Turkish media is reporting that a Turkish-American influence group and an NJ mayor’s office organized a Ramadan iftar (fast-breaking) that also was attended by a US Congressman. According to the TRT Haber report:
May 4, 2021 The iftar dinner in Paterson, New Jersey, a city with one of the largest populations of Turks in the United States, brought together different segments of society. The event, organized jointly by the Turkish American Steering Committee (TASC), one of the umbrella organizations of the Turkish community operating in the United States, and the Paterson City Mayor’s Office took place under the iftar tents set up in the courtyard of the historic town hall. Turkish Ambassador to Washington Hasan Murat Mercan, New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell, Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh and other prominent local leaders, as well as representatives of different nationalities and ethnic groups living in the New York and New Jersey area attended the fast-breaking ceremony. [Translated by Google Translate with edits]
Read the rest here.
The Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC) is strongly tied to Turkish President Erdoğan:
- TASC co-chair Halil Mutlu is Erdoğan’s cousin.
- TASC co-chair Gunay Evinch is a principal of Saltzman & Evinch, a law firm retained by Turkey and registered as a foreign agent of Turkey in 2020.
- TASC’s former treasurer, Murat Guzel, detailed his US political activities in e‑mails to Erdoğan family members.
Previous GIOR reporting on TASC had included:
- In May 2021, we reported that Gunay Evinch was protesting President Joe Biden’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
- In April 2021, we reported that TASC met with the heads of US Islamist organizations and the Turkish Ambassador to the United States.
- In March 2021, we reported that TASC wanted to contribute to US-Turkish relations by distributing food aid through US politicians.