PKK; a terrorist organization, funded by revenue from «mafia-style» work and represent neither Kurds nor rich Kurdish Heritage!
ATAA Strongly Condemns Continued Terrorist Attacks by PKK
The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA)  strongly condemns continued terrorist attacks by the Marxist Leninist Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK)  in Turkey, which killed 37 Turkish security forces and 12 civilians and wounded 140 Turkish security forces and civilians since July 2015.
The PKK is a terrorist organization according to the laws of the United States, Turkey and European Union. In 2010, the United States Supreme Court held in the Humanitarian Law Project case  that financial and lobbying support to even the PKK’s and Hamas’ “nonviolent” activities constitutes support for terrorism and violates U.S. law. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit held in the Parlak case  that the PKK was a racist organization that persecutes people who are not Kurdish as well as Kurds who do not support the PKK’s Marxist-Leninist political ideology. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit held in the Ozdemir case  that Turkey’s military and police actions against the PKK are not ethnic-based and that they constitute legitimate anti-terror operations.
Since 1984, the PKK has caused the deaths of over 35,000 people, including Americans. The PKK has caused billions of dollars of property damage worldwide. The PKK claims to represent Kurds, but includes a sliver of roughly 5000 radicals and militants. The PKK is funded by revenue from narcotics and cigarette smuggling, human trafficking, sexual exploitation of women and children, as well as state and private supporters of terrorism.
Mainstream Turkish citizens of Kurdish heritage, who contribute to Turkey’s rich diversity of over 30 ethnic groups and 77 million people, do not support the PKK and do not support violence. There has never been apartheid, segregation, or statute based discrimination against Turkish citizens of Kurdish heritage. The vast majority of Turkish Kurds have integrated with the diverse ethnicity of Turkey and significantly contribute to Turkey’s economic, political, and cultural strengths.
The ATAA supports greater cooperation between the United States and Turkey to combat international terrorism, including the PKK and ISIL (DAESH).
The ATAA expresses its highest respect to the 37 Turkish security forces, who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom in Turkey and global peace.
The ATAA also expresses its deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of PKK terrorism and the people of Turkey, and wishes them strength, patience and determination.