Turkey often feels alone regarding the situation in Jerusalem and Palestine, but will not stop defending the Palestinian people and their national cause, President Recep Erdogan has vowed.
“The situation in Palestine and Jerusalem is deteriorating and some Arab countries are encouraging Israeli violations. I feel like Turkey is alone on this, but we will continue to stand with the oppressed,” Erdogan told a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Monday
He noted that Israel’s attitude, which does not recognize rights, law, justice and humanity, constantly deepens the crisis in the region against Muslims.
“We are aware that one of the reasons behind the terrorist attacks and economic sabotages we have been exposed to in recent years is our principled stance,” he said, adding that Turkey would continue to stand in solidarity with the oppressed and never stop defending the rights of the Palestinians.
Erdogan also underlined that the imperialist approach of divide, disintegrate and rule continues in Islamic countries saying: “Muslims, who make up about one-fourth of the world’s population today, do not have, unfortunately, the political influence or the economic, social or cultural strength.”
“The better we protect children, women, elderly and disabled against western threats, the more we protect our family structure,” he said.
The Turkish president added that “isolated” Islamic countries are wasting their opportunities and energies.
Erdogan stressed that it was impossible to get somewhere by simply complaining or talking, stressing the need to think carefully, analyze and produce solutions to the causes of oppression felt by Muslims today.
“It is our responsibility, as Muslims, to take Islamic civilization to its rightful place,” he said.