Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Israel accuses Turkish prime minister of anti-semitism

For daring to critcise Israel's policy of blockade and war the Turkish prime minister Erdogan has been accused of anti-semitism in a report partially leaked to Haaretz.
"He does this by repeating motifs in his speeches of describing the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza and blaming Israel of committing war crimes, going as far as using anti-Semitic expressions and incitement,
No example of this supposed anti-semitic language is cited.
The Washington Post quotes the Turkish foreign minister rejecting the accusation:
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu rejected the charge. "To criticize Israel is not anti-Semitism," he told independent NTV television. "Criticism of Israel's policies should not be given other meanings." He called on Israel to lift its blockade of Gaza.
This latest spat between Israel and Turkey is bound to further sour relations but Israel seems to be taking the calculated risk of losing it's only Muslim ally of any weight.

Israel tourists visiting Turkey has crashed by 45% over the past year alone in yet another sign of the faltering relationship.

Israel's habit of confusing opposition to zionism and the oppression of the Palestinian population with anti-semitism convinces fewer and fewer people and is a sign of its desperation and isolation.

And just to show that it isn't picking on Turkey, Israel is also accusing the United Nations of being anti-semitic because of the Goldstone report.