Turkish President Recep Erdogan called on Muslims to “join forces to protect Jerusalem from Israel’s Judaization attempts” on Tuesday. His remarks come just a day after Erdogan called on Muslims to “flock” to Jerusalem to fight against Israel’s “occupation” which he claimed is an “insult on us all [Muslims].”
Erdogan made the remarks at a meeting in Instanbul with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Palestinian Minister of Waqf and Religious Affairs Youssef Ideiss and Palestinian Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan al-Husseini.
Erdogan stated on Tuesday “It is imperative we join forces to protect Jerusalem from Israel’s Judaization attempts. I call on all Muslims to visit en masse the occupied Al-Aqsa mosque in east Jerusalem, which is routinely raided by settlers and Israeli security forces.” He also stated that “It is impossible to find a solution and peace in the region without finding a fair solution for the Palestinian cause first,” adding that Israel keeps “getting away from punishment,” in reference to international efforts against the State of Israel.
The Turkish president vocalized his country’s support for the Palestinians as well as Jerusalem, stating “Turkey is paying special attention to Jerusalem and the Palestinian fight for justice. We will double our efforts to turn Jerusalem into a city of security, independence and peace.”
During an address last night, Erdogan stated that “debates over the possibility of US moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem are extremely wrong and should certainly drop from the agenda,” comparing the State of Israel to apartheid South Africa and to pre-civil rights United States, stating “What’s the difference between the present acts of the Israeli administration and the racist and discriminatory politics that were practiced against black people in the past in America and up until a short time ago in South Africa?”
He also called on Muslims to visit Jerusalem more often in order to fight the “occupation”, stating “We, as Muslims, should be visiting Al-Quds [Jerusalem] more often. Each day that Jerusalem is under occupation is an insult to us. Both in terms of our religion and historical responsibility, Al-Quds and the fight of our Palestinian brothers for rights and justice is of great importance to us. We will keep making efforts for Quds to turn into a city of peace.”
Following Erdogan’s remarks on Monday, Israel summoned Turkey’s Ambassador to Israel, Kemal Okem, for questioning.
This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, May 9, 2017, and reposted with permission.