Alan Hart : A short open letter to Secretary of State Kerry

Alan Hart March 3, 2013 5
Alan Hart : A short open letter to Secretary of State Kerry

Davutoglu insisted that Turkey was not hostile to Israel but he didn’t grovel to Kerry. He added: “If Israel expects to hear positive comments from Turkey, I believe it needs to revise its attitudes not only toward us but also toward the settlements in the West Bank and the people of the region.”

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Ahead of meeting Recep Tayyip Erdogan, US Secretary of State John Kerry says comments made by the Turkish prime minister equating Zionism to a “crime against humanity” are objectionable.

Dear Secretary of State,

I have a question for you.

Before you arrived in Turkey, its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told a United Nations forum in Vienna that the international community should consider Islamophobia as a crime against humanity “like Zionism or anti-Semitism or fascism.”


When Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu condemned Erdogan for “comparing Zionism to fascism” and described the Turkish leader’s remark as “a dark and false statement”, I found myself wondering how you would respond to it when you arrived in Turkey.


Before your plane landed, a senior State Department official who did not want to be named said Erdogan’s statement was “particularly offensive.” The official’s main concern seemed to be that it would “complicate” your ability to work with Turkey on a number of issues, the crisis in Syria and trade in particular.

In answer to a question at a press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, you said “we” obviously disagreed with Erdogan’s comment and found it “objectionable”.

(Davutoglu insisted that Turkey was not hostile to Israel but he didn’t grovel to Kerry. He added: “If Israel expects to hear positive comments from Turkey, I believe it needs to revise its attitudes not only toward us but also toward the settlements in the West Bank and the people of the region.”)


My question for you, Secretary of State, has a preamble.. A few days ago I was talking with a very dear Jewish friend of mine, Dr. Hajo Meyer who survived Auschwitz. In the course of our conversation about why there was no reason to hope that President Obama would seek to get a real peace process going on his forthcoming visit to Israel-Palestine, Hajo said this:

“Zionism is today’s Nazism.”

Because he is a Nazi holocaust survivor, Hajo speaks with a moral authority that neither you nor I possess. How would you respond to his comment?


Sincerely,
Alan Hart

Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who has covered wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East. His Latest book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, Vol. 1: The False Messiah, is a three-volume epic in its American edition. He blogs at AlanHart.com.

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5 Comments »

  1. robertdgt40 March 4, 2013 at 3:08 am -

    Nazism was created and financed directly by Zionism

  2. Greg Burton March 4, 2013 at 5:36 am -

    What nonsense. Turkey is Israel's ally in the illegal war and genocide occurring in Syria. Without Turkey's participation, providing staging areas for the FSA, the terrorists who have been training the Benghazi, the Maghreb and other places, to launch attacks into Syria, this US/Israel led "regime change" would never have gotten off the ground. I suspect what is really going on is Israel is providing cover for the Dònme clique running Turkey, whose Muslims majority would rebel in an instant if it knew Turkey's leadership was in bed with Israel's aim of creating "greater Israel" out pieces of its middle-eastern neighbors.
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  3. le March 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm -

    So according to Hart being a Holocaust survivor, in and of itself, confers moral authority.
    Menachim Begin was a holocaust survivor as were other members of the Irgun.
    I suspect more Holocaust survivors disagree with Meyer than agree with him – do they all speak with moral authority?
     
     

  4. Solon March 5, 2013 at 9:15 am -

    Failed again, Mr. Hart.
     
     

  5. Solon March 5, 2013 at 9:31 am -

    316 words. 10 paragraphs. several decades of journalist's training, experience, access, relationships. And the best you can come up with is appeal ad bacculum: I know a holocaust survivor.  

     

    What if you had said, I have a friend who was in a concentration camp during a war that zionists provoked in Germany. 

     

    Are you as keenly aware of how outrageously the United States behaved in WWII against Germany as you were outraged at US behavior in Viet Nam?

     

    Why didn't you say, "zionists are provoking a war against Iran just like they provoked a war against Germany — are you aware, Mr. Secretary, that zionist Jews "declared war" on Germany in March 1933; engineered public opinion to hate Germans and manipulated international commerce to boycott Germany in an attempt to "starve Germany into submission," precisely as zionists and the US Congress are doing today to Iran?

     

    Do you realize, Mr. Kerry, that IT DID NOT WORK in 1933 to attempt to break the German economy in order to force a zionist agenda on Germany; it did not work from 1991-2003 to impose sanctions on Iraq that killed a million Iraqi civilians, half of them children;, in a bid to make life so miserable for ordinary Iraqis that they would overthrow Saddam Hussein; It has not worked and it will not work to starve the Iranian people to death in order to induce them to overthrow their government?

     

    Nazism persisted for 12 years, Mr. Kerry, and cost millions of German, American, and Jewish lives. Zionism predated Nazism, was the seedbed for Nazism, and persists to this day. Zionism has cost the lives and futures of innocent civilians in Russia Poland Germany Italy Palestine Turkey Armenia Saudi Arabia Iran Afghanistan Libya Syria Lebanon Perhaps 100 million people slaughtered so that 7 million Jews could carry out a biblical fantasy.