Erdoğan urges action against Israel after attack on Al-Aqsa mosque

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday called on the international community to take effective action against Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa mosque, Jerusalem and Palestinian homes.

“Jerusalem is the world itself, and the Muslims therein are humanity itself,” Erdoğan said in a tweet.

He said that protecting the honour and dignity of the holy city of Jerusalem was the duty of every Muslim.

“We regard every attack on places of worship, chiefly Al-Aqsa, and on Muslims, as attacks made on us,” he said. “It is the duty of every individual who calls themselves a human being, to oppose tyrants that defile Jerusalem, home to the sacred for three religions.”

The Turkish president underlined that remaining silent or not taking a significant stand against the attacks by the state of Israel “is no different than supporting them” and amounted to “being an accessory to the tyranny going on Palestinian lands”.

Erdoğan had called Israel a “terror state” on Saturday, after Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque on Friday, newspaper Daily Sabah reported.

He added that Ankara had launched initiatives to mobilise international institutions.

The clashes at Islam’s third-holiest site and around East Jerusalem, which injured at least 205 Palestinians and 17 Israeli police officers, came amid mounting anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers. Israel's Supreme Court will hold a hearing on the case on Monday. 

Erdoğan repeated his call for all Muslim countries and the international community to take effective steps against Israel, speaking at an event in Istanbul.

“The cruel Israel, terror state Israel is mercilessly and unethically attacking Muslims in Jerusalem,” Erdoğan said.

He added that Turkey had “immediately launched the necessary initiatives to get the United Nations, Organisation for Islamic Cooperation and all relevant institutions to take action”.