The Citizen (Gauteng)
Israel ‘cruel terrorist state’
Ankara – Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced Israel as a “cruel terrorist state” in a speech in Ankara on Saturday in which he referred to recent police clashes with Palestinians in Jerusalem.
His comments came after more than 200 people were wounded when Israeli riot police clashed with Palestinians at the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday.
This incident capped a week of unrest.
“Israel, the cruel terrorist state, attacks the Muslims in Jerusalem – whose only concern is to protect their homes ... and their sacred values – in a savage manner devoid of ethics,” he said.
The violence in Jerusalem was “an attack on all Muslims”, he said, adding that “protecting the honour of Jerusalem is a duty for every Muslim”.
He urged all countries, in particular Muslim countries, to react and called on the United Nations to “stop this persecution”.
Earlier, Erdogan took to Twitter to condemn the violence.
“We strongly condemn the abominable attacks against the al-Aqsa mosque... which are unfortunately carried out every Ramadan,” he wrote, referring to the Muslim month of fasting. “We will continue to be at the side of our Palestinian brothers and sisters in all circumstances.” –