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Erdogan Backer Accosts Gulenist Vendor at OC Halal Food Festival

The OC Halal Food Festival is meant to bring diverse people together all in the name of yum. But this year's event at the Islamic Society of Orange County mosque in Garden Grove proved to be a brief battleground over Turkish politics, one not seen in OC since last year when the Anaheim Union High School District held a screening of Killing Ed, an Islamophobic documentary critical of charter schools affiliated with exiled Turkish imam Fetullah Gulen. Erol Kozoglu, owner of the newly opened Marash Ice Cream parlor in Santa Ana, worked his booth alone during the November festival when a local group supportive of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Gulen's onetime ally-turned-rival, accused him of serving up two scoops of terror.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

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