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People sign a wall ahead of a court trial on Mavi Marmara incident in Ankara.

People sign a wall ahead of a court trial on Mavi Marmara incident in Ankara.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry refuted media reports claiming an inquiry had been conducted on Jewish citizens of Turkey and that some institutions in Turkey, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had recently prepared and presented a study to a court in order to identify Jewish citizens in Turkey, who participated in the Mavi Marmara raid.

“There is no basis for this news, published with reference to some Turkish institutions. It is clear that these press reports, which have been picked up by the foreign press, particularly in the U.S., have been exploited and led to some misperceptions,” Selçuk Ünal, the Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said Dec. 22.

On Dec. 14, a Turkish daily claimed Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) had identified five Turkish citizens who it claimed were among the Israeli troops who raided the Mavi ship in 2010 and that MİT had sent the names of the five Turkish citizens to a court hearing the case. The names and addresses of the five were identified at the request of the prosecutor’s office, said the reports. “We are also saddened to see that the way developments regarding these legal proceedings in Turkey are presented has been discomforting and troubling for our Jewish citizens,” said the ministry’s statement.

‘No anti-Semitism’

Turkey could not accept such “generalization and presentation of allegations regarding possible perpetrators of the incident in a way that targets the Turkish Jewish community who are a part of society and equal citizens of Turkey,” Ünal also said.

“There has never been anti-Semitism in any part of our history and there will never be. Racism does not exist in the culture and the tradition of the Turkish nation. Turkey has repeatedly said it considers anti-Semitism and racism as crimes against humanity.”


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mike alexander

12/25/2012 9:51:54 PM

DutchTurk JANICAR, Ok, then ask the Greek community in Konstantinoupolis (Instabul). in 1923 after the population exchange, they were left 300,000 strong. Now they are only 2,000. Is this because they had a good time in Turkey ? Or because they were treated fairly ? Give us a break man !!


12/24/2012 7:08:01 PM

@dieren, your logic says that "lefties don't dare to protest in the Laz region" = "there are no lefties in that region"?? Yeah you keep on using this logic will help you make wonderful analyses on the future. There is only 1 leftist little town in the Black Sea region and that is Hopa. I know also the inner dynamics of Hopa since my best friend is from Hopa. With lefties i don't the republicans party or that type of parties. Just take the attempts to protest in Trabzon for example. :D

Diren Sesel

12/24/2012 5:11:53 PM

well didn't you say leftist cannot dare to protest in black sea, well i have to tell you that is very untrue. There is a very strong leftist movement Turkey. You don't protest for civil human rights or join labour movements so how can you know something of which you are not familiar with.


12/24/2012 3:53:48 PM

@diren, well i don't claim that i sorted everything out, but this i did since, i read about demographics and socio-cultural things in my fatherland Turkey. So i don't care if your friends are lefties nor did i claim that there are no lefties in the Black Sea region, but the Laz people and the Turks of the Black Sea region (that we also call Laz) are the most patriotic people you can find in Turkey. If you claim that, that is nonsense you got also some reading to do with that Anti-Turk below ! C*

Diren Sesel

12/24/2012 3:24:09 PM

DutchTurkJanicar you thick you have everything sorted, Mahir Cayan and many leading leftist in 1970s and 80s were from the Black sea region and the most populated students were from Black sea, why no more ? and most of my friends from karadeniz are leftists.

constantinos kio

12/24/2012 3:21:26 PM

laz are laz . sunni muslims in turkey or orthodox in georgia are always laz. the ancient colchis kingdom . they are native black sea ethnic group

Brian Irlanda

12/24/2012 1:42:19 PM

The term "Laz" is not derogatory Faruk, In Ireland we might make a joke about a Kerryman, or a Dubliner etc, this is cultural and in no way insulting or racist. Despite all you might read in the news with regard to political and religious problems , Alevi, Kurds and for that matter Jews, do not suffer racism in everyday life. Half of Istanbul is Laz by the way...including my wife! and even she can joke about this. We should not make comments without knowing the reality.


12/24/2012 11:58:26 AM

@Faruk :D the Laz? and racism in one sentence? Laz people in Turkey are known to be the most patriotic people in Turkey. The only region where the lefties don't dare to protest is the Laz region :D go do a little research before you state nonsense. Turkey should hunt those Mossad and make a new serie for the discovery channel: "the Mossad hunters" :D

Faruk Beisser

12/24/2012 9:21:38 AM

No racism in Turkey? Ask the Laz, the Alevis, the Kurds, and so on and so on! They will surely be happy to testify that Gülen/Erbakan AKP LOVES them!
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