Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Turkish Jews worried after politician links diaspora to protests

Turkey’s deputy PM accuses ‘Jewish diaspora’ for Gezi protests; Turkish-Jews concerned statement may lead to reprisals against small community

 A Turkish deputy prime minister linked the “Jewish diaspora” to recent anti-government unrest and the country’s Jewish community expressed fears on Tuesday the comments could make them targets of popular anger.

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 Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule.

Erdogan, in power for ten years, and other cabinet officials have spoken of conspiracies involving “foreign circles”, including an “interest-rate lobby” and international media organizations engineering the protests to undermine Turkey’s growing economy and political clout

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