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Turkish official: ‘I wish wounded Israeli tourists were dead’

Member of Turkish ruling party responds to Istanbul attack by hoping for more Israeli deaths.

By Yedidya Ben-Or


Irem Aktas, a member of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, posted a tweet today, reading “I wish that the wounded Israeli tourists were dead.”

She deleted the account shortly after posting it, but not in time to prevent a strong backlash over her lack of sympathy.

Aktas, who is responsible for the party’s digital communications and holds the party’s Women’s Media & Publicity Chair, also wrote “when Israel was attacking your Muslim brothers, why didn’t you say anything.”

A spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said, “We are looking into the issue with the Turkish Foreign Ministry. If it is correct, then it is clearly a disgusting and shocking statement, and we expect an apology and a renunciation.”

Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu offered a relatively kinder message, tweeting: “Even though they are foreigners, they are human beings as well.”

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu sent


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