U.S. condemns Erdogan’s antisemitic remarks; political tensions intensify

Antisemitic attacks in Los Angeles as the world reacts to rhetoric on the Israel-Hamas conflict. 

The U.S. condemns Erdogan’s antisemitic remarks 

Political tensions increase surrounding antisemitic response to Israel-Hamas conflict

Rachel Brooks

May 19, 2021  

The U.S.-Israel relationship has been heavily strained by the left-leaning domination of American domestic media politics. As the conflict between Israel and radical extremist groups Hamas, al-Fatah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and others was reignited within the past two weeks, worldwide solidarity rhetoric intensified. 

The United States’ position on Israel has been questioned by the leftist factions within the nation. It has likewise been challenged by the Chinese media, via CGN TV, which reported that the U.S. alliance with Israel was due to the lobby pressures of “wealthy Jews.” Israel itself questioned its relationship with the United States, wondering if the Biden administration would cave to the pressures of “woke” policy and walk back established regional security relations that the United States and Israel have enjoyed since the repatriation of the Jewish state following the Nazi Genocide of World War II. 

On Tuesday, the U.S. sent a signal that it is still committed to its alliance with the Jewish state. Arab News reported that the U.S. “sharply criticized” the Turkish President Recep Erdogan for his “antisemitic” remarks regarding Israel. 

“The United States strongly condemns President Erdogan’s recent anti-Semitic comments regarding the Jewish people and finds them reprehensible,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

 

“We urge President Erdogan and other Turkish leaders to refrain from incendiary remarks, which could incite further violence,” he said.

President Erdogan accused Israel of “terrorism” against the Palestinian Authority after reports of recent escalations between the Hamas-controlled Gaza-West Bank regions and Israel. Hostilities followed an Israeli court’s decision to evict six families from Sheikh Jarrah who had failed to pay rent on the properties they were living in. Escalations peaked when a riot broke out at the Al Aqsa mosque where Muslim Arabs were celebrating Ramadan. 

In the greater area surrounding Al Aqsa, Israeli Jews were celebrating Jerusalem Day. The two groups clashed, and riot police intervened, firing rubber bullets at the Muslim Arab parties that had hurled large rocks into the crowds. The Muslim-majority world found this to be a highly provocative action on behalf of the riot police because it occurred at Al Aqsa, which is sacred to Muslims.

Arab News noted that the Turkish president has political sympathy with Islamism. He is a staunch supporter of the Palestinian movement. Despite this fact, Turkey is one of the few Muslim-majority nations that are supportive of Israel. Turkey’s sister state Azerbaijan is likewise an ally of Israel in the Muslim-predominate world. 

As the U.S. condemned Erdogan’s statements, Erdogan lashed out at the United States, and the U.S. President, saying that he “had bloody hands” for his support of Israel’s right to self-defense. This, coupled with political escalations between the United States and Turkey over recent decisions of the Biden administration, is expected to sour the relations between the United States and Turkey further. 

The Biden administration vowed a “harder line” against the Turkish president when it took office.