Turkish Paper Suggests Jews Caused Mine Disaster That Killed More Than 100

Owner of Soma Coal Mine Has Jewish Son-in-Law

Shared Sorrow: Members of the Turkish national soccer team console relatives of the victims of a deadly mine collapse in the town of Soma.
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Shared Sorrow: Members of the Turkish national soccer team console relatives of the victims of a deadly mine collapse in the town of Soma.

By JTA

Published May 21, 2014.
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A pro-government Turkish newspaper ran 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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