Washington denounces Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his “antisemitic” comments on the Jewish state.
“The United States strongly condemns President Erdogan’s recent antisemitic comments regarding the Jewish people and finds them reprehensible,” the State Department says.
“We urge President Erdogan and other Turkish leaders to refrain from incendiary remarks, which could incite further violence. We call on Turkey to join the United States in working to end the conflict.
“Antisemitic language has no place anywhere. The United States is deeply committed to combatting antisemitism in all of its forms. We take seriously the violence that often accompanies antisemitism and the dangerous lies that undergird it. We must always counter lies with facts and answer crimes of hate with justice,” it adds.
Erdogan has accused Israel of “terrorism” against the Palestinians and recently said, “It is in their nature.”
“They are murderers, to the point that they kill children who are five or six years old. They only are satisfied by sucking their blood,” he said.
Erdogan on Monday said US President Joe Biden had “bloody hands” because of his support of Israel in the raging conflict in the Gaza Strip.
“Palestine territories are awash with persecution, suffering and blood, like many other territories that lost the peace with the end of the Ottomans. And you are supporting that,” Erdogan told Biden.
He also lashed out at Austria for flying the flag of Israel in a sign of solidarity with the Jewish state last week.
“I condemn Austria for hanging the Israeli terror state’s flag,” Erdogan said.
“The Austrian state seems to be trying to make Muslims pay the price for (its role) in the Holocaust.”