Israel At War: Hamas not terrorist organization — Turkish President
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has declared that the Palestinian militant group Hamas is not a terrorist organisation.
Erdogan said that Hamas is a liberation group fighting to protect Palestinian lands and their people.
NATO member Turkey condemned the civilian deaths caused by Hamas’ Oct. 7 rampage in southern Israel but also urged Israeli forces to act with restraint.
The Turkish president’s statement is a controversial one, as Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by many countries, including the United States, Israel, and the European Union.
However, Erdogan’s stance is not surprising given Turkey’s close ties with Hamas and its vocal support for the Palestinian cause. It’s important to understand the historical and political context behind this statement.
Erdogan made the proclamation while addressing lawmakers from his ruling AK Party.
“Hamas is not a terrorist organisation; it is a liberation group, Mujahideen, waging a battle to protect its lands and people,” he stated..
Erdogan’s use of the word “Mujahideen” is significant, as it has a connotation of holy war or “jihad” in Arabic.
By using this term, Erdogan is framing Hamas as a group that is engaged in a noble and religious cause.
This is likely to resonate with many in Turkey, a majority-Muslim country, and may also appeal to supporters of Hamas and the Palestinian cause around the world.
Matteo Salvini, the Deputy Prime Minister of Italy, condemned Erdogan’s comments as “grave and disgusting.” He called for the Italian foreign minister to formally protest with Ankara, indicating that Turkey’s relationship with other countries may be damaged by Erdogan’s statements.
It’s clear that Erdogan’s comments have caused a great deal of controversy and upset among international leaders.
Meanwhile the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been criticized for his failure to specifically condemn the terrorist attack against the Israelis.
Many believe that by not taking a strong stance, he is failing to address the root causes of violence and taking a weak approach to diplomacy.
On October 7, 2022, Guterres stated in a UN Security Council meeting: “There is no justification for terror, just as there can be no justification for the killing of civilians. Rockets targeting civilians, in Israel or in Palestine, are unacceptable. They are unacceptable.
There is no justification whatsoever for killing civilians, and each and every civilian death is one too many.
I am alarmed by the violence in Gaza. I am deeply saddened by the deaths of two Israeli children.
Guterres should have specifically condemned the terrorist attack as a first step towards calling for peace. This could have signaled to the Israelis that their concerns are being heard and addressed, which might have helped to de-escalate the situation.
Meanwhile the Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid criticized Guterres’ comments as “unacceptable” and “unfair.” He said that the UN Secretary-General was “failing in his role as a leader who is supposed to stand up for peace and condemn terrorism.”
Lapid’s response highlights the frustrations of the Israeli government, and the need for Guterres to take a stronger stance against terrorism.
The israeli foreign Minister also played on the floor of the UN general assembly a phone recording which revealed the cold-hearted nature of the terrorist attack.
In it, the Hamas terrorist could be heard laughing and boasting about the number of Israelis he had killed. The callousness of the recording highlights the depravity of terrorism, and the need to take a strong stance against it.
The recording has sparked a wave of anger and outrage, and is likely to have a significant impact on public opinion.