Erdogan slams treatment of Palestinians; Israel issues angry response
Erdogan slams treatment of Palestinians; Israel issues angry response
10 May, 2017, 01:44
"God willing, we will never allow the silencing of azan (the Islamic call to prayers) in the skies of Jerusalem", Erdogan said at the International Jerusalem Foundations Forum in Istanbul. "We as Muslims should visit the Al-Aqsa mosque more often, every day that Jerusalem is under occupation is an insult to us".
"Those who systematically violate human rights in their own country should not lecture and take the moral high ground over the region's sole real democracy", Emanuel Nahshon, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of "massacres" against the Palestinians and chided the global community for its silence.
Erdogan also criticized Israel for its "Muezzin Bill", which is meant to limit the volume of Muslim calls to prayer during early morning hours.
Palestinians install a minaret on a new mosque in the East Jerusalem al-Quds Arab neighborhood of Issawiya, March 17, 2017. "And we will continue to ensure freedom of religion for all faiths", Rivlin tells Welby.
Erdogan and Macron also emphasised their determination to improve Turkish-French relations and discussed the importance of overcoming recent issues between Turkey and the European Union, the sources said. Are they unsure of their own fate?
Turkey and Israel last year agreed to normalize diplomatic ties following a six-year rift in their relationship, but Erdogan has a history of anti-Israel and antisemitic remarks.
The Turkish president also spoke out against the possibility of moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, warning that even "relocating a stone" in the Holy City could have serious implications.
Ankara and Tel Aviv "normalized" their ties past year after a dispute over the killing of Turkish activists in worldwide waters by Israeli soldiers.
Mere hours after his anti-Israel speech in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah yesterday (Monday) and according to a statement from Hamdallah, the two discussed ways "to defend against the Judaization of Jerusalem".
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