Tur­key slams ‘oc­cu­pa­tion’ of Jerusalem

Cape Breton Post - - World -

ANKARA, Tur­key — Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan has called on Mus­lims to stand up for the Pales­tinian cause, say­ing each day that Jerusalem re­mains un­der “oc­cu­pa­tion” is an in­sult to them. His words drew strong crit­i­cism from Is­rael. Speak­ing in Is­tan­bul on Mon­day, Er­do­gan also com­pared Is­raeli ac­tions against Pales­tini­ans to those of South Africa un­der Apartheid and said the United States must drop plans to move its em­bassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

They were Er­do­gan’s harsh­est words against Is­rael since the two coun­tries rec­on­ciled last year and re­stored diplo­matic ties to am­bas­sado­rial level. The Is­raeli For­eign Min­istry ac­cused Er­do­gan of “sys­tem­at­i­cally” vi­o­lat­ing hu­man rights and said he “should not preach moral­ity.” A spokesman said “Is­rael con­sis­tently pro­tects to­tal free­dom of wor­ship for Jews, Mus­lims and Chris­tians.”

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