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. jerome

    BTW as some are suggesting Anti Zionist does not mean anti Israel,that's like saying we only fought Hitler because we hated Germans,we did not we fought Hitler because we had no choice and he was trying to expand his Nazi empire across the globe

    March 1, 2013 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. John Smith

    Well, I'm sure many Aryans felt Nazism was great in 1941, but jews did not agree. So what is the difference if someone who had his land and home taken away from him, his parents bombed, and has to live like a 2nd class citizen in his own country, with humiliations at checkpoints everyday, doesn't feel zionism is great? Are you going to put him in prison for offending those who think zionism is great?

    March 1, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Israel occupies Turkey too???????

      March 1, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul II

      Comparing Zionism to Nazism is absurd. The first seeks a (tiny) parcel of land for a group of people to safely live. The second seeks world domination through war and slaughter.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. liarjew

    I am not surprised about Kerry support for RACIST Israel. Kerries are converts from Judaism! US is the only country that used WMD-s and ENABLED CHOSEN Israel to surpass Hitler’s atrocities on the OCCUPIED Arabs, Moslems & M.E true Christians for 64 LONG years! Iraq for free oil for Israel and Afghan for its minerals! Jews FDR (lesbian wife Margaret with Ms Hickman lover), homo W. Churchill, and Jew Truman (w/convict boyfriend) ‘created’ Israel in 1948. Eversince, ALL US Presidents converted from Judaism (Bush clan, Ike, Ford etc), married Jewesses or have Jew blood incldng Mr Obama: Wyman, Hilary RADKHMAN Clinton, Davis etc). US is hypocrite. It ENABLES atrocities of CHOSEN Israel against Arabs, Moslems, Easterners and true M.E. Christians: different from the Jew-controlled Evangelicals, Born-Again-Christians etc. Jewess Michelle Backman served 4 years in the IDF on Israeli kibbutz in Palestine. Sleepy US gentiles gave up their constitutional rights so Jew-run Imperial US Military can silence those who expose them. US shielded BARBARIC Israel from criticism, casting most of UN Vetoes since 1972. If one talks about ATROCITIES of CHOSEN Israel, he is dubbed as ANTI-SEMITE!! When US supports Genocide-Committing CHOSEN Israel, ENABLER US is even more evil! Soldiers did good job, even when filled with hatred by DRUNK Bush Jew cartel that lied about Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, WMD-s, yellow cake, Jew-evil extra-ordinary Rendition etc! US Imperial Military used the Geneva-banned WMD-s in Iraq and Afghan & Israel used them in Lebanon and Gaza recently. It matters not what church, Synod, tabernacle or Jew Mormon Temple US President is from: CHOSEN Israel gets its yearly $80 billion tithe from US Gentiles (Jew for ALL leprous others) since 1948. Enough!

    March 1, 2013 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. dhcollins

    Zionism is just another white supremacist movement hiding behind a Jewish persona. Atheistic nationalists. Racist and militant. These are the same zionists who collaborated with the nazis in WWII. Israel is the country they founded as a ZIONIST state. The US should not be swapping spit with people until the zionist led government has been brought down and certain members brought to justice in the world court for war crimes. And we certainly shouldn't be sharing military intelligence with them... x

    March 1, 2013 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. James Marcus

    The charade of equivalency is played out by countries and individuals who wish fervently to equate Israel (and "the Jews") with crimes committed by their own former oppressors and murderers – the Nazis and the Nazi regime (with tacit approval by "the occupied" Austria). In this case, one must point out, Israel has actually been under attack by Arabs who proudly proclaim that Israel must be destroyed. This has been this case since 1948, when the UN thought that ratifying the State of Israel would be a good idea. The Arabs have been punishing the world for this decision ever since. I'm not for human rights violations, and the situation in Gaza and other Palestinian areas is troubling and frustrating, but one has to view this history in its entirety. Only then might there some day be a solution where the Jewish people can live on the planet Earth without fear, and Palestinian Arabs can focus on something else besides martyrdom and retribution. They have a right to live and live well, but so do the Jews who never forced them to leave the newly-formed Israel – not until they attacked the new country, day and night – a pattern which sadly continues on.

    March 1, 2013 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. uhadit

    Zionism is the other Name of Terrorism

    March 1, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO

    CNN will not delete the above hateful comments. I would reply directly to them, but my replies would be deleted. I know this because it happened several days ago. So much for the notion that the Zionists control the world.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Calling a spade a spade to the dislikes of some. US has to get up and cry foul or get the whip from you know where.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    "Christian Zionist Foreign Policy"- against US interests.
    Justin Raimondo's thought provoking article. Catch it.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    further comments blocked. even one liners.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Contrary to the propaganda majority of Jews in Israel & worldwide are not supporters of Zionism, a geo-political movement.
    Orgs like True Torah Jews,neturei Karta and many others actively oppose Zionism and Israeli policies.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul II

      The return to Israel is deeply rooted in the Jewish religion and enjoys huge support in the Jewish (and some Christian) community.

      March 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Indeed Zionism which is not to be equated with Judaism has worked both against Jews and peace.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mohsen

    Before I start, I should say I am a Muslim. If you are OK with that, please read on:
    I am sure that few of us really know what Zionism stands for. What Zionists believe in, and what they aim for with their believes. I do not exactly know. I would personally never associate a wrong doing of a state or a government to people's believes. If we take that route, we have let others blindly judge about our believes too. With my flesh and skin, I feel the adverse effect of this every day these days, as many people assume Islam is equivalent to terrorism.
    One could always question, criticize or condemn the wrong doing of a state, but insulting believes has a huge backfire.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lando Wopdago

    Iran would make a much better ally then israel

    March 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Edwin

    Zionism is simply the idea that Jews should return to their ancestral lands. They have been willing to accept a much diminished land area than that which they were supposedly guaranteed by the Balfour Declaration and that we they originally possessed. In truth it may not be the wisest thing for Jews to do. I think that they are better off in the United States. If I were Jewish I wouldn't go there and as a Christian I would not feel comfortable there either. But, in any case, Zionism is certainly not any type of crime against humanity. That is just a ridiculous escalation of rhetoric by those who need to cover up the deficiencies of their own country and find a scapegoat.
    Israel has always been a steadfast American ally. Most of the Muslim states supported the communists during the Cold War. Likewise, they supported the Nazis in WWII. What's more, they cheered for the terrorists on 9/11. Despite claims that the US always supports Israel, our support has generally been lukewarm. The US, like the rest of the Western world has, I guess, been so scared of losing Arab oil that we have been willing to accept a lot of complete nonsense from the Muslims. The Arab refugees never constituted an authentic people. Nor do they now. They readily could have been resettled in the Arab countries to which they had previously been connected. The Arabs maintained the refugees as a weapon against Israel.
    One reason that the Arabs and other associated Muslims have escalated the rhetoric recently is that they realize they have lost this game. Middle Eastern oil will not be so important in the future. Though there will probably be a few more futile tries for a “two state solution”, most people realize that this is not realistic. The best thing would be for the West bank to go back to Jordan and Gaza to go back to Egypt. That, and not another “Palestinian” state was never a realistic solution. The first "Palestinian" state, Jordan, was created by taking away over half the land originally earmarked for the modern state of Israel and supposedly giving it to the Palestinians. Why did Jordan (originally Trans Jordan) never become a Palestinian state? Because there were no Palestinians (in the sense of those folks constituting an authentic ethnic or population group) in the first place. The Hashemite Arab dynasty realized that there was a vacuum and they took over. Jordan is easily big enough to accommodate all the so-called refugees. So is Egypt.
    It would be best for the US to stop pressuring Israel to negotiate. Israel should be encouraged to establish fixed boundaries, taking part of the land captured in battle and letting the rest go to whoever wants it. Then their neighbors can do whatever they want with the rest of the land. But, again, it would be simplest and, I think, the best for Egypt to take Gaza and Jordan the West Bank.

    March 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
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