(JNS.org) Members of U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee have sent
a bipartisan letter to Turkish President
Abdullah Gül asking for the condemnation of recent anti-Semitic statements by
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The letter by Brad Schneider (D-IL), Randy Weber (R-TX), Lois Frankel
(D-FL) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) was signed by 46 U.S. Representatives and noted remarks by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan referring
to Zionism as a “crime against humanity.”
Recep Erdoğan also mentioned “the Interest
rate lobby” in reference to the protests in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, which the U.S. Representatives’ letter called “a thinly veiled reference to Jews.” Turkish Deputy
Prime Minister Besir Atalay also recently blamed the “Jewish diaspora” as one of the
communities fueling the Turkish demonstrations against Recep Erdoğan.
The U.S. Representatives wrote of the close relationship between the Obama
administration and Turkey, urging the Turkish government “to publicly condemn
the use of anti-Semitic rhetoric by government officials,” which “has no
place in a democracy.”