Turkey accuses Israel of 'ethnic cleansing'

2012-11-20 14:03

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused Israel of "ethnic cleansing" in Gaza, saying the Jewish state's air raids could not be considered self defence.

"Israel is committing ethnic cleansing by ignoring peace in this region and violating international law," Erdogan said. "It is occupying the Palestinian territory step by step."

The infuriated premier said Israeli air raids against Gaza could not be deemed self defence, accusing Western countries of aiding what it called a "terrorist state" by condoning its violence in the Middle East.

"Sooner or later, Israel will answer for the innocent blood it has shed so far," he said.

On Monday, Erdogan said the United Nations "turned a blind eye" on Israeli attacks against Palestinians, accusing the international body of double standards against Muslims.

  • mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-20 14:23

    No that's the charter of Hamas to eradicate all Jews from the middle east

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-11-20 14:49

      Do you know what the situation is over there, I admit I have never been there, but I have heard horrible accounts of what is going on, and the truth is hidden from the general civilian Israelis. If you get beat down so much there it is understandable that you will feel your enemy does not have the right to exist. Neither party is right and both believe they are fundamentally correct. Look at it this way if your house is blown up by Isreal and your family was inside, you may feel justified to blow up a bus with Israeli civilians, and if you were an Israeli and you family is on a bus that got blown up, you might feel justified to blow up a Palestinian house that might contain a militant. It is an evil circle that is spiralling out of control.

      ronald.utenhage - 2012-11-20 15:07

      I once heard in reply to the Palestine and Israel situation the following remark: "One side wants Justice WITHOUT ..peace!..The otherside wants PEACE..WITHOUT ...Justice!

      Tony-Lapson - 2012-11-20 15:09

      Exactly Pieter. It is a cycle that extends beyond the last century, and ultimately boils down to a constant tit-for-tat battle ever since their first religious conflicts. However, you can also take selective media coverage into account as far as how you perceive the Palestinian people and their living conditions. Believe it or not, there are millionaires, shopping centers and luxury hotels too. None of their rich occupants have to deal with the Israeli control methods to get to work, it is only the poor and hard working. As far as the "killing of innocents" goes, both sides are equally guilty and for anyone to point fingers would be pathetic.

      ronald.utenhage - 2012-11-20 15:18

      Historically, the land of Palestine was populated by a people known as the Palestinians. Palestinians have always been religiously diverse, with the Muslim majority maintaining friendly relations with their Christian, Jewish, and Druze brethren.At the turn of the 20th Century, a new Jewish nationalist ideology called Zionism was developing. Zionism called for the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. During this time, increasing numbers of Jewish Europeans immigrated to Palestine, causing the Jewish population to grow from a tiny minority to 35% of the population.

      ronald.utenhage - 2012-11-20 15:19

      In 1947, the United Nations partitioned Historic Palestine, giving 55% to the Jewish population and 45% to the Palestinian population. The indigenous Palestinians rejected the division of the land on which they had lived and farmed for centuries.At the time of partition, the Jewish population owned less than 6% of Palestine.

      Tony-Lapson - 2012-11-20 15:37

      Ronald, one can't deny what you have said, but consider the fact that the land was occupied by the Jewish long before the rise of Islam and Islamic nations. I am talking 1360BC, over 3000 years ago. What would the people of Islam do if the roles were reversed, and they were driven out of their homes during that time instead of the Jews? Would they scatter into other nations only to never have a country they call home?

      jon.jones.90663894 - 2012-11-20 17:45

      Gianni Blayse I am not Jewish , not Israeli. But I am a staunch and proud Zionist because I LOVE ISRAEL. Got that ?. Cheers !. My love for Israel is more relevant than your hatred for Jews. I do not hate Palestinians or Arabs or Muslims. Just wish they would let go of their hatred for Israel and the Jews. If all of the Arabs in region would recognize Israel as the national home for the Jews and live and let live the whole area would boom economically to such an extent it would make the growth of China look sluggish.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-20 19:46

      I support Israel all the way.

      themba.mazibuko.7587 - 2013-03-07 10:46

      Turkey slaughtered 1.5 million Armenians , Is currently ethnically cleaning the Kurds who are fighting for independent Kurdistan - When will this madness from Turkey end ??.( Turkey still to this day illegally occupies Greek Cyprus and Alexandretta )

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-20 14:23

    Who are those Turkeys to throw stones. Its not that their human rights record is unblemished.

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-20 14:28

    At least some nations tell it like it is!

      henry.justice.372 - 2012-11-20 14:45

      Not to worry derek , i'd bet double the number killed have been born to continue the gazans evil ways - 2012-11-20 14:55

      Israel must not let Turkey make the running and should sever all diplomatic ties now. Israel should then support the moves to recognise the Armenian genocide and the illegal occupation of northern Cyprus. Then Israel should arm the Kurds so that they could stand up to in-house Turkish terror. Take the gloves off! Better an open enemy than a treacherous 'ally'

      ronald.utenhage - 2012-11-20 15:20

      Between the time of partition and the declaration of Israel on 78% of historic Palestine in 1948, the newly formed Jewish state had depopulated (through massacres, expulsion orders, and fear tactics) over 400 villages and made refugees of at least 726,000 Palestinians (see U.N.).As Moshe Dayan put it, “Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist, not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either.”

      jon.jones.90663894 - 2012-11-20 18:41

      Henry Gianni is a fake. He or she talks about White South Africans IN S A as 'saffas' when everyone knows that saffas refers to SA's overseas.

  • dewalds3 - 2012-11-20 14:31

    One word : Armenia

      henry.justice.372 - 2012-11-20 14:43

      Forgot that one. The only people who deny a genocide occurred there are the Turks. They should just shut up considering that the retaliation against the criminals that are gaza , is a picknick in comparison

  • george.michaelides.71 - 2012-11-20 14:36

    Really Mr. Prime Minister, and what did your country do to Cyprus in 1974...and still is so to this day.....CHOP!

  • Astro Kam's - 2012-11-20 14:38

    I always thought Turkey is against (Syria- Iran- hamas) so it is supposed to be the closest Israeli ally in the region! middle east is confusing. What next?

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-20 15:02

      Not the new presidency as Turkey is moving away from secularism.

  • saintbruce.bruce - 2012-11-20 14:39

    Sorry pal - but a few 'stray' mortars from Syria landed your side of the fence and your artillery responded immediately! Now you want NATO to supply you with Patriot missiles to use against whom exactly?? This is just laughable. Not one call from this Muslim to Hamas to stop firing rockets over the fence into Israel yet Israel must stop retaliating and defending iit's citizens in the SAME way you defend yours !! What a hypocrite!

  • KennySven - 2012-11-20 14:40

    Double standards,why is Turkey firing rockets etc.into Syria?

  • William - 2012-11-20 14:43

    Unfortunately for you Daniel STATS reveal a TRUTH to the contrary:

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-20 15:00

      Not sure why it's unfortunate for me? Their charter is free for all to see and it is what it is and says what it says.

  • sean.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-20 14:47

    Correct DanielDennett! Let me quote Hamas's Charter .. "The Hamas Charter (or Covenant), issued in 1988, outlined the organization's position on many issues at the time, identifies Hamas as the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine and declares its members to be Muslims who "fear God and raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors." The charter states "our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious" and calls for the eventual creation of an Islamic state in Palestine, in place of Israel and the Palestinian Territories,[35] and the obliteration or dissolution of Israel." Turkey supports this Terrorist organisation so these statements are expected.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-20 14:57

      The charter is their problem, they need to change it otherwise on their version there is no possibility of peace.

  • - 2012-11-20 14:51

    Pathetic and whining Turkish regime! It is time Ankara realized that the Ottoman empire is dead and that Israel never has and never will apologize for defending herself against Jihadi aggression. Israel is a democracy seeking peace but also has one of the strongest military defense forces in the world ready to defend her ctiizens. One wonders how thick the skin is on the Turkish voters. Their economy is going down, their attempts to join EU are stalled, their military is being purged with trumped up charges, and the Islamist government is showing that it is great at delivering what all the other Islamist governments in the world give: rhetoric.

  • david.a.meyer.925 - 2012-11-20 14:59

    That comes wee from the Turks. Tell that to the Armenians.

  • david.a.meyer.925 - 2012-11-20 15:00

    Correction: That should read: That comes well from the Turks... Tell that to the Armenians

  • customdesign - 2012-11-20 15:22

    What a two face- the Syrian army accidentally fires mortars into his country a few times and he retaliates immediately. Now he judges another country for defending itself.

      customdesign - 2012-11-20 15:58

      Cant take anyone who wears a Che Guevara hat seriously, sorry.

      phathuchicos - 2012-11-20 16:20

      aaarg please...

  • Hakuna - 2012-11-20 15:46

    Interesting reading

  • zebsonm - 2012-11-20 15:57

    but mr PM you are running with hairs and hunting with hyenas yourself.just be consistent and call double standards when and if you see them from your western friends not when it suits you.

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