Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said some pretty provocative things about Israel in a CNN interview today. He referred to Israel as a “terror state” and went so far as to say that Israel “surpassed what Hitler did” with its ground invasion of Gaza. Well, back in 2004, it turns out, Erdogan actually received an award from the American Jewish Congress.
Erdogan received a Profile of Courage from the AJC ten years ago because of how he fought terrorism and pushed for peace. And, now, obviously, they want it back.
AJC President Jack Rosen wrote an open letter to Erdogan calling on the Turkish to return the award. He declares that Erdogan has been “inciting violence against the Jewish people” and is “arguably the most virulent anti-Israel leader in the world.”
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