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Erdogan: Israel carrying out 'terrorist acts' in Gaza
Published Monday 19/11/2012 (updated) 20/11/2012 12:38
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Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan speaks during a news conference
during his official visit to Sarajevo on Sept. 14. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)
ISTANBUL (Reuters) -- Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel on Monday of carrying out "terrorist acts" in its bombardment of Gaza.

"Those who associate Islam with terrorism close their eyes in the face of mass killing of Muslims, turn their heads from the massacre of children in Gaza," Erdogan told a conference of the Eurasian Islamic Council in Istanbul.

"For this reason, I say that Israel is a terrorist state, and its acts are terrorist acts."

Erdogan was visiting Cairo this week, and held talks with Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi. At a joint press conference on Saturday, both sides called for a ceasefire.

The Turkish premier said world powers were not halting Israel's attacks. "The party having the disproportionate force is obvious," he said.

Ties between Israel and Turkey, once Israel's only Muslim ally, crumbled after Israeli marines stormed an aid ship in 2010 seeking to enforce Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Nine Turkish citizens were killed in clashes with activists on board.

Ankara expelled Israel's ambassador and froze military cooperation after a UN report into the incident released in September last year.

Earlier this month Turkey opened the trial in absentia of four former Israeli military commanders over the 2010 raid.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is to travel to Gaza on Tuesday with a group of foreign ministers from the Arab League.

Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip has killed 100 Palestinians and wounded more than 700 since Wednesday.
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1 ) shirley / australia
19/11/2012 15:25
what is this about ERDOGAN attacks LIBYA with NATO KILLS KURDS and ATTACKS and trains terrorists in Syria to kill both syrians and pals and hamas welcomes turkey to GAZA and AL go along with IT this is only weakening ABBASS and PA who need to go to UNGA ERDOGAN is more worried about his image and control than pals and this only strengthens ISreal hand if ERDOGAN really cared he would shut up making things worse along with HAMAS and AL invite turkey killer alongEGYPT and PAAND PLO BEING SHUT OUT

2 ) assam ulangkaya / philippines
19/11/2012 15:44
i am glad that turkish prime minister tayyip erdogan condemned isreali massacre of helpless people of gaza..but dont he use his influence to the obama administration by urging the american president to stop supporting the barbaric state of israel..israel once again showed his cowardness for he can only afford to go to war against a weak state like gaza..look israel lost its war against hezbollah of lebanon who are militarily equipped..

3 ) Mel / USA
19/11/2012 15:50
Does Erdogan have any Turkish journalists in Gaza's Sunrise(al Sharouk)building? Some are in ambulances(one killed)going to Al-Shifa! WAR CRIMES! Shame on you Turkey for wanting USG/EU favor MORE than defending Syrian/Palestinian civilians.HEAD TO GAZA YOURSELF ERDOGAN!
Isreali missiles dropping on ENCLAVED civilians with MAXIMUM burn injuries.WAR CRIMES! INF firing on Gaza coast! WAR CRIMES!

4 ) Mel / USA
19/11/2012 16:31
Erdogan! Go and see the 200 children still injured! Go and reassure the 150 women injured,and 50 ELDERLY that Israel enjoys dropping bombs on!20 hits on Khan Younis,with more dead injured! Journalists hit! Hospitals hit! Burej refugee camp! Egyptian citizens bombed too! SHAME ON YOU WORLD LEADERS,for abandoning human rights for POLITICS,VOTES &favors over HUMAN LIVES! If you ONLY had the STALWART courage of the CHILDREN in Gaza,you'd be lucky!

5 ) matt / usa
19/11/2012 16:49
Assume he is right. isnt hamas and the other groups firing rockets into israel also a terrorist act?

6 ) Fresh / Perspective
19/11/2012 16:55
1- The World should have acted against Gaza’s constant War Crimes for years, even if it only attacked Israel’s smaller villages near Gaza, but
2- The situation has changed, where instead of just Gaza war crimes, there is an Islamic “Axis of Evil”, with Iran paying, Sudan building, Egypt collaborating to deliver, and Gaza militants openly using the long range Fajr-5 rockets against Israeli cities, so
3- The UN should Charge all 4 of these Islamic governments with war crimes in the ICC !!!

7 ) Tibi / Tubas
19/11/2012 16:57
Erdogan is more guilty of 'terrorist acts', and breaking international laws than Israel, after collaborating in sending the IHH "activists" on the Mavi Marmara to break the legal Blockade of Gaza.

8 ) Robby / USA
19/11/2012 16:57
Hmm, no mention of the rockets fired into Israel before they retaliated?

9 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
19/11/2012 17:03
At this time, I'm not going to get bogged down on terrorism--right now that's absurd--when there's a Palestinian holocaust going on that we must take the first step in stopping. We are largely to blame (we broke the previous ceasefire in a major way by killing Hamas' al-Jabari and others). Erdogan is at least right in blaming us. The faster the Turkish Foreign Minister and Arab League ministers (and hopefully the Egyptians, our best friends right now for help in stopping this carnage) (cont.)

10 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
19/11/2012 17:09
get to Gaza, the better. We then need to join them. The news is just 1 big Palestinian holocaust report. We already have innocent blood on our hands and a ground invasion of Gaza will be a holocaust for everyone.

11 ) audun / norway
19/11/2012 17:11
Facist-zionist state sponsored terrorists, the true face of idf...

12 ) Julie / USA
19/11/2012 17:20
finally, the truth is stated in public by a high ranking official...and thankfully, it's Erdogan. he is spot on!!! Turkey is not someone to dismiss. enough said.

13 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
19/11/2012 17:46
Right. This from the country that slaughtered the Armenians and is try to do the same to the Kurds in the 21st century. The EU rejected Turkey's membership application because the country is running backwards and turning into an Islamic theocratic backwoods.

14 ) Mel / USA
19/11/2012 19:02
GO TO GAZA ERDOGAN!TAKE THE ARAB LEAGUE THERE &see if you can identify the burnt,fried remains of Gazan children,at Al Shifa hospital,among the 95 dead&850 injured/slaughtered(Mostly women/children,by ILLEGAL INCENDIARY/MINIATURE FISSILE WEAPONS BEING USED BY ISRAEL? Israel doesn't want the world to RECOGNIZE or IDENTIFY the remains of civilians,or should I say baby"terrorists"& children who are attacking Israel!And SHAME ON YOU JEWS,for allowing Zionism to B your VOICE!

15 ) Kolin Thumbadoo / Australia
20/11/2012 00:14
Zionism and Apartheid truely the spiritual twins of Nazism both in belief and practice.

16 ) Amira / Canada
20/11/2012 00:19
instead of words, Mr. Erdogan, take action NOW. Regarding Syria, you asked NATO to intervene and you also shot back at Syria.

Can you do the same for Palestine????
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