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Turkey’s prime minister has sought to reassure the country’s Jewish community, saying they are under his protection, Anatolia news agency reported.
 
Two American-Jewish men approached Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday while he was attending the Rio 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to ask him "to protect" Jewish people living in Turkey.
 
"Under my leadership, the Jewish community in Turkey is safe," Erdoğan said. "They are under my protection. We see [Jewish people] as brothers."
 
The American-Jewish men then asked the prime minister what he thought about the people of Israel.
 
"We have no problem with the Israeli people," Erdoğan said. "Our problem is the aggressive behavior of the Israeli government. We have to find solutions to problems in the Middle East. The Israelis have to treat the Palestinians better."

June/22/2012

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Dan Dan

6/23/2012 8:16:35 AM

@TheAnatolian - interesting. When a committee is formed in consent with the Turkish and the Israeli governments, but its decisions are not in full favor of Turkey it becomes unreliable, I wonder what was your position in case the report was totally in favor of the Turkish position. About UNHRC - I am sure that those who suffer from suppression in Iran, Arab countries, Darfur etc will be happy to know that this organization is too busy to help them because it dedicates its work only to Israel.

Blue Beyond

6/22/2012 11:08:33 PM

Selim, concentration camp? West Bank Arabs have the highest longevity rates, literacy rates, infant survival rates, in the Arab world. It's even higher for Arabs within Israel, of course, but West Bank Arabs benefit from their status under Israel's lawful jurisdiction.

ivan mezei

6/22/2012 10:57:37 PM

Jews are treated well by Muslim countries as long as it suits them. In 1948 all of a sudden ALLl jews in Muslim lands became zionists-and either chased out or under threat to their lives and property ran away. We jews are fully aware of how safe it is to be in a Muslim land. BTW that goes for other religions too.Ask thecopts inEgypt xians in Turkey,S.A., Lebanon etc. Its a short jump from being accused of being a jew and being accused of being a zionist.

Mark Tak

6/22/2012 10:49:56 PM

This is non Sense ,Turkish Jews are not in denger in Turkey that needs protection, ,an other Jewish Hype of ppor me pity me feel sorry for me protect me, it is getting old and tiresome,,when wilk the Jews learn not to play Victim role and stand straigt World is tired of hearing this Poor me Pity me Give me, BS, and this PALMER Report that Israle is hiding behind is presured report BY USA big daddy of ISRAEL

Rimon Tree

6/22/2012 9:46:12 PM

It is really interesting what an incredible amounts of commonplaces and prejudices are displayed here by people who obviously have not got any idea what they are talking about, except defending the famous "Turkish pride"!

Chas Spencer

6/22/2012 8:33:36 PM

@dan-dan, that palmer-shmalmer report did't it say Israeli forces used excessive force, meaning caused death? In any case, my military training thought me that any engagement at Sea, has to be preceeded by "NOTAM" i,e, Note to all Mariners of impending hostilities! There is no Record of such action as there was none in the attack on USNS Liberty that resulted in 173 casualties, included 37 Deaths, in 1967. By the looks of things, Israeli forces hold themselves above Law or international Norms!

Thracian Anatolian

6/22/2012 7:07:51 PM

Here is your report: "The loss of life and injuries resulting from the use of force by Israeli forces during the take-over of the Mavi Marmara was unacceptable. Nine passengers were killed and many others seriously wounded by Israeli forces. No satisfactory explanation has been provided to the Panel by Israel for any of the nine deaths. Forensic evidence showing that most of the deceased were shot multiple times, including in the back, or at close range has not been adequately accounted for"

Thracian Anatolian

6/22/2012 7:04:19 PM

@dan dan: The Palmer report is not a reliable document. If you look at the overall legal assessments you see that an overwhelming of them rejects the conclusions of the Palmer report. In fact, a panel of five independent UN human rights experts reporting to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) also rejected the conclusions of the Palmer report. You also ignore that the report establishes that IDF used excessive force and that some civilians were shot in the back & multiple times

Dan Dan

6/22/2012 6:26:23 PM

TheAnatolian - Read at the Palmer Report, pp 45: "The fundamental principle of the freedom of navigation on the high seas is subject to only certain limited exceptions under international law. Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups in Gaza. The naval blockade was imposed as a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law".

Thracian Anatolian

6/22/2012 5:31:21 PM

@mara mcglothin It does not matter a bit what Israel says, countries do not have sovereignty rights on international waters. Had Israel attacked the ship once the ship was in Israeli territorial waters, over which Israel is free to exercise her sovereignty, then you could have made the defense you made. Perhaps you'd like to tell us what kind of a threat a ship full of civilians can pose to Israel's existence, now that would be a more convincing line of argument, wouldn't it?
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