In 2004, Turkey denounced Israeli assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, as a "terrorist act". It also described the Israeli policy in the Gaza Strip as "state-sponsored terrorism." ...Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Israel to halt its military operations in Gaza and described Israel's actions as a "crime against humanity." [These are same Turks who have no problem bombing Kurds into oblivion].
At the 2009 World Economic Forum in Davos, the Turkish prime minister stormed off the stage after a heated exchange with Israeli president Shimon Peres.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan clashed with Shimon Peres, whose voice had risen as he made an impassioned defence of Israel's actions, jabbing his finger. Mr Erdogan said Mr Peres had spoken so loudly to conceal his "guilt".
Turkish Prime Minister had made an address himself, describing Gaza as an "open-air prison". When the audience applauded Mr Peres, he said: "I find it very sad that people applaud what you said. You killed people. And I think that it is very wrong."
Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy noted that shortly after the Davos incident, Erdogan hosted the Vice President of Sudan, who is being indicted for his role in the Darfur genocide. Cagaptay brings up this fact to note that Erdogan's action at Davos were less about humanitarian concern than they are about what Cagaptay calls a "civilizational view."
P.S. After I had finished writing my post, I discovered that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to stand still and instead continued his accelerating descent into complete madness. It's only a matter of time before this clown becomes Hugo Chavez or Muamar Qaddafi. This imbecile is hosting Organization for Islamic Conference (OIC). Dictator of Sudan, murderous Omar al-Bashir is welcome in Turkey in spite of the fact that he is charged with genocide in Darfur (hello, liberal activists for Darfur - whass up, comrade Clooney!). Erdogan dismissed the claims that al-Bashir is a murderer (500,000 people exterminated - and no one blinked an eye) - by simply stating that accusations are absurd. The conscience of Turkey and fighter for civil liberty explained it thus: "It’s not possible for a Muslim to commit genocide. That’s why we are comfortable [with the visit of al-Bashir].”In case anyone was wondering about Erdogan's position, he added:
If there was such a thing [genocide], we could talk about it face to face with President Bashir.
Those world leaders who criticize us, have they ever visited Darfur? Their information is solely based on what the rapporteurs are reporting. These kinds of moves will not contribute to world peace.
We are aware of the fact that there are those who want to corner Turkey through al-Bashir’s visit. These people should know well our sensitivities about human rights violations. I went to Darfur myself. I want to ask: How many of these worlds leaders paid a visit to Sudan, to Darfur?
According to the article, "Erdogan went on to suggest that the Jews of Israel are the only genocidal group in the Middle East. The Turkish Premier has very publicly accused Israel of widespread war crimes and even genocidal intentions in the Gaza Strip and other Palestinian-controlled areas, severely straining relations between the two nations, which were previously regional allies."
Erdogan also added:
Gaza and Darfur should not be confused with each other. Fifteen-hundred people were killed in Gaza. If there was something like this in Darfur, we would follow that to the end as well.I have no doubt he would - just as he followed to the end the Armenian genocide perpetuated by the Turkish Islamists a century ago. Ahm - bad example though, since Turkish official position is that the murder of a million Armenian civilians was a mere misunderstanding and anyone mentioning it is guilty of "insulting Turkishness" - a criminal offense in freedom loving Turkey.
In case someone is wondering what kind of animal is this "Turkishness" and what can be construed of an insult to it - here is the official explanation:
1.A person who publicly denigrates Turkishness, the Republic or the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, shall be punishable by imprisonment of between six months and three years.Not surprisingly, Obama's State Department sent a strongly-worded response to the hosting of a genocidal maniac by the promoter of civil liberties Edrogan: "It was really up to the government of Turkey whether to allow the indicted president to attend a meeting of the OIC. Kelly [U.S. State Department spokesman] also said Washington’s purpose was not to criticize Turkey but that it would expect Turkey to raise “Darfur issues” if it holds meetings with al-Bashir." I wonder why the State Department cannot imagine criticizing Turkey - is there some kind of Turkish mafia in control of Washington DC, stronger than evil Zionists and AIPAC put together? And if so - why haven't we heard about it?
2.A person who publicly denigrates the Government of the Republic of Turkey, the judicial institutions of the State, the military or security organizations shall be punishable by imprisonment of between six months and two years.
3.In cases where denigration of Turkishness is committed by a Turkish citizen in another country the punishment shall be increased by one third.
4.Expressions of thought intended to criticize shall not constitute a crime.