Turkish PM urges Islamic world to defy attacks on Jerusalem

Erdogan urged Islamic world and Muslims would defy all attacks, threats and dark scenarios against Jerusalem.

Turkish PM urges Islamic world to defy attacks on Jerusalem

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that those who tried to destroy Jerusalem would never be able to destroy the brotherhood and solidarity there, and Islamic world and Muslims would defy all attacks, threats and dark scenarios against Jerusalem.

Speaking at the second extraordinary meeting of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)-member states (PUOICM) in Istanbul, Erdogan hoped that the meeting would yield beneficial results for the world and Middle East peace.

Erdogan recalled that OIC was founded after an inhumane attack on Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem in 1969. Noting that the minbar in Masjid al-Aqsa was destroyed in the attack, Erdogan said that it was replaced in 2007 after Turkish craftsmen rebuilt it. He added that those, who attempted to destroy Jerusalem, would only destroy the Middle East; they were not able to destroy the brotherhood and solidarity there.

Erdogan said that Jerusalem was common heritage of all humanity and holy place of over two billion Muslims. He added that Jerusalem was a holy place for Christians and Jewish people too.

He noted that Islamophobia was dangerous for world peace as much as antisemitism and racism were.

Erdogan said that Palestinian state should rapidly be established within 1967 borders, adding that all parties and actors should focus on a solution for this target.

He said that Turkey had always supported efforts for Middle East peace process as well as initiatives to find permanent solution to Israel-Palestinian issue.

Erdogan said that they wanted to end not only the threats against Jerusalem but also the inhumane condition in Gaza. He added that Turkish non-governmental organizations were still in difficulty to reach Gaza.

He said that while the tragedy was continuing in Gaza, it would be too optimistic to think that peace process would be concluded positively in Middle East.


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