Turkey's ruling AKP removes article denying Holocaust from its Web

Turkeys ruling AKP removes article denying Holocaust from its Web

An article that denied the Holocaust took place and defined Jews as "grasshoppers herd" was removed from the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Web site, Radikal daily reported on Friday.

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The removal came after Radikal daily correspondent Tarik Isik made the discovery and contacted party officials before submitting his story on the issue.

 

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan came under fire from Jewish communities over his harsh criticism of Israel's operations in Gaza which left more than 1,300 people dead.

 

Erdogan says criticizing the Israeli administration is not an anti-Semitic act and his criticism did not target Jews or Israeli people, adding he sees anti-Semitism as a crime against humanity.

 

The article, which appears on the Web site of the Ankara branch of the AKP entitled, "Promised Land - Palestine", has no mention of the date of publication or the author, Radikal added.

 

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The report said the article included the main arguments of anti-Semitism.

 

The article claimed some close aides of Adolf Hitler were Jewish. "The claims that Hitler incinerated and carried mass killings against Jews do not abide with the historic facts. Those who died were killed to ensure that others migrate to Palestinian territory," Radikal quoted the article as saying.

 

The chairman of AKP's Ankara branch, Halis Bilge, told Radikal that he is not aware of the article, adding that it was added by someone who knew or hacked the site’s administration password, which is located at http://www.akparti.org.tr/ankara/.

 

Radikal said the article was removed from the Web site after the reporter contacted Bilge, but published screenshots of the site before the article was removed.

 

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