Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Top Turk Breaks Bread with Chabad

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Top Turk Breaks Bread with Chabad

Article excerpt

Last night, at the Living Legacy gala thrown by Chabad's Washington arm, American Friends of Lubavitch, at the Mellon Auditorium in D.C., the countries represented read a little like the World Cup qualifier lineup: England, Denmark, South Korea, Australia, New Jersey (Tim Howard, represent!). The roster also included non-qualifiers like Ireland, Belgium, Cyprusand, perhaps a little surprisingly, Turkey, which has, of course, been at odds with the Jewish state since Israeli commandos raided the Turkish-backed Gaza flotilla more than two weeks ago.

The delegation from Ankara included Murat Mercan, the head of the Turkish parliament's foreign relations committee and a senior figure in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP Party. As it happens, he also took part in the Gaza-bound Viva Palestina aid convoy earlier this year; since the Memorial Day flotilla raid, he's been sharply critical of Israel and its blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza.

But last night, he said his problems with Israel had nothing to do with his feelings toward Jews. "Criticizing what the current government is doing does not mean criticizing the Jews," Mercan told Tablet Magazine. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.