Erdoğan: Israel is harming Jerusalem’s Islamic character

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has intervened in the continuing crisis surrounding the Jerusalem holy sites by accusing Israel of undermining the city’s “Islamic character”, in comments likely to further inflame regional tensions.

The comments by Erdoğan, which came as Muslim leaders called on Palestinians to continue prayers and protests in the city, triggered an immediate tit-for-tat with Israeli officials, who said the accusation was “absurd” and pointed to Turkey’s own human rights record.

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  • The Butterfly

    Does anyone know what happened to the Greek character of Constantinople?

    • Alain

      What also happened to the Christian character and the cathedrals and churches? Oh, yes they were turned into invented Muslim holy sites and mosques.

  • tom_billesley

    Without racks for their AK47 and RPG accoutrements, it won’t have that authentic Islamic character.

  • Millie_Woods

    Wherever Islam goes it ruins the character. It will eventually take over the west as we’re too divided to stop it. Thank you women, thank you ‘liberals’, thank you queers, thank you politicians, thank you acedemia….

  • Cat-astrophe

    Yea, and the moon is made of cheese.

  • marty_p

    Interesting how everyone has conveniently forgotten the Turkish occupation of Northern Cyprus.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I hear rumors that Israel is providing covert military aid to the Kurds.