Turkish entrepreneur, Jewish partner open 'One Minute Cafe' in New York

Erdogan's remarks in Davos, a Turkish entrepreneur and his Jewish partner opened "One Minute Cafe" in New York last month.

Turkish entrepreneur, Jewish partner open 'One Minute Cafe' in New York

World Bulletin / News Desk

Inspired by Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks in Davos, a Turkish entrepreneur and his Jewish partner opened "One Minute Cafe" in New York last month, Andolu news agency said. 

During a World Economic Forum panel discussion on Gaza early this year, Erdogan walked off the stage after an angry exchange with Israeli President Simon Peres.

Erdogan's remarks as "one minute" at panel moderator in an angry tone had become iconic in Turkey and in Muslim world.

Turkish businessman Uzeyir Tari and his Jewish partner Eliyahu Nurieli have seen it as a chance and decided to use the phrase for commercial purposes.

"When I suggested to name our new cafe as 'One Minute Cafe', my partner really liked it," Tari said.

"After Mr. Erdogan lashed out at Israeli President, one of our customers, who was a Bangladeshi, expressed his pleasure over Erdogan's attitude," he said. "And we started to sell more when Mr. Erdogan's remarks had repercussions worldwide."

Tari said he also faced something interesting just the day after he made a contract with the owner of the place where he opened his cafe.

"The landlord is a Jewish too. He wanted to terminate our contract and offered big money. But we did not accept his offer," Tari said.

Tari runs another cafe, "The Istanbul Cafe", in Manhattan. But he says One Minute Cafe has been a good commercial investment and his partner and he planned to open two more One Minute cafes in New York.

"We are looking for a place to rent in Times Square," Tari said.

"One minute"

Members of the UN Security Council will meet to discuss Libya's request for an emergency session on a report that claimed war crimes were committed by Israel during last year's offensive on Gaza.

Israel killed nearly 1500 Palestinians, a third of them children and wounded more than 5000 Palestinians in the 22-day military aggression in December 2008 on Gaza.

On last January 29, Erdogan declared to the Israeli president: "Your voice is high and I know it is because of a psychology of guilt. When it comes to killing, you know very well how to kill. I know very well how you hit and killed children at the beaches."

Erdogan said that "You have prime ministers who had said they felt quite happy when they entered in Palestine on tanks."

Erdogan also lashed out at the audience who applauded Peres after his speech: "I also condemn those people who applaud this cruelty. I believe that applauding the people who killed children is a crime against humanity."

Erdogan told Peres, "you know well how to kill people and babies", referring Israeli killing of Palestinian children in Gaza offensive and previous massacres.

Erdogan also said that "Allah would punish Israel over its crimes and called for Israel to be banned from the United Nations since it has never complied its repeated resolutions over the treatments of Palestinians in occupied territories.

Israeli forces deliberately attacked civilians, failed to take precautions to minimize loss of civilian life and cited strong evidence Israeli forces committed grave breaches of the Geneva Convention, the 575-page report noted.

Israel has rejected a cooperation with the Goldstone team or had not allowed it onto its territory.


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