Violent clashes over Jerusalem escalated dramatically on 11th May with Gaza health officials saying at least 20 people, including nine children, were killed by Israeli airstrikes launched after Palestinian militant groups fired rockets close to Jerusalem.
In these circumstances, Turkey shows its full support to Palestine. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a “terror state” after Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque. Speaking at an event in Istanbul, Erdogan called on all Muslim countries and the international community to take “effective” steps against Israel, adding that those who remain silent were “a party to the cruelty there.” The violence in Jerusalem was “an attack on all Muslims and the protecting the honor of Jerusalem is a duty for every Muslim”.
Thousands of people gathered outside the Israeli embassy in Ankara and its consulate in Istanbul to protest Israeli actions against Palestinians while President Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Middle East leaders about the rising violence.
Despite a full lockdown aimed at curbing coronavirus cases, the protesters in Istanbul, including Syrians and Palestinians, carried Palestinian flags while chanting, “Down with Israel, down with America.”
Erdogan spoke by phone with King Abdullah of Jordan, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, as well as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu discussed the issue with his counterparts in Iran, Algeria, Pakistan, and Russia.
According to a statement from his office, Erdogan told King Abdullah that the “inhumane” attacks against Palestinians were aimed at all Muslims, adding that Turkey and Jordan needed to work together to stop them.
Diplomatic sources also confirmed that Turkey will intensify diplomacy for Palestine with members of the OIC, will bring Israeli attacks to the table in the United Nations Security Council meeting, and hold meetings with world leaders and members of the United Nations Security Council.
Erdogan Tweeted that
We strongly condemn Israel’s heinous attacks against our first qibla, which are unfortunately being carried out every Ramadan. As Turkey, we will continue to stand by our Palestinian brothers and sisters in all circumstances.