Islamist Turkey’s Government Media Blames Protests on “Free Enterprise Jews”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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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?

Turkey’s media was largely taken over by pro-government voices and predictably the AKP/Erdogan regime is playing to the cheap seats by crying Jewish Conspiracy. And a free enterprise one apparently.

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.”

  • OfficialPro

    wow that’s a change from the typical conspiracy theorists’ claim of communist Jews…

    • http://smu.gs/L1p7XU winston

      Whenever I hear someone use the term “conspiracy theorist” I know right away: this is a propaganda victim. Not that your point is incorrect, But that you made it poorly because you use a term designed for simple minds who wish to simply stifle debate.

      Look at the facts behind the mother of all real conspiracies: http://smu.gs/L1p7XU -then in the future try to stay away from labels that do nothing so well as reveal your own ignorance. Either address facts and issues at face value or keep quiet. Labels such as ‘conspiracy theorist’ are the refuge of the intellectually bankrupt.

      • Jsjk

        I understood “OfficialPro”‘s comment as a joke…one minute you’re a Commie, the next you’re a Capitalist. Hard to keep up…

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Dude, conspiracies do happen. Your example however, shows that you’re a crackpot.

        As far as “intellectually bankrupt,” I laugh at such a judgment from someone who uses 911 conspiracy theories – that are mere theories – as evidence for anything.

        Confusion is not evidence. You’re just a bunch of confused people making common sense appeals about topics you don’t understand.

        Are you an expert in finite element analysis and failure analysis? Then you’d better get the real data out there because you all look like absolute fools right now.

      • OfficialPro

        uh…so, you’re a…..9/11 truther?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      They’re smart enough not to say anything that would alienate the left.

  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    Don’t people like Kristol, Bolton, Rumsfeld, Cheney, McCain, Graham, and the like, support Erdogan? I thought they usually support Islamist governments, like the Saudis, and usually oppose pan-Arab secular governments, like those of Saddam, Mubarak, Assad, Gaddafi, etc.

    America should support secular forces in the Arab world — like the Turkish protestors. Instead, both Democrats and neo-conservatives support Islamist movements. Our foreign policy in the Arab world is so ass-backwards as to be beyond belief.

    The Arab world is not ready for democracy. It may perhaps never be. The area is best ruled by secular dictators.

  • hyedenny

    What does all this have to do with Captain Kirk? Is Erdogan a Klingon, or does he just act like one?

    • OfficialPro

      Random image of an alleged “free enterprise Jew”

  • defcon 4

    Jews are always the go-to scapegoat for islamic ills.

  • Tzimmes

    Well done the “Free Enterprise Jews” Today Turkey tomorrow, the world. Next we move onto the Solar system and the Universe. Must dash I have a secret meeting with my Cabal to control the Galaxy. Shekoiach strikes !!