Turkish paper links Jews to Soma disaster
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Turkish paper links Jews to Soma disaster

Headlines criticizes coal mining company's owner for having a Jewish son-in-law

Riot police try to stop protesters attacking the offices of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party in Soma, Turkey, during the PM's visit on May 14, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Emrah Gurel)
Riot police try to stop protesters attacking the offices of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party in Soma, Turkey, during the PM's visit on May 14, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Emrah Gurel)

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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