Erdogan described the status of Jerusalem “red line” for Muslims

Erdogan described the status of Jerusalem “red line” for Muslims

ANKARA, may 19 — RIA Novosti. The status of Jerusalem is a “red line” for the Islamic world, said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the results of the extraordinary summit of the organization of Islamic cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul.


The protest began in Gaza on Monday amid the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel and moving the U.S. Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israeli soldiers were shooting to kill protesters. The clashes killed dozens of Palestinians.

Earlier, Erdogan called Israel’s actions in Gaza genocide. He announced in Turkey three days of mourning for those killed in the Gaza strip and the decision to withdraw for consultations, Turkish ambassadors in the United States and Israel. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Turkey invited the Israeli Ambassador to leave the country.

“Today we held a highly significant meeting, in terms of support for the Palestinians and message to Israel. In our solution, stressed that Jerusalem is our “red line”. We do not recognize the United States ‘ decision to transfer the Embassy, the American policy further provoke Israel. The US punished the Palestinians and Israel, which violates international law, was awarded,” said Erdogan at a press conference. The broadcast was led by the TV channel NTV.

He noted that former U.S. President George W. Bush in the same way as Donald trump, were Republicans, but support of both States — Israel and Palestine. “See what we now can see the difference,” said the Turkish leader.

“We called for the investigation of crimes of Israel in Gaza. The creation of an international Committee for investigation. Israel must answer for their crimes. Call on all countries to formally recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine,” added Erdogan.

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