WJC leader criticizes Turkish deputy PM statements

July 2, 2013 17:01

The World Jewish Congress on Tuesday harshly criticized statements made by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay who on Monday blamed a conspiracy of the foreign media and the Jewish Diaspora for the recent mass protests against the government in Turkey.

Ronald S. Lauder, the president of the WJC called the remarks "despicable."

Lauder said: “It is shocking to hear from a senior Turkish government minister such despicable and totally baseless slurs. Mr. Atalay should have the decency to apologize. His remarks are an insult not only to the Jewish people but also to the many Turkish citizens who took part in the protests and who have real grievances.”

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