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The letter requested Abdullah Gül to publically condemn 'the anti-semitic rhetoric' of government officials. AA photo

The letter requested Abdullah Gül to publically condemn 'the anti-semitic rhetoric' of government officials. AA photo

Forty-six U.S. representatives have written a letter to Turkish President Abdullah Gül criticizing some of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statements which they described as “anti-semitic,” daily Hürriyet reported. 
 
The letter requested Gül to publically condemn “the anti-semitic rhetoric” of government officials.
 
The signatories noted that another letter had been written a few months ago asking Erdoğan to retract his statements that compared Zionism to a “crime against humanity,” without success.
 
They also argued that Erdoğan’s accusations of an “interest rate lobby” engineering the Gezi protests were implicitly targeting Jews, recalling that Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay had openly stated that a “Jewish diaspora” was behind the recent unrest in Turkey.
 
The letter was prepared on the initiative of Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Illinois), Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Florida) and Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina) and signed by congressmen from both the Democrat and Republican parties, the report said. 

August/01/2013

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British Chapuller

8/1/2013 11:08:23 PM

@Murat....he does know what he looks like to the outside, he just doesn't care, which makes him a dangerous man to those on the inside.

Suhail Shafi

8/1/2013 10:35:29 PM

The same American politician receive bribes from AIPAC and siphon off US tax money to prop up Israel's brutalities against Palestinians. They have no right to criticize other governments since their own politics is laden with anti Arab prejudice. President Gul, you have my support if you were to rip up the letter from these hypocrites. They do not speak for ordinary Americans.

john mc donald

8/1/2013 9:57:25 PM

just last week i was reading some articles about the USA------ and now, suddenly, the country has a new name-- The United States of Israel (USI) - just what is going on?

Kemal Lazlee

8/1/2013 9:42:33 PM

Two months of constant protests, thousands of arbitrary arrests, journalists fired & arrested, five dead, more seriously wounded, more oppression, anonymous complaint boxes on the streets so neighbors can turn each other in, and the U.S. Senate decides to write a letter about this? Could they be more ridiculous?

Murat

8/1/2013 6:39:55 PM

On the other hand, how often does USA express concern and interest in the regime and management of other "really close" and just as important allies? Do not make me name them!

Turk Uzan

8/1/2013 5:47:40 PM

Again, just to be clear .. I am not advocating some grand conspiracy theory or something .. I just thought it was Ironical that after all these comments this is actually the work of the Jewish lobby. Also I believe many don't take an objective look at the subject and dismiss the fact that the Jewish lobby holds so much power. America needs money out of politics .. not just for America but for the sake of the entire world. We are all in someway effected by American choices.

Turk Uzan

8/1/2013 5:42:59 PM

AIPAC has also advocated for Turkish interests during the years Turkey and Israel were strategic partners. Anyone interested in a non biased docu on AIPAC should watch the dutch docu made by "tegenlicht" (broadcasted on national tv) IF you search "Dutch Aipac" it's the fist thing that pops up you can find it on youtube etc. In the documentary they interview some of the most prominent professors from Harvard etc and politicians about AIPAC and the amount of power they hold. (it's English spoken)

Turk Uzan

8/1/2013 5:37:48 PM

This will probably make him even more paranoid .. . But this is Ironically directly orchestrated by the Jewish lobby group (AIPAC) which is (whether you believe/like it or not) the strongest and most influential in the US... Everyone that reads my comments now and then knows I'm not some one who just goes around blaming the west or some grand Zionist conspiracy for everything etc. But this is a simple fact, criticize Israel or esp Zionism and the lobby will go in to action

Murat

8/1/2013 5:10:16 PM

The man has no idea what he looks like from outside. This is the joy of being an uneducated bully.

Brit in Turkey

8/1/2013 12:38:59 PM

Another letter to the New York Times should do it..............
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