Turkey's PM says deadly Israel offensive Gaza's 9/11

The Turkish prime minister associated on Friday the agonies of 9/11 attacks with the agonies of Gaza.

Turkey's PM says deadly Israel offensive Gaza's 9/11

The Turkish prime minister associated on Friday the agonies of 9/11 attacks with the agonies of Gaza.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan considered agonies felt after 9/11, London, Madrid and Istanbul attacks as similar to the agonies in Gaza, Anadolu news agency reported.

Israel now faces UN war crimes report that particularly details Israel's alleged war crimes during the Gaza offensive.

"We feel sorry about those who lost their lives in Gaza as how we have felt sorry for those who lost their lives in the Twin Towers, London and Madrid subway stations, and twin attacks in Istanbul," Erdogan told the Third Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Therefore, Turkey was trying to hear the voices of children in Gaza, he said.

Israel killed nearly 1500 Palestinians, a third of them children and wounded more than 5000 Palestinians in the 22-day military aggression in December 2008 on Gaza.

The attack was condemned around the world, particularly by Turkey, whose Erdogan had said that "Allah would punish Israel over its crimes and called for Israel to be banned from the United Nations since it has never complied its repeated resolutions over the treatments of Palestinians in occupied territories.

Premier Erdogan said global peace and justice could not be ensured in a world that did not try to hear that voice.

Erdogan said it was wrong and dangerous to judge or label an entire group, belief, religion or civilization from historical predujices and by taking into consideration a few bad examples.

"It is as wrong to impose his/her values or living styles to others as to ignore sensitivities of others," he said.

Erdogan said Islam and terrorism were so opposite that they could not be used together, and the inhumane attacks in New York, Madrid, London and Istanbul were attacks against not only those cities but also against Islam and Muslims.

"As how a western enmity and anti-Semitism is wrong, associating Islam with terrorism and Islamophobia are that much wrong," he said.

Erdogan called on the world to find solutions to urgent problems in the world, counter poverty, cooperate against all kinds of terrorism, and purify the world from nuclear weapons.

"Let's work for a world of solidarity, not a world of tension and clashes," he said.

Erdogan also said he hoped the Third Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations would create new cooperation opportunities.

The Alliance of Civilization (AoC) was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations (UN).

A High-level Group of experts was formed by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to explore the roots of polarization between societies and cultures today, and to recommend a practical programme of action to address this issue. The Report of the High-level Group provided analysis and put forward practical recommendations that form the basis for the implementation plan of the Alliance of Civilizations.

On 26 April 2007, former President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, was appointed as the High Representative for the AoC by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to lead the implementation phase of the Alliance.

The AoC Secretariat, which is based in New York, works in partnership with States, international and regional organizations, civil society groups, foundations, and the private sector to mobilize concerted efforts to promote cross-cultural relations among diverse nations and communities.


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