Thursday, March 13, 2014

Turkey: Lawmaker says he'd understand if Jew (or other non-Muslim) behind Erdogan corruption scandal

Turkish lawmaker and former Economy Minister Zafer Çaglayan who is a member of Erdogan's Justice and Development party made the remarks during a public rally on Saturday, Turkish newspaper Zaman reported.


"The nation sees very well what kind of mentality we are fighting against. There are many things that I can tell you. But I would understand if a Jew, an atheist, a Zoroastrian would do all these things to us. Shame on them if these things are done by those who claim to be Muslim. How can a Muslim do this?" Zaman quoted Caglayan as saying, quoting Al Jazeera Turk.

More: Jerusalem Post (h/t CFCA)

A former Turkish government minister apologized to the country’s Jewish community for anti-Semitic comments he made at a political rally.

In a letter published in Salom, a Jewish newspaper in Turkey, former Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan said that if he “unwillingly caused resentment, I express my sorrow.”

More: JTA

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