Speaking on Wednesday before a United Nation’s Vienna forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated, “Like Zionism, Anti-Semtism and Facism – Islamophobia is crime against humanity”.
Addressing the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations conference in Vienna this week, Erdogan complained of prejudices against Muslims. He said Islamophobia should be considered a crime against humanity “just like Zionism, like anti-Semitism and like fascism.”
Prime Minister Erdogan’s lashing out at Zionism, seems to be a retaliation against Israeli raid on a Turkish aid ship in international waters, considered extremely brutal constituting a Criminal act in international waters.
Added to this Israel’s ill-treatment of Palestine people who’s land was taken by force to form Israeli state too has been reason for much anger against Israel even in US, as it is across the world.
Turkey and Israel were once important allies but relations have deteriorated sharply after an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship in 2010 which killed nine pro-Palestinian activists.
Turkey has been asking Israel to repent and make amends with an appropriate compensation since the attack, which Israel has resolutely refused apart from insulting Turkey diplomatically and through a variety of subversive measures.
Turkey silently watching the activities of Israel has – it would seem – decided enough is enough and has begun to lambast Israel on International Platform.
Already Israel has lost a lot in terms of strategic alliance in the Gulf and now with its ongoing conflict with Iran to influence the Middle east with a ‘nuclear monopoly’ and a changed world opinion that already is considering ‘Zionism’ as stated by the Turkish Prime Minister, it is little wonder Israel is heading fast towards a politically destructive path, too fast.
Turkey is a co-sponsor, along with Spain, of the U.N initiative to promote tolerance and understanding between various religions.
Erdogan, whose ruling party has roots in Turkey’s Islamic movement, frequently criticizes Israeli actions against Palestinians but rarely speaks out against Zionism.
In November, he accused Israel of state terrorism and of an “attempt at ethnic cleansing,” a euphemism that describes using violence to force a population to flee an area.