Turkish Official Sends Hate Tweet After Istanbul Attack

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Following the March 19 suicide bombing in Istanbul, Turkey, a member of the ruling Turkish AK Party tweeted that she wished the Israelis wounded in the attack were dead.

Irem Aktas, head of the Turkish AK Party’s media relations and women’s outreach department with the Turkish Foreign Ministry, sent the now-removed tweet, The Jerusalem Post reported.

A screenshot of the tweet was captured by Aykan Erdemir, a former member of Turkish Parliament, before it was taken down. He also translated it to English and shared it via his Twitter feed.

"AKP official tweets right after the #Istanbul attack," Erdemir tweeted. "'I wish that the wounded #Israeli tourists were dead.'''

Aktas’s Twitter account, @irem_87, appears to have been deleted from the social media site.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said Israel is checking the accuracy of Aktas’s tweet, according to The Jerusalem Post.

She has reportedly been dismissed from her position, and an AK administrator said her statement “does not reflect the opinion of the AK Party.”

Nachshon said the tweet was a “shocking and ugly statement,” and that if it was made legitimately, Israel will expect an apology and repudiation.

The suicide bombing in Istanbul claimed the lives of at least five people, with 36 wounded, The Guardian reported.

Of the injured, 12 were foreigners, including six Israelis, two Irish, and four others from Germany, Iceland, Iran, and Dubai.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Aykan Erdemir via TwitterThe Guardian / Photo credit: Twitter via Mirror

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