose five pound with no success. I think I’ll blame the Jews. Apparently they control the world, only the bad things though.

  • Of course the Jews are responsible. The Jews are responsible for everything bad that happens to everyone, everywhere (credit for the good belongs elsewhere, of course). What an amazing group of people — able to leap tall buildings at a single bound. The noun needs to be changed to more accurately reflect their amazing abilities: SuperJews!

  • The usual scapegoat of any tyrant.

  • Ilbert Phillips

    The Elders of Zion are nothing to the new fantasy created by Muslims who cannot believe that there people do not want a bunch of knuckleheads running their country. Turkey was a great country and staunch allies of the United States and Israel. Ataturk understood that the modern state had to be essentially secular. Erdogan thought he could undo Ataturk’s legacy. He has failed and is too stupid to recognize it. When all else reasons fail, blame the Jews. How pathetic.

  • Emil Schafer

    Accusations from thin air!!!!

  • WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS BLAME US. THIS includes the next Tsunami

  • as the old adage goes:”the voice of donkeys does not reach heaven”…….

  • David S. Most

    The lunacy of Antisemitism knows no limits!

    The Ankara mayor vents his frustration at the indigenous Turkish protests by fantasizing the standard anti-Jewish canard of a “Jewish lobby” somewhere, somehow, some way driving young Turks to protest.

    I suppose it is too far beyond reality to expect anything other than this kind of idiotic fantasy from somebody with his “intelligence”.

  • Walt and Mearshimer must be kvelling right now. Such pride.

  • The Israel Lobby can’t even get America to support Israel much less do anything in Turkey.

  • Rafi Manory

    I must say that I am amazed with this statement. In Romania where I grew up there used to be a joke that everything can be blamed on the Jews and bicycle riders. The question after that was ‘Why the bicycle riders?’…

  • The pig

  • Bigolfascist

    Right. Look no further than the administration in Washington that sponsors the Muslim Brotherhood and brought you the “Arab Spring”. That is the reason for the demonstrations. To insure moderates are not allowed in power. Same old story, different country.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Well you knew that was coming.

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