Sabahattin Önkibar, a columnist for the Aydınlık daily, the mouthpiece of the neo-nationalist Homeland Party (VP) of Doğu Perinçek, has claimed that US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by the US Federal Reserve (Fed), allegedly run by Jewish tycoons.
In an op-ed published today, Önkibar claimed that Kennedy attempted to revoke the “authority of the Fed to mint coins” — despite the fact that in the United States the Department of the Treasury mints coins and prints bills, not the Federal Reserve — and paid for his attempt with his life. Moreover, he added that nine US presidents who faced assassination attempts similarly opposed the Fed’s dominance.
Önkibar claimed that the Fed’s chairmen are Jewish because the Fed is run by global zionist capitalists and their henchmen. “For instance current chair of the Federal Reserve Board Janet Yelten is Jewish,” he wrote, although her name is Yellen and she left office on February 3, 2018, succeeded by Jerome Powell. The columnist also listed Ben Bernanke and Alan Greenspan as among the former Jewish chairmen of the board.
The Aydınlık daily and its affiliated VP have been overtly anti-Semitic and often accuse Israel and Jews of being behind challenges Turkey has faced on various policy issues.
Önkibar was the Ankara representative of the Islamist İhlas Media Group, a pro-Recep Tayyip Erdoğan conglomerate that has had interests in various businesses including the media for more than 20 years. In 2012 he joined Aydınlık and its broadcast affiliate the Ulusal TV network, which are supportive of President Erdoğan’s nationalist and Islamist agenda. They are staunchly anti-NATO and pro-Iran and advocate Turkey severing its ties with the West.
The VP promotes the idea of Turkey, Russia and Iran becoming allied powers along with China against the West.
In another scandalous remark, Önkibar told the audience during a live broadcast on September 11, 2017 that Turkey must immediately get rid of followers of the faith-based Gülen movement, which is critical of the government, suggesting burning them alive en masse and citing history as a reference to back up this idea.