As Turkey’s operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Qandil Mountains region of Iraqi Kurdistan have been continuing (ever since they commenced on 23 April), various criticisms have been levelled by different groups regarding the political position of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). The KDP has not been opposing Turkey’s military operations and has, according to numerous accounts, been coordinating initiatives with Turkey.
Kurdish artists living in Aleppo have appealed to the KDP and asked it to not be allied with Turkey but to work instead towards the unity of the Kurds. Fatime Ebdo, one of the artists, said: “We, as Kurdish artists, do not accept this situation and condemn it. These attacks will not serve the Kurds. On the contrary, they will serve the Kurdish enemies.”
Another artist, Ehmedê Xanî, stated that it seemed that the KDP was actually acting according to Turkey’s orders. He further added: “Afrin and Tell Abyad are there to see. Don’t make different alliances anymore. It is my appeal to the Kurdish people in all parts of Kurdistan. Take care of yourself, the resistance and your children.
“It is also my call to Kurdish artists that they should work for Kurdish unity. The day is the day of honour and honour.”
Ehmed Resho, another artist, stated that Turkey has been fighting against the Kurdish people since the day it was founded, and he drew attention to national unity among the Kurds. “In particular, I draw attention to the risks of fratricide (birakuji), which is intended for Başûrê (Iraqi) Kurdistan,” he said.