Citing the Turkish government’s ongoing military approach to the Kurdish issue and previous insincerity towards Palestinians, Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Equality and Democracy Party (HEDEP) co-chair Tülay Hatimoğulları and MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu have confronted President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s assertion that Turkey could serve as a guarantor for “the Palestinian side” amid the ongoing conflict with Israel.
🔴 KURDISH OPPOSITION CRITICISES TURKISH GOVERNMENT’S STANCE ON ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
Citing the Turkish government’s ongoing military approach to the Kurdish issue and previous insincerity towards Palestinians, Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Equality and Democracy Party… https://t.co/id7WxRNjmM
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President Erdoğan, addressing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Parliamentary Group in October, proposed Turkey’s readiness to support the Palestinian cause with a “humanitarian, political, and military presence”, urging nations to engage with a peace initiative.
However, Hatimoğulları, in a recent party meeting, questioned the government’s record on conflict resolution, “What peace have you endeavoured to secure? None!” she stated, highlighting the unresolved Kurdish issue in Turkey and the government’s disregard for peace advocates.
Gergerlioğlu accused the Turkish government of insincerity, and of playing to the gallery, in its apparent support for Palestinians. He recalled the 2008 Gaza massacre, detailing efforts by the Association for the Oppressed (Mazlum Der) to prove Israel’s use of phosphorus bombs and criticised Turkey’s lack of action on the evidence. Gergerlioğlu also pointed to the government’s lack of action on the fatal Mavi Marmara 2010 incident, in which Israel raided humanitarian aid ships attempting to break the blockade to Gaza.