On the eve of Pres. Bush’s meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan–Rep. Rothman was joined by 10 House Colleagues in sending a meticulously documented letter to the President–detailing rampant anti-American and anti-Semitic sentiment in the Turkish press.
The June 7 letter noted the rise of anti-Semitism–citing as one example–that "some of Turkey’s best selling books this past year include Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf–which has been published at least 45 times between 1940 and 2005 in Turkey and is not being marketed by 11 publishers." It goes on to detail the complex ways anti-Semitism manifests itself–including "animosity toward Jews and Judaism;" and–"a hostile approach towards the Jewish citizens of Turkey–including questioning their loyalty–accusing them of treason and blaming them for the fall of the Ottoman Empire?"
In detailing anti-Americanism in Turkey–House members cited "last year’s BBC poll–which found Turkey to hold the most anti-American sentiment in the world." The letter also notes "Turkish government officials comparing the US to Nazi Germany and President Bush to Adolph Hitler."
Joining Rep. Rothman in cosigning the letter were Representatives Shelley Berkley (D-NV)–Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)–James McGovern (D-MA)–Michael McNulty (D-NY)–Frank Pallone (D-NJ)–Adam Schiff (D-CA)–Mark Souder (R-IN)–Edolphus Towns (D-NY)–Diane Watson (D-CA)–and Anthony Weiner (D-NY).