Members of Turkey’s Jewish community gather at Etz Ahayim Synagogue to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Istanbul January 27, 2013. Just a guess here, but I suspect moving it to Ankara cut down on the numbers attending.
Israel accused Turkey’s parliamentary speaker Jan. 28 of “misusing” a Holocaust commemoration to criticize Israeli policy, the latest exchange in a bitter row between the former allies.
Turkish Parliamentary Speaker Cemil Çicek late on Jan. 27 addressed members of Turkey’s tiny Jewish community and others at a Holocaust Memorial Day event and said rising anti-Semitism was linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Commemorating the tragedies of the past, particularly the Holocaust, does not mean the killings of more than 2,000 children and women by Israeli security forces would be ignored, Turkey’s Parliamentary Speaker Cemil Çiçek said late Jan. 27 at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day held in the Turkish capital of Ankara for the first time.
“In these very days while we commemorate the pains of the past, nobody can ignore the massacring of more than 2,000 children and women during the last Gaza attack. Therefore, I want to express that we should seek a holistic settlement to the problem if we are to find a solution to the problem by looking at the greater picture,” Çiçek said.
Emmanuel Nahshon, spokesman at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, told Reuters that Çicek “unjustly and harshly criticized [Israel] at a moment that is absolutely inappropriate”…
Never miss an opportunity to criticize Israel — that’s Erdogan & Co’s #1 rule. His real interests are Islam, Islam and Islam. The mere existence of non-Islamic states is an affront.