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Turkish Deputy Prime Minister blames “Jewish Diaspora” for Gezi Park protests

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister blames “Jewish Diaspora” for Gezi Park protests

We have noted time and again that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hostility towards Israel seemed pathological, not political. 

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.

 ‘Jewish diaspora’ behind Gezi protests, Turkish deputy prime minister says (h/t @ClaireBerlinski):

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:


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Isn’t it interesting, how when a petty tyrant starts to feel the ground giving way, they always start groping for the same old, old ropes to cling to for a few more hours of existence.

And in that part of the world especially, the handy one is the Jews. The magical, omnipresent Jews.

Juba Doobai! | July 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

You know, it’s great being Jewish. It means you have all kinds of power to do really neat stuff. It doesn’t matter that your numbers are few (humongous if you add in the Grafted); just your mere existence means you get credit for fun and wondrous stuff. Stuff like guys’ penises disappearing. Uprisings against tyrants. We won’t even talk about the wild and bloody matzo parties, whoopee!

The one fun thing Jews never get credited with is kicking Arab arse in the Six Day and other wars.

Why is that, I wonder?

Well, you just can’t be sure which of those tricky Jews are Zionists.

If the popular movement in Turkey grows to match that in Egypt right now, I might actually begin to believe in those “moderate muslims” I’ve heard so much about.

Up until now, I’ve assumed they were mythical creatures like unicorns or honest Democrats.