Turkey’s Erdogan accuses the West of ‘barbarism’ and Islamophobia within the conflict in Gaza

ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a speech on human rights Saturday to accuse the West of “barbarism” for its stance on the Israel-Hamas conflict and what he alleged was its toleration of Islamophobia.

Israel has carried out atrocities and massacres that will shame the whole of humanity,” Erdogan informed a packed corridor in Istanbul the day earlier than the seventy fifth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“All the values relating to humanity are being murdered in Gaza. In the face of such brutality, international institutions and human rights organizations are not taking any concrete steps to prevent such violations,” the Turkish chief stated.

The human rights declaration, proclaimed by the U.N. General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948, enshrines a normal for human rights and freedoms for all folks.

Referring to Friday’s U.S. veto of a United Nations decision calling for a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, Erdogan stated a fairer world was doable “but not with America because the USA stands with Israel. … From now on, humanity won’t think the USA supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

Turkey’s human rights document throughout Erdogan’s 20 years in energy has come beneath frequent criticism over the focusing on of presidency critics and political opponents, the undermining of judicial independence and the weakening of democratic establishments.

Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention on stopping and violence in opposition to girls and has did not implement European Court of Human Rights judgments.

On Saturday, the president outlined Islamophobia and xenophobia, which he stated “engulf Western societies like poison ivy,” as the best threats to human rights.

He informed the cheering viewers that the one worth “the West holds on to is its barbarism. We have seen this example of the West’s barbarism in all those unfortunate events that they either supported or perpetrated.”

Erdogan cited the 2019 assault on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, by which a gunman killed 51 folks, as an Islamophobic assault that was “legitimized” and “even encouraged” by the West.

“According to their understanding, non-Westerners don’t have the right to enjoy those universal human rights … they overlook Islamophobic attacks and they show the twisted perception and mentality of the West,” he stated.

In October, Erdogan informed a large protest crowd in Istanbul that his authorities was getting ready to declare Israel a “war criminal” because of its actions within the Gaza Strip. The Israeli authorities stated in response that it could reassess its diplomatic relations with Turkey.

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