9081
Turkey’s Davutoglu Equates Netanyahu to Paris Attackers
International

Turkey’s Davutoglu Equates Netanyahu to Paris Attackers

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday compared Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu to the militants who killed 17 people in Paris last week, saying both had “committed crimes against humanity.”
Davutoglu said Israel’s bombardments of Gaza and its storming in 2010 of a Turkish-led aid convoy headed there, in which 10 Turks were killed, were on a par with the Paris attacks, whose dead included shoppers at a Jewish supermarket.
The comments at a news conference escalated a war of words between the two sides: Israel’s far-right foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, called President Tayyip Erdogan an “anti-Semitic bully” for criticizing Netanyahu’s attendance, with other world leaders, at a Paris solidarity march for the attack victims on Sunday, Reuters said in a report.
Separately on Thursday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman issued a statement saying it was “Islamophobic and unacceptable” for Netanyahu to link the Paris bloodshed to Islam.
“The Israeli government must halt its aggressive and racist policies instead of attacking others and sheltering behind anti-Semitism,” spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on the presidential website.
Turkey condemned the Jan. 7 attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which gunmen killed 12 people, but has also warned that rising Islamophobia in Europe risks inflaming unrest by Muslims.
Davutoglu also criticized the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet for publishing excerpts of Charlie Hebdo’s latest edition, saying freedom of the press did not extend to insulting religious values. “Freedom of press does not include insulting the Prophet,” Davutoglu said.

 

Short URL : http://goo.gl/z99D9P

You can also read ...

HRW reports that Myanmar’s government and military officials have seized vast swaths of land from farmers.
Human Rights Watch has urged Myanmar’s government to promptly...
US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16.
"Bizarre", "shameful", "disgraceful", that is the swift and...
US Ready for Direct Talks  With Taliban
The United States says it will engage in direct talks with the...
Britain’s May Wins Parliament Vote After Bowing to Brexit Pressure
British Prime Minister Theresa May won a series of votes in...
Protests Spread, Turn Deadly in Iraq
At least eight people are dead and dozens injured in weeklong...
US in Denial of Civilian Casualties in Raqqa
The US-led coalition’s flurry of responses rejecting the...

Trending

Googleplus