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Erdogan Insults Blacks as State Media Continues Anti-Semitic Campaign

July 8, 2013 12:30 pm 23 comments

Can Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pictured, weather the storm of Turkey protests that erupted over the weekend? Photo: World Economic Forum.

Not sated by his anti-Semitism, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has tried his hand at another form of blatant racism.

In comments made about Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the center-left and secular Republican Peoples Party (CHP), Erdoğan declared, “Kılıçdaroğlu is striving every bit he can to raise himself from the level of a black person to the level of a white man.”

The comments were made during a weekly meeting of his Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Commentary Magazine, which spotted the report in Turkey’s Gazeticiler online newspaper, notes that “President Obama has described Erdoğan as one of the few leaders with whom he has developed bonds of trust,” calling into question the US’s awareness of how Erdoğan speaks for domestic consumption.

Meanwhile, in keeping with the Turkish government’s anti-Semitic tone that has been on the rise since unrest began in the country May 28th, the website Al-Monitor reports that its coverage of the protests has earned it the label “subcontractor of the Zionist lobby“ by Medyagundem, a website said to be under the control of Turkey’s state-run Sabah daily.

Medyagundem writes: “There is a website called Al-Monitor. It is a platform that translates news and comments from Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish, Hebrew and Persian. Obviously, it is a costly operation. You can find local language articles in English on this site. Its selections of news and articles is meticulously made and is highly professional. Its main theme is the news and analysis that will serve the interests of Israel and the global Zionist network.”

“The site’s stated goal is to tell the Western world about the Middle East. They have only one condition while doing that. Works of anyone who is a sworn enemy of Islamists and conservative administrations and actors are translated immediately into English.”

“In addition to translations, they also have regular writers. Some of its Turkish writers are interesting. This team that complains about their own country to the West in an Islamophobic, Zionist media organ has not come together by coincidence.”

The author of the Al-Monitor article that addresses the accusation, Cengiz Candar, writes that a list of Turkish writers accompanying the Medyagundem article includes him, “someone known as one of the most critical writers against Israel for decades,” before broaching whether Erdogan’s administration has “lost its bearings and [is] heading in a McCarthyist direction.”


  • Algemeiner is a Zionist publication. It has an axe to grind. This article is thoroughly political and is not in the least motivated by concerns about racism. It’s an opportunistic smear. How could it not be when the Jewish State is racist by definition, not even to say by conduct.

    The article is designed to undermine the relationship between the United States and the Turkish State which has been an American ally and a Nato member for many decades, for the most part a forthrightly loyal American ally.

    We are now in the midst of a crisis which in part is being acted-out in the British Embassy in Ankara. The issues are very complex and difficult. This article is nasty meddling at best. Algemeiner should be ashamed of itself.

    • Easy to say Israel is racist, but let’s have the evidence rather than your prejudice. Abbas has declared that no Jew will live on the West Bank when the Palestinians get their state. Now that’s racist, isn’t it? But it’s OK with you because it is anti-Israel and anti-Jewish.

  • Phoebus Sparos

    Dear Bahar Karaca,

    I hope all the best for the people in Turkey. I appreciate your comment about the “majority of the people in Turkey [who] dont want to be represented by Erdogan so our country is not just about Erdogan’s perception of the world or his devious plans..”
    I also hope to hear from you and this majority about the rights of the Kurds to exercise self-determination, the right of the Alavites, hundreds of journalists inprisoned and especially about Turkey withdrawing her military from my homeland Cyprus.

  • Kyriacos Kyriakides

    Why bring this up now since the comment was made in 2006?

  • Bahar Karaca

    I’m Turkish and I would like to say I agree with all of the comments except :And this is the country who wanted to be part of the EU ??? They need to get civilized first !

    We as majority of the people in Turkey dont want to be represented by Erdogan so our country is not just about Erdogan’s perception of the world or his devious plans..

  • Beba Marantz

    Needless to say such declarations are intolerable. Even more needless to add : in the mouth of a politician, in a country which wants to be member of the EU, trying to remove from people’s minds the massacres of Armenians, Greeks, and more recently, Kurds, etc etc. What I fail to understand, however, is why he refers to the Kurdish Mr Kılıçdaroğlu as black.

    • You forgot to mention the illegal occupation of part of Cyprus. It’s OK for Turkey to occupy another country, but he screams blue murder about Gaza, which is occupied only by Muslims. Not a word from the fascist Erdogan about that.

  • Why surprise. It is a known fact Erdogan is playing the Islam card to curry favour in the middle east for his aggrandisement, at the same time trying his other mask wanting to join Europe. Making in addition naughty racist remarks about blacks which might implicate his grand supporter Obama. Very, very, naughty….

  • Erdogan’s regime, or dictatorship if you prefer, is failing. In these circumstances, dictators will find someone to blame for their own failings so he blames the Jews and now denigrates black people. Jews and Blacks will remain while Erdogan and his cronies, like other dictators and demagogues before him, will be a mucky blot on the pages of history. The sooner the better for Turkey, Jews, Blacks and the entire Middle East.

  • Hey, there is nothing new about Erdogan. He is a bad boy. I wouldn’t my children allowed to play with this kind of boy. He is fighting to be the boss of the sandpit. He is condescending towards everyone, yes everyone. :(

  • Luigi Rosolin

    The Islamic machine to impose they will is obvious, Turkish politic had been always contradictory.
    This NATO nation had always been dominate by force and action that are revealing the internal struggle with the liberal western ideal and Islamic extremist, strong will to take over. Politician like Erdogan to keep power are embracing the Islamic doctrine and consequent control of the nation.
    Is racial comment is another way to discredit opposition, Islam is an intolerant controlling religion base on hate for other idea and faith. I hope that citizen’s protest against him will be fruitful. Turkey is under a man who control democracy and negate the will of is people, with manipulation and state control.

    • Kick Turkey out of NATO and never admit it to the EU. It is not and never will be a European country.

  • I wonder what Obama would have to say about Erdogan after hearing about his comments on the level of a black person to the level of a white man.

  • Fredric M. London

    While I am sure that Obama will not be happy with the remark, I am sure he will put it under, ‘he may be wrong, but he is my wrong,’ category. As long as the entity is pro radical, anti-Semitic, anti-American Islamist, it is OK with Obama. One does not let a rigid worldview be influenced by anything so mundane as facts.

  • And this is the country who wanted to be part of the EU ??? They need to get civilized first !

    • This morning (18 July) on the BBC, I heard that great failure of a politician, Jack Straw, bragging about his efforts to get Turkey into the EU. As with so much else in his career, this effort has failed and I profoundly hope that it will continue to fail. Turkey is an Asian country with a small toehold in Europe. Keep it out of the EU!

  • Why is there so much hatred against Israel? Doesn’t every nation have a right to exist and defend themselves?

  • The Turkish army that used to fight extremists could react like the Egyptian army and eliminate Erdogan from power, as turkish people have proved their wish

  • erdogan hasn’t “lost his bearings” – you can’t lose what you never had.

    what he is losing is his socially acceptable cover for base, racist politics of incitement and hatred. time to prepare the bunker?

  • Kiflemariam Melake

    The Turkish prime Minister need some advice to make him to his senses. Insulting Blacks as if he is a different human creature is not but blatant racialism When is he going to learn? PLEASE MR. PM OF TURKEY DO NOT INSULT US. IF YOU DO HATE BLACKS YOU CAN GO TO ANOTHER PLANET WHICH COULD FIT YOUR TASTE. ARE YOU REPRESENTING YOUR SELF OR THE WHOLE PEOPLE OF TURKEY WHEN YOU SPIT THESE REPELLENT WORDS?

    • Kiflemariam: Rest assured that for denegrating black people, Erdogan will be censured. However, his vicious hatred of Jews will continue to be condoned because of the widespread ignorance and/or denial of the facts behind the “humanitarian mission” on the Mavi Marmara, which carried no humanitarian aid, just a bunch of armed thugs determined to break the legal naval blockade of Gaza with the support of a boatload of useful idiots “acti-tourists”.

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