Norman Stone claims that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insults former Israeli president Shimon Peres using the Turkish word for “you” at Davos in 2009
Norman Stone from the Guardian wrote a news story on 6 December 2015 and claimed that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insulted former Israeli President Shimon Peres by using the Turkish word for “you” at the Davos conference in 2009, stating that this is normally used for dogs. Stone’s second claim is that DAESH received help from Turkey.1
However, both of Stone’s claims happen to be false.
Is there a specific Turkish word for “you” used for "dogs” ?
There is no Turkish form of “you” specifically used for dogs. The pronoun Erdogan used is the regular second person singular pronoun.
Does Turkey really help DAESH ?
The second claim about DAESH receiving help from Turkey happens to be false. Turkey is one of the countries targeted by DAESH. Recently, they published a video which called for a “revolt” against President Erdogan.2 Erdogan said, on 25 September 2014, that DAESH is a barbaric terror organisation. Moreover, Turkey has taken steps to combat DAESH and prevent foreigners from joining DAESH in the first place:
- Al Jazeera reported on 29 Jan 2014 that Turkish forces attacked an DAESH convoy in Syria.3
- According to Haaretz’ news on 11 September 2014, Turkey deported 830 Europeans trying to join DAESH, and deployed special units at border-crossings, airports, bus and train terminals, aiming to stop aspiring militants from joining the group in Iraq and Syria.4
- Daily Sabah noted that a French-Moroccan national believed to be a leading recruiter for DAESH militants for the civil war in Syria was among those detained and expelled from Turkey on 11 September 2014.
- Middle East Monitor also reported on 22 April 2015 that Turkey deported 1,300 people and issued exclusion bans against 12,800 to date as part of its efforts to prevent people joining DAESH.5
- According to Ceylan Yeginsu’s report published on 10 July 2015 in New York Times, Turkish authorities arrested 21 suspected DAESH members.6
Given such measures, it is seen that Stone’s claims are not based on facts.
- 1. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/06/erdogan-turkey-russ...
- 2. http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/19082015
- 3. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/01/turkish-jets-strike-isi...
- 4. http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.615352
- 5. https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/europe/18202-turkey-1300-people-d...
- 6. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/11/world/europe/turkey-arrests-21-suspect...