The GÃ¼lenist Terrorist Group (FETÃ) 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 YiÄiter, 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 FETÃ leader Fetullah GÃ¼len who resides in the United States
âIt has been proven that Titus, who introduced the amendment to add idealistic hotbeds to the terrorist list, is working with (FETÃ). The smear campaign launched by those who are hostile to the Turks and ÃlkÃ¼ OcaklarÄ± () will undoubtedly be eliminated, “YiÄiter said.
Kanter, who funds FETÃ, 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 GÃ¼len] cause, âhe wrote, signing it asâ Enes (Kanter) GÃ¼len. “
YiÄiter said the movement has never engaged in illegal practices in the course of its activities. âIn addition, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we participated in aid campaigns and shared our bread with those in need, regardless of their ethnicity,â 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.
âAlthough 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,â YiÄiter said, referring to FETÃ.
FETÃ and its US-based leader orchestrated the defeated coup d’Ã©tat of July 15, 2016 in Turkey in which 251 people were killed and 2,734 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETÃ 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 BahÃ§eli 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 BilgiÃ§ ministry, referring to the House of Representatives.
BilgiÃ§ 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.