Turkish Medical Association are “terrorist-lovers” - Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the country’s largest association of medical professionals “terrorist-lovers” after it had called for peace, nationalist newspaper Yeniçağ said.

“There are some who are uncomfortable (with the killing of terrorists) like the so-called Turkish Medical Association, and they want to carry out a campaign saying no to war,” Erdoğan said. “We have never heard these terrorist-lovers ever say yes to peace up to the present day.”

The professional association had never spoken out against terrorists killing innocent Turkish citizens, Erdoğan said.

“Did we ever hear of the slightest statement aimed at those carrying out domestic terrorism?” he asked. “We haven’t. They are involved in this business.”

The President of the Istanbul Medical Association, which is affiliated to the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), issued a response to Erdoğan’s comments saying that opposing bad wars was “patriotism”.

“When the life and death of Turkish soldiers is at stake in a war or conflict, and the life and death of our neighbours’ children are also at stake, it is never ‘non-national’ for a doctor to say it is better to try for peace without war,” Selçuk Erez said.

“On the contrary, this is patriotism, this is love for humanity. I would very much like someone to explain to me what the statement by our umbrella institution the TTB has to do with loving terrorists.”