Daily Israel Report

Bipartisan Letter Urges Turkey to Condemn Anti-Semitic Remarks

Members of U.S. House of Representatives sent a bipartisan letter to Turkish President, demanding condemnation of anti-Semitic remarks.
By Rina Tzvi
First Publish: 7/31/2013, 6:17 PM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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Members of U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee have sent a bipartisan letter to Turkish President Abdullah Gul, demanding that he condemn the  recent anti-Semitic statements by Turkish officials, the JNS news agency reported.

The letter by Brad Schneider (D-IL), Randy Weber (R-TX), Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) was signed by 46 U.S. Representatives and noted remarks by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan referring to Zionism as a “crime against humanity.”

Recep Erdogan also blamed “the Interest rate lobby” in reference to the protests in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, which the U.S. Representatives’ letter called “a thinly veiled reference to Jews.” Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay also recently blamed the “Jewish diaspora” as one of the communities fueling the Turkish demonstrations against Recep Erdogan.

According to JNS, the U.S. Representatives wrote of the close relationship between the Obama administration and Turkey, urging the Turkish government “to publicly condemn the use of anti-Semitic rhetoric by government officials,” which “has no place in a democracy.”