Report: In midst of Russian crisis, Erdogan says Palestinians are engaged in “honorable fight” against Israel
Palestine Press Agency reports that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan gave words of support for the wave of attacks against Jews in a speech at an economic conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation this morning.
According to the report, Erdogan said “The Palestinians are standing up to Israeli attacks and their violations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque; [they are] engaged in a struggle that is honest and honorable.”
He also said that “the Gaza Strip has turned into an open prison because of the ongoing blockade.”
I corroborated part of this, as excerpts from the speech was published in Haberler and elsewhere, but the part about Al Aqsa Mosque was not mentioned in the excerpts, which changes the context of the speech from one that apparently supports knifing Jews to a more general statement of support for “resistance.” The Turkish report quotes Erdogan as saying, “In Palestine, despite the inhuman oppression and violence and Israeli attacks, our brothers give an honorable fight. This is the eighth year that 1.5 million people are under the Gaza blockade which has turned it into an open-air prison.”
The entire speech is here on video, perhaps someone who knows Turkish can let us know what exactly Erdogan said and if he really was implying that he supports Arabs knifing Jews in a speech where he attacks terrorism.
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