Jews most targeted by hate speech in Turkish media: Report
The foundation’s report was based on local and national media, determining a total of 1,910 columns and news reports targeting ethnic and religious groups in Turkey.
According to the foundation, 493 hate speech examples targeted Jews, while 472 targeted Syrians. Greeks were third on the list with 256 examples, followed by Armenians, Cypriot Greeks and Turkish Greeks, and Christians.
Tension over the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem prompted a number of media outlets to demonize Jews as a collective group, with the term “Jews” often being used in place of “Israeli state,” “Israel” or “Israeli Defense Forces,” the report stated.
Many reports and columns referred to Jewishness as an insult, with Jewish identity “attributed to many institutions and individuals in a negative context,” the report stated.
Syrian refugees, meanwhile, were often referred to in criminal incidents including murder, theft and sexual harassment, while also being equated with terror and security problems.
Syrian refugee women were presented as a threat against the family and society, while Syrians as a whole were described as a source of tension and a threat against Turkey’s demographic structure, the foundation stated.