American Congressmen, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), announced on Friday their intention to send a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan calling on him to retract a comment he made before a UN conference in Vienna, saying Zionism was a "crime against humanity."
"With the growing global threat of extremism, which imperils the security and well-being of minority groups around the world, it is unacceptable for national leaders like Prime Minister Erdogan to be spouting hateful rhetoric that further threatens unrest in an already perilous region," the two legislators said in a statement.
"Zionism is a non-discriminatory affirmation of Jewish nationhood, and the Prime Minister’s comment disparages this noble historical enterprise," they added.
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