Erdogan compares Israel's Gaza 'brutality' to Nazi persecution of Jews
OZAN KOSE (AFP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday compared Israel's actions against the Palestinians in Gaza to the Nazi persecution of the Jews in World War II.
"There is no difference between the atrocity faced by the Jewish people in Europe 75 years ago and the brutality that our Gaza brothers are subjected to," he told a summit of Islamic leaders in Istanbul.
Erdogan had called the extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul after Israeli forces on Monday killed some 60 Palestinians on the Gaza border.
He added that the leadership of a people "who were subjected to all kinds of torture in the concentration camps during World War II is attacking the Palestinians with methods similar to the Nazis."
"I will say openly and clearly that what Israel is doing is banditry, brutality and state terror," he added.
Around six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War II in the Holocaust.
Erdogan had earlier told a mass rally in Istanbul that as the victims of the Holocaust, the Jewish people of Israel should stop their government's actions against the Palestinians.
"We believe a people who were victims of the Holocaust will not give consent to the crime against humanity committed by their own state," he said.
Large crowds thronged the massive Yenikapi meeting area on the shores of the sea of Marmara under the slogan "Curse the oppression, support Jerusalem."
Demonstrators held Palestinian and Turkish flags and brandished slogans like "Jerusalem is our red line".
Some of the leaders and ministers set to attend the summit were present at the rally, including Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah.
"We are calling on the world and say 'Israel, America and Zionism, you all dragged humanity into chaos'," said protester Levent Ayaz.
"With God's permission, Jerusalem belongs to us and is the capital of Islam as long as this ummah (Islamic community) exists," he added.
"There is no political view here, there is no right, there's no left," said fellow demonstrator Recep Kerven.
"The only reason we are here is to support our (Palestinian) brothers. That's a message delivered to the entire world."
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Did Endogan think of what he has been doing to the Kurds, is the world blind to his genocide and ethnic cleansing in Afrim?
Mr Endogan is courageous to say the nonesence he has been saying because no one has thrown back to him, his own atrocities