A petition calling for the US government to condemn and label the Turkish government as a “state sponsor of terrorism” has gained more than 30,000 signatures.
Entitled “List Erdogan’s Turkey As State Sponsor Of Terrorism; Void U.S. Alliance With Turkey,” the petition lists several ways in which the Turkish president supports jihadists abroad.
“Following Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet striking the Islamic State (IS), it is undeniable that Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan supports jihad terrorism in Syria. IS exports oil via Turkey and terrorists of IS, al-Qaeda, and other jihad groups transit the border,” the petition begins.
“This builds upon a pattern of Ankara’s support for terrorists in other countries: Russia (Chechnya), China (Xinjiang), Israel/Gaza (Hamas), Yugoslavia (Bosnia), Serbia (Kosovo), Georgia (Pankisi), Egypt (Muslim Brotherhood); aggression against neighbors (invasion and occupation of Cyprus, violation of Greece’s airspace, blockade of Armenia); and denial of genocides against Christian Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians.”
The petition, started by Jim Jatras, a former US Senate staff member and Foreign Service officer at the Department of State, needs more than 68,000 signatures by January 1 to reach its goal.