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Jewish Conspiracy Behind Turkey’s Crisis Theory Gains Momentum

The scholars at the American Enterprise Institute responded to the age-old effort to blame the Jews mostly with humor, but also with a suggestion for Erdogan. If he wants to see who is responsible for Turkey's situation, he should hold up a mirror.
Turkish Press tries to blame American Jews for Turkish unrest, American Jews suggest Erdogan look in the mirror

Turkish Press tries to blame American Jews for Turkish unrest, American Jews suggest Erdogan look in the mirror
Photo Credit: Lori Lowenthal Marcus

As The Jewish Press pointed out several weeks ago, it was perhaps inevitable that the blame for Turkey’s current woes was going to wind up being pinned on the Jews.

But where originally code words were being used – the “financial lobby” and one could still be accused of excessive paranoia for saying out loud that a modern day, non-Arab, largely-westernized state was going to point to the ultimate scapegoats as the source of their current woes, rather than at their own very bad decisions, we are currently in full-blown anti-Semitic, blame the Jews mode in the Republic of Turkey.

For those who find grim humor in watching those who, in spite of themselves, believe that one of history’s smallest peoples numerically, and least cohesive intellectually, politically and religiously, are capable of causing global turmoil, this latest creative effort to pin someone’s disaster on the utterly unrelated actions of a completely non-united “Jewish people,” is impressive.

The American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington, D.C. think tank, is the current address at which intellectual Jews are metaphorically described as circling their spoons in a cauldron containing a venomous brew.  This time the Jews “caused” the Turkish stock market to plunge, the Turkish youth and intellectuals to turn against their benevolent leader, and the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to look an awful lot like the stock version of a Middle East tyrant.

AEI’s public policy blog describes the situation in an entry it labeled, “AEI vs. Erdoğan.”

AEI’s director of foreign policy, Danielle Pletka, addressed the claims making the rounds in parts of the Turkish press that the anti-government protests in Turkey were the result of a plot hatched at AEI, and that the plotters are, of course, Jews. The accounts mention Michael Rubin, William Kristol (not affiliated with AEI), Bernard Lewis (also not affiliated with AEI and now 97 years old, it is unlikely he is doing much hatching of global or other plots these days), John Bolton (he is affiliated with AEI but he is not Jewish), and others.  And, of course, the meeting was, according to the Turkish press reports, paid for by the American Israel Public Affairs Council.

Rubin, who has long been a serious student of Turkey, was particularly singled out as a prime mover of the alleged plot.  He also responded with tongue firmly in cheek in a posting he called, “A little bit of crazy from Turkey.”

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can’t even get Jewish conspiracies right: doesn’t he know that on Sundays, we control the banks. On Mondays, we control the newspapers. On Tuesdays, we think about how we can stage terrorist attacks and blame al Qaeda. On Wednesdays, we attend meetings with George Soros to discuss interest rates. On Thursdays, we plan atrocities and then order the international media to broadcast cooking shows so no one need see the violence. On Fridays, we hunt Christian children so we can use their blood to make matzoh. On Saturdays, exhausted, we rest.

There are Jews who work at AEI, Pletka being one of them, but the idea that there was some secret meeting at which the plot was hatched was so ludicrous that Pletka had to pull on her best try-not-to-laugh face and state: “I have to admit this didn’t happen. No meeting. No plot. No Jewish cabal.”

On the other hand, Pletka did take the opportunity to express her views about what Erdoğan has done to the modern Turkish state:

Reporters are in prison, the army has been emasculated, and secular freedoms are under siege. The Turkish people are standing up to Erdoğan because they see what has become of their once-proud nation, and they won’t stand for it. Kudos to them.

Rubin, echoing Pletka, suggested where Turkey’s leader should look if he wants to know who is responsible for Turkey’s unrest: “If Erdoğan wants to know who is causing these protests, all he needs to do is look in the mirror.”

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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9 Responses to “Jewish Conspiracy Behind Turkey’s Crisis Theory Gains Momentum”

  1. Blaming the Jews is has gotten very tiring. But then I guess it beats a person blaming themselves.

  2. Betty Ames says:

    yes, and I guess they were behind the holocaust too? American Enterprise Institute must have the same mindset as the muslim… sick dogs

  3. The Jewish Press's Lori Marcus is right that it was inevitable that Turkey would blame the Jews for its problems. I'm not sure what to make of the fact that I hadn't seen anywhere else either the fact that Turkey had found the root of the conspiracy at the American Enterprise Institute, or that AEI responded by making fun of an entire country for such a ridiculous ploy. Kudos to Marcus for calling this to the world's attention.

  4. The Jewish Press's Lori Marcus is right that it was inevitable that Turkey would blame the Jews for its problems. I'm not sure what to make of the fact that I hadn't seen anywhere else either the fact that Turkey had found the root of the conspiracy at the American Enterprise Institute, or that AEI responded by making fun of an entire country for such a ridiculous ploy. Kudos to Marcus for calling this to the world's attention.

  5. I had the opportunity to spend a couple days in Istanbul two weeks ago. I walked along Istiqlal Street to Gezi Park in Taksim and the surrounding areas. I was the only Jew that I knew of. I took pictures, made videos and conducted street interviews with the protesters. I can honestly say that they were all for a return to Attaturk's requirement that Mosque and State exist in separation. They may have had many complaints about Erdogan, but chief among them was the notion that Erdogan is an Islamist, whose objective is to mold Turkish society in the image that he desires. They seemed to have rejected this with a serious secular and peaceful tone. There were some left-wing agitators, but they were not prominent. I have more to say about the events I witnessed and experienced first-hand, but I'll save that for another venue. Either way, the folks who are protesting are not Jews. I specifically asked a few if they are Muslims and they said, "of course… we are all Muslims, but we don't want Sharia." I applaud their endeavor, even if the Guy Fawkes masks are among some of the more inappropriate symbols adopted (seemingly aligned with the left-wing sentiment of OWS).

  6. Wars are raging all over the world today just as the Bible stated that they would in the end times. Now we have trouble in Turkey, Syria, Iran, Lebanon, N. Korea, Libya, and on and on the list goes! Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria has allegedly used Chemical and Bio weapons against his own people and has threatened to use them against other nations in the past. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  7. Walter Richards says:

    And Netanyahu disgraced himself and Israel by apologizing for Israel's lawful.
    and jusifiable actions.

  8. Tim Upham says:

    Erdogan will think differently when a coup d'etat overthrows him. It has happened in Turkey before. Now he is trying to identify with the Brazilians.

  9. We are living in fascinating conspiratorial times. A KKK envoy recently offered to protect Jews & kill off Israel's enemies with a ray gun. The synagogue staff told him to go to the nearest Jewish Federation & called the cops.

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