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Turkish newspaper accuses ‘Jewish Businessman’ Murdoch of spreading Kurdish terrorist propaganda

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Ankara – An Islamist newspaper in Turkey accused the Wall Street Journal
and its “Jewish businessman” owner Rupert Murdoch over the weekend of spreading
“propaganda” for Kurdish terrorism.

 

Newspaper
Yeni Akit
, which is closely aligned with Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan and his Islamist AKP party, based its accusation on an article in the
WSJ also over the weekend that discussed a rapidly growing youth organization
belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK: a designated terrorist
outfit by Turkey but also the U.S.

 

The paper claimed WSJ is known for its “hostility to Islam,” accusing
the paper of helping to spread the PKK’s agenda by interviewing members of the
Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement, which the government says colludes with
the PKK.

 

In
the WSJ article
, reporter Ayla Albayrak continuously refers to PKK fighters
in the flash point city of Silopi, precariously situated where the Iraqi,
Turkish and Syrian borders meet, as militants, rather than terrorists.

 

Yeni Akit highlighted quotes from a 22-year-old female commander, who
told the WSJ that the group’s youth arm boasted a growing presence “in every
city in Turkey.”

 

Tensions between Turkey and the Kurdish separatists have intensified in
recent weeks, with two Turkish troops and a policeman killed on Monday in
attacks Ankara blamed on the PKK.

 

Yeni Akit has become notorious for publishing hate speech against Jews,
the LGBT community, Armenians, Greeks, Yazidis and secularists, among others.
While Murdoch has often expressed support for Israel, the paper’s claim that he
is Jewish is false.