The Gülenist Terrorist Group (FETÖ) is behind an amendment to the US National Defense Authorization Act 2022 (NDAA) adopted by the House of Representatives which aims to designate the Idealist Homes as a terrorist group foreigner, a US official said on Wednesday.
The group’s representative, Adil Alper Yiğiter, told Anadolu (AA) Agency that they found a photo of an online meeting attended by Democratic Representative Dina Titus of the state of Nevada, who presented amendment, and NBA player Enes Kanter, the so-called “adopted” son of FETÖ leader Fetullah Gülen who resides in the United States
“It has been proven that Titus, who introduced the amendment to add idealistic hotbeds to the terrorist list, is working with (FETÖ). The smear campaign launched by those who are hostile to the Turks and Ülkü Ocakları () will undoubtedly be eliminated, “Yiğiter said.
Kanter, who funds FETÖ, wrote a letter in 2016 in the wake of Turkey’s unsuccessful coup. “May my father, mother and all the pedigree die for your [Fetullah Gülen] cause, ”he wrote, signing it as“ Enes (Kanter) Gülen. “
Yiğiter said the movement has never engaged in illegal practices in the course of its activities. “In addition, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we participated in aid campaigns and shared our bread with those in need, regardless of their ethnicity,” he added.
The Titus Amendment requires a State Department report on the activities of the Idealist Homes and a review of the criteria for how appointments are made.
“Although it seems that it was the Armenian lobby that initiated the bill, we see the active role of a certain group of people who are still hostile to us,” Yiğiter said, referring to FETÖ.
FETÖ and its US-based leader orchestrated the defeated coup d’état of July 15, 2016 in Turkey in which 251 people were killed and 2,734 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETÖ of being at the origin of a long campaign to overthrow the state by infiltrating Turkish institutions, in particular the army, the police and the judiciary.
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahçeli called US lawmakers’ decision against the Idealist Hotspots a “terrible mistake”.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said it “regrets” the amendment was included in the NDAA.
“It is extremely sad and disturbing that such a request, which makes baseless accusations and does not correspond to our deeply rooted alliance with the United States, has even been approved by a wing of the United States Congress,” the porter said. -speak of the Tanju Bilgiç ministry, referring to the House of Representatives.
Bilgiç said Turkey expects the “reckless request” not to be included in the final text of the law, adding that any attempt to restrict the Turkish community’s freedom of association and expression must be avoided.
On its website, the group claims that it rejects all forms of extremism and promotes social projects for the integration of the Turkish diaspora into French society.