March 1st, 2013
06:30 AM ET

Kerry to address Turkish PM Zionism remark

A statement by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has caught the attention of the U.S. State Department.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry plans to express his strong concerns on Friday about the Turkish prime minister's remarks equating Zionism with crimes against humanity, a senior State Department official said.

"Obviously we strongly disagree with that notion," the official said, calling the statement "offensive and wrong." He was referring to Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks Wednesday at a forum in Vienna, Austria. This comes as the once-extensive cooperation between Turkey and Israel on trade and tourism and even military issues has broken down.

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  1. dhcollins

    "Corporate" media is controlled. That's why so many comments vanish on sites like this. They don't have to be course or vulgar. Just too close to the truth to be comfortable with. I call CNN out for it. x

    March 1, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. asiseeit

    The PM of Turkey owes no apology to the Zionists. The truth is the truth and it seems wrong to tell the PM otherwise. Why do we continue to protect the interests of this group. They are already driving our politics around the world.

    March 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      The truth is that Zionism is a Jewish nationalisticmovement claiming that the Jews, just like every other ethnicgroup of people (including Turks) have a right for self-determination. Therefore, those claiming that Turks, Arabs and Persians have a right for self-determination but the Jews have not, discriminate people by their ethnicity. Discriminating people by their race, religion or ethnicity is called racism. Racism is indeed a crime against humantiy.

      March 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    Pro Israel comments, and even comments criticizing the hatred of the above commenters, are blocked or deleted.

    March 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    How can we progress as a society if rational voices are suppressed and Islamists are left unchallenged?

    March 1, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO

    What happened? Did the rich gulf Arab states buy controlling interest in Time-Warner?

    March 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO

    My previous comment was deleted for political reasons. I expect the same will happen to these last few comments of mine.

    March 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO

    You are now the king of the hill, saywhat. Enjoy you soapbox. You are at least more diplomatic than some of the others. In case you are wondering why some of your comments get blocked, I'm guessing that there is a banned word. Hint- a 3 letter word beginning with j gets blocked.

    March 1, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. White Boyz Can Jump

    What is wrong with you guys. Why waste so much time commenting on this – the truth is in the detail. What's the odds that a group of frat brothers all turn out to rule the world – go figure... Better buy a PowerBall ticket

    March 2, 2013 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
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