Turkish paper links Jews to coal mine disaster


(JTA) – A pro-government Turkish newspaper is coming under fire for a headline linking Jews to the coal mine disaster in Soma that killed over 100 people.

The headline in Tuesday’s Yeni Akit criticized the owner of the Soma Coal Mine Company for having a Jewish son-in-law. According to the Hurriyet Daily News, some readers protested the inflammatory headline as hate speech.

The Yeni Akit article criticized the mining owner, Alp Gurkan, for “giving his daughter to a Jew” and suggested that this is why foreign media are “attacking Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyim Erdogan” for the disaster, Hurriyet reported.

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