President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Israel enforced terror in Palestine and Turkey would do whatever is necessary within the legal framework if international organizations failed to take action on Jerusalem.
“We are calling on all countries who are members of the United Nations. Turkey will do whatever is necessary within the legal frame if the United Nations and Security Council fail to take action on Jerusalem,” Erdoğan said.
“We will not abandon Jerusalem. We will not stop defending Palestine. Turkey’s stance on the Jerusalem matter is quite clear. To recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is to reward Israel,” he added.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The dramatic shift in U.S. policy has drawn a storm of condemnation and protest across the Arab and Muslim world.
“We count every hand that extends toward Jerusalem as extending toward Istanbul. Palestine has become what Israel was in 1947. Israel is a country that uses state terror. We recently saw 20 terrorist Israeli soldiers dragging a Palestinian child. Does the U.S. and Trump not see this? Israel targets women, children and the disabled, and the U.S. turns a blind eye,” Erdoğan said.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) responded to the U.S. move by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.
Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel since 1967, might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.
Israeli occupation must end: Turkish presidential aide
A top aide to Turkey’s president on Saturday urged Israel to end its occupation of Palestine for the sake of peace and stability in the region.Ibrahim Kalın, spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, expressed his views on the U.S. Jerusalem move in a column for Turkey’s Daily Sabah newspaper, “Jerusalem is not for sale.””Israelis and their American and European supporters must realize that the troubles in the Holy Land will not go away until the Israeli occupation ends,” he said, adding that the occupation “must end to make peace, security, stability, prosperity, respect and trust possible again.”He said the U.S. administration could still reverse its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which led to worldwide condemnation.“The United States still has a chance to rescind its decision and accept East Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine. This is the only way that the peace process can be revitalized,” Kalın wrote.He called the decision “a slap in the face of the already fragile Middle East peace process and international diplomacy.”Although the Trump administration insists the step will facilitate dialogue between Israel and Palestine, said Kalın, “it remains unclear how disrespecting Jerusalem’s unique historic, religious and legal status can be seen as a step in the right direction. On the contrary, it has undermined whatever hope was left for peace.”Video: Erdoğan: If Jerusalem falls we will also lose the Kaaba’US plan can be declared dead already’Kalın said U.S. officials had been referring to a new plan to restart peace talks in the Middle East for several months.“Nothing has come to the surface yet. But if the Jerusalem decision is the first piece of this new peace initiative, it can be declared dead already. They must realize that Jerusalem is not real estate up for sale.”The Trump administration’s Jerusalem move represents a toxic mix of populism and unilateralism, according to Kalin, who added: “By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Trump has not just upended 70 years of U.S. foreign policy, but also violated a series of UN Security Council resolutions dating back to 1967.”He underlined that the world, including the pope and Christian churches and communities, stands in solidarity with “the Palestinian people on Jerusalem and the two-state solution.”“One of the good things that has come out of the misguided Trump decision is that while the Palestinian question has been left in oblivion since the start of the Arab spring movements and the rise of Daesh terrorism, the U.S. decision has put it back at the center of the global agenda again. This new momentum should now be utilized to find a fair and lasting peace.“Over the past several years, Palestinians have done more than their fair share to lay the groundwork for the peace process. Earlier this year, Hamas unveiled a new political document that accepted the formation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders and made an important distinction between the religion of Judaism and the Zionist project. In October, Palestinian political parties Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal to engage in negotiations as one. Yet again, they lack a true and serious counterpart on the Israeli side to move the process forward.”Galeri: Thousands attend funerals for 4 Palestinian martyrsHe said Israeli provocations to change the status quo of Haram al-Sharif or the al-Aqsa Mosque this summer had caused widespread clashes in the occupied territories and around the Muslim world, leading to the deaths of scores of people, adding that the new U.S. decision on Jerusalem “made things worse, not any better.”In response to these developments, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Dec. 13, bringing together over 30 heads of state and government. All 57 member states and half a dozen observer countries were represented. They unanimously recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state under Israeli occupation.On the OIC decision, Kalin wrote: “This historic decision has generated new momentum for the Palestinian cause and will have far-reaching repercussions.“As of today, 137 countries have recognized the state of Palestine, and the support continues to grow. This is an important development given the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people regardless of Israel’s moves and motivations for peace, or lack thereof.“This will be followed by a UN process to revoke the unilateral U.S. decision. The UN Security Council vote, which will certainly be vetoed by the U.S., is likely to be followed by a vote in the General Assembly. This is also good for universally recognizing the fundamental rights of the Palestinians.”Galeri: Israeli soldiers martyr disabled Palestinian demonstratorKalın argued the commitment “to preserve the religious and historical character of al-Quds [Jerusalem] and Haram al-Sharif and empower Palestinians in general and Jerusalemites in particular” was another significant outcome of the OIC’s Istanbul summit.“Several funds that have been established under the Islamic Development Bank and other OIC affiliate institutions will be strengthened to help the Palestinians,” he said.Video: Four Palestinians martyred and hundreds more wounded by Israeli troopsJerusalem was Muslims’ first qiblaKalın suggested that “those who in Christian-Zionist circles in the U.S. think that Jerusalem does not matter to Muslims should take a lesson in religious history.”“Jerusalem was Muslims’ first qibla and houses the third-holiest mosque in Islam,” he said.Kalın explained: “It is part of the Prophet Muhammad’s night journey and ascension to heaven. It has been part and parcel of Islam’s religious and cultural history since the second caliph, Umar al-Khattab, entered the city in 638 and recognized the rights of Christians and Jews. For the following four centuries, Jerusalem was ruled by Muslims and was shared by all the three Abrahamic religions until it fell during the crusades in 1099. When Salahaddin al-Ayyubi, known in the West as Saladin, recaptured Jerusalem in 1187, he did what Umar did centuries before him: he declared an ‘amanah’ (trust) for all members of faith and brought the chief rabbi of Jerusalem back to the city from Cyprus where he had been in exile because of the crusades. When the last Ottoman garrison left the ancient city in 1917 to the British, its modern troubles began in earnest.”He described the Israeli occupation police as the primary obstacle to peace and stability in the Middle East.“Israelis and their American and European supporters must realize that the troubles in the Holy Land will not go away until the Israeli occupation ends, and it is an occupation that must end to make peace, security, stability, prosperity, respect and trust possible again. The U.S.-Israeli ‘might makes right’ approach is self-defeating and the biggest threat to peace and security. Jerusalem is not up for trading in populism and unilateralism, and it is certainly not for sale for any price. If the Trump administration is serious about peace in the Middle East, it must urge Israel to end its decades-long policy of occupation, humiliation and dispossession, a policy that must be condemned and rejected as an affront to humanity in the 21st century.”PA says won’t accept any change on Jerusalem borderTurkish PM repeats support for Jerusalem in PalestineErdoğan: Muslims being targeted through blood, strife
Thousands attend funerals for 4 Palestinian martyrs
Thousands attended on Saturday the funerals of four Palestinians, who were martyred during clashes with Israeli forces a day earlier.Hundreds of mourners laid Mohamed Amin Akel, 22, to rest in the West Bank city of Hebron.Akel died of his wounds on Friday after he was shot multiple times by Israeli forces — after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier in the city.Basel Ibrahim was also buried in his hometown village of Anata in northern Jerusalem after he was martyred in clashes with Israeli forces in the village.In the Gaza Strip, thousands of mourners attended the funeral procession of two Palestinians shot dead during clashes with Israeli forces near border between Gaza and Israel.Video: Four Palestinians martyred and hundreds more wounded by Israeli troopsThe funeral was attended by Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh and a number of leaders of Palestinian factions in the strip.At least seven Palestinians have been martyred in clashes — and hundreds more injured — since U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The dramatic shift in U.S. policy has drawn a storm of condemnation and protest across the Arab and Muslim world.At a Tuesday summit convened in Istanbul, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation responded to the U.S. move by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — occupied by Israel since 1967– might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.Galeri: Israeli soldiers martyr disabled Palestinian demonstrator
PA says won’t accept any change on Jerusalem border
The Palestinian Authority (PA) said Saturday it will not accept any change on the 1967 border of East Jerusalem.A U.S. official said Friday that Washington expects that the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City will be part of Israel.This position “confirms once again that the current U.S. administration has become completely outside the peace process,” PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement cited by the official Wafa news agency.Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, triggering protests in the Palestinian territories and several Arab and Muslim countries.Video: Erdoğan: If Jerusalem falls we will also lose the KaabaThis U.S. policy “runs against international legitimacy and consolidates the occupation,” Abu Rudeina said.Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — now occupied by Israel — might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.Turkish PM repeats support for Jerusalem in PalestineJailed Palestinian child recalls detention, humiliationFour Palestinians martyred, scores hurt in Friday clashes
Turkish PM repeats support for Jerusalem in Palestine
Turkey’s prime minister on Saturday reiterated his support for Palestine in the wake of a Muslim bloc meeting in Istanbul this week recognizing East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital.“There is no country besides Turkey which has opened a mission for Palestine at the embassy level,” said Binali Yıldırım, addressing the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s 6th Ordinary Provincial Congresses in Artvin, in northeastern Turkey.Yıldırım said that Turkey’s consul in Jerusalem is actually acting as its ambassador to the Palestinian state.“It’s clear. Whether Israel accepts this or not, this reality will not change, our decision will not change,” Yıldırım added.“We have supported Palestine and Jerusalem on all international platforms and we will continue to do so,” he added.Galeri: Israeli soldiers martyr disabled Palestinian demonstratorTurkish PM to visit Bangladesh, Rohingya campsOn Dec. 6, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparking angry demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories and many Muslim countries.Rebuffing the move, an extraordinary Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul this week declared East Jerusalem to be Palestine’s capital.Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — now occupied by Israel — might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.Video: Erdoğan: If Jerusalem falls we will also lose the Kaaba
Erdoğan: Muslims being targeted through blood, strife
The Muslim world is the target of plots to reshape it to the benefit of others, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned Saturday.“Like a century ago, the Islamic world is facing efforts to reshape it through blood, tears, and strife between brothers,” Erdoğan said in Istanbul, at the 7th Hadith and Sira Studies Awards Ceremony.He called on people “to be prepared for attacks which try to bring down Muslims from within.”“When Muslims are at odds, the ones that benefit are terrorist groups, and countries like Israel that use state terror. We must stay united and not allow our differences to destroy our brotherhood,” he said.Video: Erdoğan: If Jerusalem falls we will also lose the KaabaErdoğan also reiterated his condemnation of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Following Trump’s announcement, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) this week issued a declaration recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state.Erdogan said the OIC move would create a multiplier effect, encouraging other nations to follow in its lead.Jailed Palestinian child recalls detention, humiliationUS sees E. Jerusalem’s Western Wall as part of IsraelFour Palestinians martyred, scores hurt in Friday clashesJerusalem ‘key to peace and war’: Al-Aqsa preacher’This land is ours’, last words of disabled PalestinianFrance ‘has no plan’ to move embassy to Jerusalem
Jailed Palestinian child recalls detention, humiliation
A Palestinian minor has recalled his detention and humiliation by Israeli soldiers during protests against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Fawzi al-Juneidi, 16, was detained in the West Bank city of Hebron last week and dragged away blindfolded by a dozen heavily armed Israeli soldiers.He has since been held in Israeli custody until a lawyer managed to meet him at the Ofter military prison.Lawyer Maamoun al-Hashim, quoting the child, said he was assaulted by dozen of soldiers, who kept hitting and insulting him while laying on the ground, according to a statement by the Palestinian Prisoners Society on Saturday.“I was tied up by plastic bandages and dragged away blindfolded,” the statement quoted the child as saying.Palestinian minors suffer ‘detention, abuse’ by IsraelPalestinian with Down syndrome abused by Israeli troopsTurkey invites uncle of jailed Palestine youth to rallyIsrael extends Palestinian boy’s detention periodHe said he was kept inside a dark room, where he was beaten. “I felt I was going to fall unconscious as a result of torture,” the child was quoted as saying.The Palestinian lawyer said Al-Juneidi had been interrogated while being handcuffed.“He has been denied access to his lawyer or family visits,” he said.Al-Juneidi’s remand in custody has been extended until Dec. 18.According to the Palestinian Prisoners Society, roughly 300 children continue to be held in detention facilities across Israel.Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has triggered a wave of protests in the Palestinian territories and several Arab and Muslim countries.Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — now occupied by Israel — might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.Galeri: Israeli soldiers crackdown on Palestinians protesting against Trump’s Jerusalem decision