Considering all the regimes that blamed Arab Spring protests (and government reactions) on a vast Jewish conspiracy, maybe the Arab Spring should be renamed the Jewish Spring?
Turkish reporters loyal to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have claimed that the anti-government protests currently gripping the nation have been carefully orchestrated and planned by prominent Jewish officials and a conservative Washington, D.C., think tank.
As anti-government protests continue in Istanbul, Turkish media outlets have begun reporting that the demonstrations are part of an anti-Erdogan plot organized by members of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a conservative think tank that is home to many former senior U.S. officials.
The Turkish reports mention several former U.S. government insiders, including Bush administration national security adviser Elliott Abrams, former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, Weekly Standard editor William Kristol, and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
The Turkish reports also claim that Jewish officials and so-called “neo-cons” associated with the American Israel Public Affairs Council (AIPAC), America’s most prominent pro-Israel lobby, are involved in the plot, which was supposedly hatched during a secret meeting in February.
“According to this, the meeting was held at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), which carries out its activities with the support of the Jewish lobby AIPAC,” stateda Tuesday report in Yeni Safak, a pro-government newspaper
Rumsfeld and Bolton aren’t Jewish, but I suppose if you’re an angry Muslim conspiracy theorist, the nuances of which Americans are and aren’t Jewish might escape you.
The choice of AEI also seems a bit random. AEI is not exactly your obvious choice for a coup plot. And Erdogan appeared there back in 2004.
While President Barack Obama has named Erdogan as one of his top five international friends, the protests have begun to test this relationship.
“It’s a testament to how far Turkey has sunk under Erdogan that his newspaper cronies are peddling conspiracy theories that read like an addenda to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” said Danielle Pletka, AEI’s vice president for foreign and defense policy studies.
“Then again, the Protocols are freely available in Turkey all over the place, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised.”