turk­ish so­ci­ety united on all lev­els against Is­raeli vi­o­lence to­ward Pales­tini­ans

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

TURK­ISH civil so­ci­ety and non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions have voiced their stance against the re­cent Is­raeli at­tacks and urged the Is­lamic world to stand in sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tini­ans.

The Na­tional Will Plat­form, which has more than 250 mem­bers, brought to­gether Turkey’s var­i­ous NGOs, in­clud­ing the Women and Democ­racy As­so­ci­a­tion (KADEM), the İmam Hatip Alumni Foun­da­tion and the İlim Yayma Vakfı, at an event ti­tled “Jerusalem is Our Red Line,” Wed­nes­day to draw at­ten­tion to Is­raeli bru­tal­ity.

In a joint state­ment the NGOs said that by mov­ing its em­bassy to Jerusalem, the U.S. en­cour­aged Is­rael to carry out the at­tacks that killed 62 peo­ple.

“The U.S. gov­ern­ment lost its im­par­tial­ity by tak­ing the de­ci­sion of mov­ing its em­bassy to Jerusalem, while also mak­ing the United Na­tions use­less. This at­ti­tude of the U.S. en­cour­aged the ter­ror­ist state of Is­rael even more and let it carry out a mas­sacre,” the state­ment read.

It also un­der­lines that the Western coun­tries, which al­ways talk about hu­man rights and democ­racy, re­main silent when it comes to Is­rael.

Yusuf Tülün, one of the lead­ers of the plat­form, said that their in­sen­si­tiv­ity has reached an un­bear­able point and high­lighted that Jerusalem was not just a mat­ter for the Pales­tini­ans but for all Mus­lims.

Mean­while, Doc­tors World­wide Turkey con­tin­ues to reach the ones in need in Gaza, where hos­pi­tals, drugs, and equip­ment are very scarce.

In a writ­ten state­ment, the or­ga­ni­za­tion said that they have been pro­vid­ing health care, in­clud­ing psy­choso­cial sup­port, in the re­gion since 2015.

İbrahim al-Nabah, the Gaza co­or­di­na­tor of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, said that it was in a ter­ri­ble con­di­tion and they felt in­se­cure.

“One day, some­one from my fam­ily might get killed. I can never be sure. As the num­ber of wounded in­creases and there are hardly enough med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties,” Nabah said, adding that “We want to help peo­ple as much as pos­si­ble.”

Mean­while, the Turk­ish Maarif Foun­da­tion has can­celed all cel­e­bra­tions planned for the end of the se- mester in its schools in Mau­re­ta­nia in a show of re­spect to the ones killed in Is­raeli at­tacks.

The head of the Ortho­dox So­ci­ety Foun­da­tion in south­ern Turkey’s Hatay, Can Tey­mur said he strongly con­demns the Is­raeli vi­o­lence.

Turk­ish op­po­si­tion par­ties have con­tin­ued to de­nounce Is­raeli bru­tal­ity and urge peo­ple to unite. Main op­po­si­tion Re­pub­li­can Peo­ple’s Party (CHP) leader Ke­mal Kılıç­daroğlu said Wed­nes­day that their sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tini­ans will con­tinue.

“At a time when we are en­ter­ing the month of Ra­madan, it hurts us to see the op­pres­sion the Pales­tini­ans face. I wish peace and broth­er­hood for the Is­lamic World and the whole world in the month of Ra­madan, which is the month of fruit­ful­ness and mercy. Our sup­port and prayers for the Pales­tini­ans will con­tinue,” he shared on his Twit­ter ac­count.

Na­tion­al­ist Move­ment Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli said on his Twit­ter ac­count yes­ter­day that to show the world how to stand up against in­hu­man­ity, they will at­tend the rally for Jerusalem to­day.

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