Turkish President calls for “liberation of Jerusalem”

Erdoğan calls for “liberation of Jerusalem” before millions; IHH hold march in Istanbul

Erdoğan  (EPA)

Erdoğan (EPA)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called for the “liberation of Jerusalem” Monday in a speech celebrating 562 years since the Turks captured Constantinople.

Speaking before millions and just one week before parliamentary elections, Erdoğan stated “Conquest is Mecca, conquest is Saladin, it’s to hoist the Islamic flag over Jerusalem again; conquest is the heritage of Mehmed II and conquest means forcing Turkey back on its feet.”

During his speech, the IHH (an Islamic organization) held a march in Istanbul calling for the “liberation of Jerusalem” marking the fifth anniversary since the Maramara flotilla when 9 Turkish activists were killed when the IDF raided the illegal ship attempted to enter the Gaza Strip.

Erdoğan’s remarks come just a few days after Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu stated that “All those who claim that Jerusalem is the Jew’s holy city should be ashamed. We chose the name Saladin in order to send a message with the help of Allah that Jerusalem will always belong to the Kurds, to Turkey, to Arabs, to Muslims” and that Jerusalem is a “symbol that unites us.”

In 2013, Erdoğan called Zionism a “crime against humanity”, comparing Zionism to anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and fascism.