It’s not just Erdogan. The Turkish Foreign Minister has praised the martyrs against Israel.
Now the Deputy Prime Minister has has suggested a Jewish conspiracy behind the protests centered around Gezi Park.
Foreign powers and the Jewish diaspora have triggered the unrest in Turkey and worked effectively to boost it, Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay said yesterday in the Central Anatolian province of Kırıkkale.
Atalay also said the international media had a big role in “the conspiracy” and had led the unrest “well.” “The ones trying to block the way of Great Turkey will not succeed,” he said.
“There are some circles that are jealous of Turkey’s growth. They are all uniting, on one side the Jewish diaspora. You saw the foreign media’s attitude during the Gezi Park incidents; they bought it and started broadcasting immediately, without doing an evaluation of the [case],” Atalay said.
All of this Jewish conspiracy talk really does put the lie to the defense by Erdogan that his government is just anti-Zionist, not anti-Semitic, as Claire Berlinski, a resident of Istanbul, notes:
Why … I thought you weren't anti-Semitic, just anti-Zionist! Wasn't that the line? You're off message, buddy.
— Claire Berlinski (@ClaireBerlinski) July 2, 2013