Ilhan Tanir
May 18 2018

Jerusalem move signals new U.S. operations against Islamic World - Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday told Muslim leaders attending a summit in Istanbul that the Islamic world needs to do more than just issue condemnation and statements regarding the ongoing plight faced by Palestinians in Gaza. 

"They have not stopped and will not stop the invasion and brutality. Until we Muslims take back our own rights, nobody will hand them to us on a gold platter," said Erdoğan.

The extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) began on Friday in Istanbul to respond to Israeli security forces' massacre of Palestinians protesters marching across the security fence around Gaza.

UN human rights chief  Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein slammed the Israeli government for events that led to killing of 60 and injury of 3,000 Palestinians while they were protesting for the right to return to the homes. 

In a major part of his speech, Erdoğan railed against the United States and accused the Trump administration of bowing to the wishes of Israel and U.S. radical evangelists on the decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, despite his repeated objections that such a decision will lead to more conflict in the region. The Turkish president said the United States' Jerusalem decision had signalled "new operations against the Islamic world," without elaborating the said scheme.

"What Israel is doing is, I am saying this openly, a barbarity, a state terror and a massacre," he said.

"There is not a single difference between the cruelty and barbarity that have been applied against the European Jews 75 years ago and what the Gazan brothers are now going through. Sons and grandsons of those who were tortured in concentration camps in Europe are unfortunately using methods today against the Gazan brothers that appear to exceed by far what the Nazis had done."

Erdoğan said so far the United States by deciding to move the embassy to Jerusalem had "laid the ground for massacres of Palestinians; the hands of America have been stained by innocent Palestinians' blood. The United States is not the part of solution in the Middle East today, it is part of the problem." 

Erdoğan called for a new peace process to be launched, and continued to attack the United States, accusing the Trump administration of blocking the United Nations Security Council from taking steps against Israel.

Erdoğan said the final declaration of the summit would "create a very different result this time." 

So far, neither the Turkish government nor other Islamic states have sanctioned Israel economically.