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Turkey: Jews and Armenians aim to ‘defame’

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 10, 2007 | 1:29 pm

“All of a sudden the perception in Turkey right now is that the Jewish people, or the Jewish organizations let’s say, and the Armenian Diaspora, the Armenian lobbies, are now hand-in-hand trying to defame Turkey, and trying to condemn Turkey and the Turkish people,” [Foreign Minister Ali] Babacan said. “This is the unfortunate perception right now in Turkey. So if something goes wrong in Washington, DC, it inevitably will have some influence on relations between Turkey and the US, plus the relations between Turkey and Israel as well.”

Remember all that drama this summer over whether the Anti-Defamation League thought the butchering of up to 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks was “tantamount to genocide?” Well, it’s humming again, to the tune of an Armenian world conspiracy. What is it about diaspora communities that make some people so uncomfortable?

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