Τετάρτη, 3 Ιουλίου 2013

Turkish Jews worried after politician links diaspora to protests

(Reuters) - A Turkish deputy prime minister linked the "Jewish diaspora" to recent anti-government unrest, drawing condemnation from world Jewish leaders on Tuesday and concern among Turkey's Jews the comments could make them targets of popular anger.
Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay's office said his comments, made to reporters in the town of Kirikkale and published on the Cihan news agency website on Monday, were taken out of context.
Turkey was rocked by violent protests last month when a small effort to save Gezi Park in central Istanbul from redevelopment mushroomed into a mass demonstration by tens of thousands of people opposed to what they see as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule.
Erdogan, in power for ten years, and other officials have cited conspiracies involving "foreign circles", an "interest-rate lobby", foreign media and terrorists engineering the protests to undermine Turkey'seconomy and political clout. Atalay's comments pointed the finger at the 'Jewish diaspora".

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