Gaza Strip: Turkey PM Says Israel Surpasses Nazi Barbarism

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister (PM) of Turkey, has compared what Israel has done in the Gaza Strip with Hitler and the barbarism of Hitler’s Nazis. Speaking before supporters in Ordu on the Black Sea, Erdogan blasphemed his education by being consciously inaccurate and vile when he said “ … their barbarism has surpassed even Hitler’s.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking by phone with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, reportedly blasted Erdogan’s “anti-Semitic” remarks, saying they desecrated the Holocaust. During World War II the Nazis, led by the ascended demon named Adolf Hitler, murdered an estimated 6 million Jews, as well as millions of Russians, homosexuals, Gypsies and Poles.

In the current foray into the Gaza Strip, Israelis have killed approximately 1,200 Palestinians. To be clear, Hitler and his army of hypnotized worshippers not only killed millions of people but murdered them, meaning that lives were terminated and family lines severed on purpose. Anyone not consumed with their own anti-Semitism understands the distinction

Many Arab civilians have died in the Gaza Strip. At the least, Israel has made attempts to avoid this by warning civilians ahead of its bombing strikes with the use of dummy bombs, text messages and telephone calls. (Perhaps it is true, as has been reported, that the human shields Hamas puts in harm’s way are not allowed freedom of movement, thus generously contributing to the death toll.) Even the United States and Commander-In-Chief President Obama do less than this when U.S. drones kill terrorists in far off lands. Like so many guerrilla armies before it, Hamas fighters hide amongst the people it purports to protect and represent.

Again, yes, the deaths in the Gaza Strip have been undeniable and horrific. But by no means is what has, and is happening, there a Holocaust. What it is, most unfortunately, is a moment for anti-Semites to express their hatred. Logic is pushed aside as bigotry converts to delirium and then inevitably inflates in magnitude. Again: 1,200 killed compared with 6 million-plus murdered.

It is troubling and ironic that Erdogan, the PM of Turkey (of all places) has said out loud that Israel has surpassed Nazi barbarism. His remarks deny yet again the genocide his own country committed against 1.5 million Armenians during and after World War I. At least Germany, as sick and twisted as its own episode was, is conscious and aware of its own nightmare and has apologized for it on the global stage. Erdogan’s words, however, are simply absurd.

The anti-Israeli argument, that its attacks in the Gaza Strip have lacked proportionality, is illogical. By its actions and words, Hamas has shown that it would not have stopped shooting rockets (now over 2,000) at Israel (the country it continues to say has no right to exist) if it would have pulled back on its bombing campaign. Also, Hamas would certainly not have destroyed its own tunnels had Israel retreated at any time since the war began July 8.

Israel is not at all perfect and much of the world has grown impatient with it. Its unfettered colonization of the West Bank has angered many. Yet, again, the question of proportionality arises. Over the approximately 1,300 days since civil war broke out in Syria, anywhere from 115,000 to 171,000 people have perished. On any one of those days Europeans could have likewise protested the horrors the Syrian government has liberally imposed on its fellow Syrians. After all, throughout these three and one-half years Syria has continued to gas its own people, bomb the living daylights out of them and torture tens of thousands. Europeans and others have remained silent throughout.

Not unlike the Nazis, the Syrian government has diligently recorded its own atrocities with photographs, etc. This is where comparisons to Hitler should be focused. Nevertheless, Erdogan and others irresponsibly flap their gums, fanning the flames of millenia-old hatreds against Jews.

In the area of the world they share, Turkey and Israel are rare democracies. As such, Turkey continues to have before it the opportunity to build another vibrant, thriving society. But comments such as those from its PM, that Israel surpasses the Nazis in its barbarism, cynically and sadly plays to the lowest common denominator and keeps the country from fulling participating in its own, surely glorious potential.

Opinion by Gregory Baskin

NY Daily News
The Independent

78 Responses to "Gaza Strip: Turkey PM Says Israel Surpasses Nazi Barbarism"

  1. Quandra Jones   September 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    KF, your comment is complete hogwash, to use a polite word. Gaza must be the only place in history where a “supposed genocide” leads to one of the highest population growth rates in the world — 13th to be exact. There is no doubt that the cowardice of Hamas leaders led to the suffering of their people. Launching thousands of missiles from densely populated areas — schools, apartment buildings — is the heinous crime that some Western media outlets seem conveniently to forget. It’s clear that Hamas leaders couldn’t care less about their innocents. Or else they’d come out of their hiding places. Now, if Gazans were to elect a peaceful de-militarized government, the blockade would quickly be a distant memory. Electing hateful leaders who want to reverse the last 70 years and kill every Jewish child and mother in Israel and elsewhere is not going to end this conflict anytime soon.

    • Richard Clowes   September 8, 2014 at 12:32 am

      “Now, if Gazans were to elect a peaceful de-militarized government” To be fair this should happen only after Israel did the same.

  2. KF   August 11, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Israel has ignore the sufferings of the people of Gaza. Worst, they had increase it. They the Gazans are similiar to the Jews in the sense that their role is now similiar – to be an inferior people. When the Nazi kill all those Jews, it seem to me as if that barbarism has been transfered now making theJews the barbarians. It sicken me…

  3. Irwin Graulich   August 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Whoever brings me Erdogan’s right eyeball will get dinner for two in the best restaurant in Manhattan.

  4. anonymous   August 1, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Hi am truly hurt by Gaza. During WWII the Nazis were not given full attention to until the USA military defeated the Japanese. But in this case, the whole world is watching and someone needs to do something about. These terrorist groups are really not even Islamic, because YOU NEED TO HAVE PEACE AND LOVE OTHERS. In Islam one of the top rules is not to hurt anyone no matter who the are, and if necessary help them. James Fenex, YOU ARE CLEARLY SEEING THE PICTURE WRONG!!!! MUSLIMS DO NOT CARE WHAT RACE, GENDER, OR SKIN TONE, TRUE MUSLIMS BELEIVE IN PEACE AND NO FIGHTING.

  5. Susan   August 1, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Abusers use psychological tactics to transfer their guilt to the person they are abusing, the victim. The idea of Israel being compared to Hitler is a lie and the lowest blow possible. One of the major reasons that Israel is now a nation is that one third of their total world population suffered unimainable horrors and death in the Nazi concentration camps. Jews needed their own homeland after suffering under the greatest shame to the civilized world – the Holocaust. What else are anti Semites going to come up with? The first lie was that the Holocaust never happened and now I guess it’s convenient to believe it did happen, and may just be useful information to compare Israel with Nazi Germany. Shame on the abusers who want to transfer the unspeakable horrors of Nazi Germay back on those who suffered so much. I say, that those who speak such things are themselves abusive and/or perhaps, just maybe, they have no understanding of what happened in the Nazi war camps.? But if those who do speak know these things, then I believe there can be no excuse or tolerance of their hateful speech and tactics of psyhological abuse. Never again.

    • nranepura   August 1, 2014 at 4:28 am

      While I agree comparing Israel to Hitler was a low (uncalled for) blow. What I can’t wrap my head around is, the Israeli people has had such a violent past, how are they capable of killing other human beings after going through what they did?

  6. collideronline   July 31, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I’m not Muslim but I’ve heard that it’s a belief that to kill one man is to kill all mankind. If so then his reasoning and comments would be valid for even one person “killed” or “murdered” deliberately. Perhaps someone who is Muslim could she more light on this than me.

    • AA   August 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      “The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.”

  7. Robdammit   July 31, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Wow, so telling in his wording. When he refers to Palestinian deaths, they’re killed. When he refers to Jewish deaths, they’re murdered. That sums up their mentality right there.

  8. James Fenex   July 31, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    So that means you do want to kill the Christians too. How many have you killed already?

  9. Gregory Baskin   July 31, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Hamas sermon one week ago reinvigorates the call for the total extermination of all Jews. VIDEO:

  10. anonymous   July 31, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    It’s funny how everyone is against gaza. There are innocent people being killed there as well by Israel. And yet you people only talk against Muslims. ?

  11. Spy Master   July 31, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    It might be interesting to note this recorded historic fact…..During World War II, Muslims were recruited into Nazi Germany’s S.S. The S.S. were directly responsible for the extermination of the Jewish people at that time under Reinhard Tristam Eugen Heydrich. It seems NOTHING has changed. I have photographic proof of this atrocity. Finally, we all know that Israeli civilians, men, women and children, have been killed over the decades by Islamic Extremists, Terrorist Groups and other factions. Yet nothing is said. Why?

  12. Sarah Reed   July 31, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    He’s just upset that the Nazi’s didn’t finish the job; he’s one of the biggest anti-Semites out there.

  13. jose d. martinez   July 31, 2014 at 9:31 am

    what a nut. does he think that his spouting off is going to stop hamas from shooting their rockets ? he makes a lot of noise, but it seems his own country is in flames also.this war is not going to stop. never. so get over it. the Israelis could care less about world opinion,they are at war with hamas.till they stop or are destroyed,war is the way of life for these people.

  14. James Fenex   July 31, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Dear sirs:
    When I was in Gaza I saw two people being dragged threw the streets behind pickup trucks until they were dead. The crowd was cheering and jumping up & down. I cried. A man standing next to me said those two people, a man and a woman, were hated Christians. I’m a 69 year old disabled Christian. Please don’t kill me.
    Your friend,

    • larocquecnda   July 31, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      That what the Klu Klux Klan used to do to Afro Americans in the name of Christianity.

      And I doubt you have ever been to Gaza unless you were an Israeli invader sent in to thump the Palestinians.

  15. James Fenex   July 31, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Dear sirs:
    When I was in Gaza I saw two people being dragged threw the streets behind pickup trucks until they were dead. The crowd was cheering and jumping up & down. I just cried.
    The man standing next to me said those two people, a man and a woman, were hated Christians. If you killed all the jews would you be satisfied or would you have to kill the rest of the Christians as well? I’m a 69 year old Christian. Please don’t kill me.
    Your friend,

  16. Realist   July 31, 2014 at 7:07 am

    It is widely known that the actual number of Jews killed during the Holocaust was less than 2.5 million, and there were more Russians killed than Jews, and you don’t here Russians complaining.

    The ‘human shield’ talking-point has been refuted and proven a lie. The only group using human shields are the IDF when they take over residential buildings and snipe innocent women and children from the rooftops.

  17. Anthony Aloysious   July 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

    The UN view of the Palestinian Territories can be seen at
    the following URL:
    * The West Bank and East Jerusalem is occupied Palestine (bilaterally recognised by 133 nations in the world including India, China, Russia, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, Guatemala, Thailand and Iceland). This number has increased since 2013.
    * Palestine is officially a non-member State and recognised by the UN. 138 nations supported Palestine in November 2012 in its successful bid for statehood. France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Greece, Cyprus and Malta were among many European nations to support Palestine. Their vote for Palestine was important as were those cast by India, China, Russia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand who supported Palestine too. The Secretary General of the UN and Vatican Church wel-comed the re-birth of Palestine.
    * However, Palestine (West Bank and East Jerusalem) is still illegally held and sadly Israel’s Prime Minister Mr Netanyahu has ignored the ruling of the International Court of Justice (subsequently supported by the UN and EU) with respect to the “separation barrier”. This “wall” is 3 times the length of the Berlin Wall.
    * UNESCO’s recognition of Palestine in 2011 was supported by France, Spain, Ire-land, Belgium, Norway, Greece and other European nations.
    * Please also see UNSC Resolution 478 concerning Jerusalem. The 4th Geneva Convention is applicable to all the Palestinian Territories.
    * International law and UN Resolutions (over which there are over 150) are ignored by Israel’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.
    * UN Resolutions specify Israel’s illegal hold of the Palestinian Territories to be a vio-lation of the 4th Geneva Convention and as such is a War Crime under international law. More so now, that settlements are being placed in another nation.
    *** UN Security Council Resolution 478 (1980) of 20 August
    1980 – BINDING
    The Security Council, recalling its resolution 476 (1980);
    reaffirming again that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible;
    deeply concerned over the enactment of a “basic law” in the Israeli
    Knesset proclaiming a change in the character and status of the Holy City of
    Jerusalem, with its implications for peace and security; noting that Israel has
    not complied with resolution 476 (1980); reaffirming its determination to
    examine practical ways and means, in accordance with the relevant provisions of
    the Charter of the United Nations, to secure the full implementation of its
    resolution 476 (1980), in the event of non-compliance by Israel ; Censures in
    the strongest terms the enactment by Israel of the “basic law” on
    Jerusalem and the refusal to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions;

  18. Shakeel   July 31, 2014 at 6:40 am

    As antisemitism is condenmable, similarly, the killing of one innocent person is condenmeable. By repeating the history of Holocaust won’t decrease the burden of atrocity Israel doing in Gaza. Its a modern Muslim holocaust, indeed humans holocaust.

  19. Billy   July 31, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Tell us again how Turkish women shouldn’t be heard laughing in public…sounds like a real fun place. I didnt hear the rest of what was said…Turkey sounds 100 years behind the times if a deputy prime minister would say such a thing,and nobody bats an eye.Who cares what they think.

  20. James Fenex   July 31, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Dear sirs:
    Everybody e-mail Hamas and tell them to stop the rockets. The war would end today. Do it now. Instead of doing the thing you know will stop the suffering of thousands of people you talk about the Nazis who killed millions of people. Is it possible you are obsessed with killing? Kill, kill, kill. Please think of a way to stop this blood letting without taking the lives of any more people.
    Your friend,

    • aronnok   July 31, 2014 at 9:08 am

      You are stupid. How much harm did Hamas’s rockets caused? And it’s not a war, its just systematic killing of Palestinians by Israeli forces. They use the pretext of rocket-firing to kill innocent civilians so that they can steal their lands.

  21. Barnett Frankel   July 31, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Regardless of who started it and when, conflict between Jews and Muslims, Arabs and Israelis, or whatever you choose to delineate sides has been going on for centuries. According to Hamas, only one thing will stop the war; the complete destruction of Israel and the deaths of all the Jews (yeah, the Hamas leadership has said that).

    Hamas, and before them the PLO have bombed buses, planes, and homes in Israel, killing anyone who was in the way (my father and I were in Jerusalem and watched our bus pull away from the bus stop and blow up about 1/4 mile down the road. I was 17 and grateful to be alive.).

    As bad as it is today, the comparison of Israel to the Nazi’s is uncalled for and unfounded. The Nazi’s killed 6 million Jews and 5 million people of other ethnicity in the concentration camps. That’d be 11 million people marched into gas chambers, machine-gunned in the back, used as target practice and as living surgical experiments.

    For all the comments that have been made, before you start making comparisons, check you history. You shame all of humanity and do nothing to promote the cause of peace.

    Israel has asked for nothing that would cost the Palestinian movement anything: stop killing us and we’ll stop killing you.

    For the record, the fighting this time started because 4 teenagers were killed. 3 Jewish teens were murdered and Hamas gave out candy to children in Gaza and did nothing to bring the murderers to justice. 1 Arab teen was killed and the Israeli police arrested a number of suspects and will be prosecuting them. That was the atrocity, and which side was the worse for it.

  22. Peter Girard   July 31, 2014 at 5:42 am

    The people of Gaza are occupied in a racist apartheid system, and innocent children are being slaughtered. Hospitals, UN Schools and infrastructure as basic as water and power are being destroyed. Those who resist this are called terrorists, just a Nelson Mandela was. Israel has lost it’s soul, its morality and it’s right to exist. Hamas is the ONLY protection those people have. Let the people of Israel reclaim their humanity by rejecting the terrorism of heartless Zionist murderers.

  23. Asif   July 31, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Israel is doing holocaust in Gaza and defender of this does not have moral right to compare this crime with else if some one is doing wrong can we bring justice for bad deed. Being a human we wants peace and prosperity in the world but Israiel and USA don’t wants
    Shame for defender of Israel we condemn bad acts did by any one but its fact that Israiel is doing wrong and repeating the history. Shame for so called UNO and USA

  24. Human soul   July 31, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I too agree that Bani Israel is committing war crimes by killing innocent children and innocent civilians using US supplied Weapons. It is sham for US to supply weapons against Innocent defense less people. I strongly condemn and every human being irrespective of religion caste or creed should condemn the same. This barbarism of Bani Israil has disclosed their in human Character and also disclosed the the So called Supreme Power of US and its Jewish Allies in the world by killing innocent children and women.

  25. dotroy   July 30, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    RichardC – would you please tell me about what Syria is doing and what actions would be taken ? How many people are being killed there right now

    • RichardC   July 31, 2014 at 3:54 am

      The story was about Turkey’s prime minister calling Israel’s action in Gaza worse than the actions of Nazi Germany. Syria involves a fight between two factions of the same religion. With Israel the US is supplying weapons, with Syria it is the Russians. With Israel it is the Israelis who are occupiers and oppressors, in Syria it was a civil war but ISIS has also invaded Iraq. In both conflicts civilians are being murdered.

  26. RichardC   July 30, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    I agree that Israel is committing war crimes against defenceless civilians and therefore the NAZI tag is well deserved. Arabs could, if they wished to descend to the level of Jews, target Jews throughout the world (soft targets), but obviously choose not to. The world should take decisive action against Israel by imposing a blockade to stop the weapons flowing from the US, prevent Israelis from travelling and ban all financial dealings with Israel. Becuase world government refuse to act responsibly it is up to people everywhere to refuse to purchase goods from Israel and refuse to sell goods to Israel. Nothing hurts a Jew more than an attack on his pocket.

    • Seán   July 31, 2014 at 3:40 am

      The most damage every sane individual can do is to Boycott all goods and services that have even the slightest connection with Israel. The Israeli government only listens to its pocket and its bank balance. The same policy could apply to the US to open its eyes to the horrors its support of Israel has brought to the Palestine region.

  27. Greg   July 30, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Go to Wikipedia, search Jewish Ghetto Poland and copy the first paragraph into your word processor. Search and replace the word Jewish for Palestinian. Sure the dates don’t match up but there is very little difference in the way Paelstinians in Gaza are treated by Israel minus the “final solution”. Do you wonder how we let things get so bad in 1939? Today we have Ayelet Shaked, Moshe Feiglin and Gilad Sharon all calling for their own version of the gas chambers. If 95% of Israelis currently believe what their government is doing in their name is right then there is your answer. What is happening today is an affront to the memories of those who had hoped the world would never again go down that path again.

  28. Sick&Tired   July 30, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Man bump you unsympathetic bastards…women and children are dying and you fools act as though it’s an after thought. Inhuman cowards.

  29. Raj   July 30, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Hamas should take the responsibility 1) they did not accept the cease fire 2) They fired from near the school deliberately for creating any Israel sentiments. Foolish media is falling pry to such propaganda. Hamas will be encouraged to fire more from civilian places due to this media coverage. International media should expose Hamas tactics … rather than criticizing Israel…for the sake of children.

  30. James Fenex   July 30, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Everyone who has the ear of Hamas, tell them to stop firing rockets into Israel. Don’t equivocate. Say it as many times as you have to. The war would stop. At least, Israel attempts to save the Palestinians while Hamas just uses them as human shields. If you don’t do this then you don’t care about those poor people either. You really don’t care do you?

    • Saurabh Patil   July 30, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      Everyone who has the ear of Israel, tell them to return the occupied territories to Palestine and let there be an independent Palestinian country. The war would stop, the Hamas won’t have to fire outdated weapons into Israel to force it to return the land it illegally occupies, Israel won’t have to retaliate thus and thus there won’t be a war.

  31. Larry Bird (@bird_cv)   July 30, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Dennis Davis – Enough with the Israeli propaganda. No body buys your pathetic excuses to enjoy your hobby of slaughtering children anymore. Those who you accuse of being determined to exterminate you from earth have skilled 53 terrorist IDF soldiers and only 3 civilians. On the other hand, the terrorist state of Israel killed over 1300 Palestinians 85% OF WHICH ARE CIVILIANS. The world now has enough reasons to believe that the terrorist state of Israel is actually determined to exterminate Palestinians from earth and not the other way around.

  32. Dennis Davis   July 30, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    What, Exactly, would The Turkey do to protect his Citizens from a Diabolical Enemy that’s determined to EXTERMINATE them from the Earth?

  33. Katy Smith   July 30, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Listen to the subhuman violent murdering rapist Muslims monsters cry.

  34. Calico   July 30, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    To the author: thanks for being an island of sanity amidst a rising tide of reactionary rhetoric and willful ignorance.

    Hamas is the group that loves dead Palestinians. Hamas gleefully tallies them, day by day, knowing it will earn them more and more pity among the civilized peoples of the world. They are cynical in the extreme… and so far, it’s working for them.

    • Calico   July 30, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Perhaps I’ve lapsed into reactionary talk myself. I do recognize that Israel is killing civilians; I just also recognize that there is much, much more to the story.

  35. Joe Smith   July 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    14 million Civilians died in Heinrich Himmler’s concentration camps? Why does the West only focus on the 6.5 million Jews that died in the camps? Do instill that in the Western Propaganda version of world war 2? What about the 18 Million Soviet Union Civilians that died at the hands fo the axis invasion, that eventually led to the Nazi’s demise? The West, and World War 2. You never know what fictional story you’re going to get next.

  36. Islamic Renaissance   July 30, 2014 at 5:34 pm

  37. George   July 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    The young Turks in charge of the Armenian genocide were Jews. Hitler’s grandfather was a Jew. The Jews in America resist acknowledgment of the Armenian genocide by Congress because the Holocaust is used to their advantage. The Ukrainian genocide was carried out by Russian Jews of the Cheka the precursor to the KGB. Joshua advocated genocide in the Torah.

  38. ballan   July 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Israel will surely seize to exist the way they are going just a matter of time – we can understand why jewish people have been expelled from wherever they go

  39. Proud Jew   July 30, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    How come Hamas is only targeting Israel? Egypt also has a blockade on Gaza. Open the boarder and Hamas will kill all the Jews like Hitler tried. Per BS its all about the blockade. Hamas is a terrorist group and they all need to be disarmed or killed. Maybe Turkey wants them open your arms you Turkeys!

  40. Teo   July 30, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Go IDF! murder them all. it seems the international opinion is with you

  41. Will   July 30, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Israel is killing 1300 innocents civilians and Palestinians killed 55 soldiers !!! so here, you can understand the difference between the two culture.

  42. John Johnstine   July 30, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Gaza is the largest concentration camp in the world. How is it possible to contain so many persons in such a small space?

  43. sam c   July 30, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Go Israel the majority is with you.

  44. Anti-Genocide   July 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    What is the body count in children and babies? Israel is killing real people in a pit. Israel’s long term strategy is to keep the Palestinians exactly where they are, they see them as a subspecies. Why can’t Americans see the dead babies?
    Judaism is not Israel and their religion does not support murder of children.

    • EVS   July 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Anit-Genocide. You are a moron. Palenstines are killing their own people by using them as shields after firing rockets into Israel. If this was happening in any other country, there would be the same response. MORON

      • Will   July 30, 2014 at 4:09 pm

        That would happen only with Israel, because they afraid to touch the ground.

  45. d   July 30, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    nazis are responsible for 60 million deaths israel 1,300

  46. Daniel Scott   July 30, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    What do schools do when their is a fire in the building? Call the fire department and evacuate the building. What does the UN do when there are rockets stored in their schools in Gaza? Call Hamas and continue to harbor children in a dangerous building. Once a school is dangerous it is no longer a school and the responsibility of the childrens safety is with the UN for not evacuating the school once they know the school was housing war materiel and or housing combatants. Keeping a school open under those circumstances was/is criminal and that falls on the UN.

    • RG   July 30, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Unfortunately the school was the only safe place, relative to the fighting, shelling, and bombing going on around it. Besides, rockets were NOT kept in that building. All reports indicate Hamas was firing mortars next to it. The Israelis responded by shelling the school. Where do children go when their entire country (32×7 miles) is one war zone? To Israel? To Egypt? The answer is they go to a designated UN building, which the UN repeatedly (15 times) told the IDF was a safe house for children. Keeping that building open was the least dangerous option.

  47. John Beckman   July 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I stand corrected it was the “Armenian Genocide ” and since WWII the Kurdish killing fields that the Turks have prosecuted.

  48. John Beckman   July 30, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Its all very interesting as the Germans learnt how to build concentration camps and run death camps from the Turks, after their treatment of Kurds following WWI. All very ironic.
    But it is typical political statements from the anti Jewish element.

    • David   July 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      And Israelis learned how to build concentration camps and the largest open prison (Gaza) from the Germans. The irony

      • RG   July 30, 2014 at 6:03 pm

        Gaza most resembles the Warsaw Ghetto, more than anything else. THAT is ironic.

  49. Unborn P   July 30, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Only Erdogan has the balls to tell the truth like it is… Your opinion news does not alter the truth

  50. Anonymous   July 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Its a war zone, US declared to stop flights, however, with the help of pimps ( Lobbyists) they even dismissed John Kerry,

    Now they have struck a power plant, sure no one is going to forget this

  51. Embrace   July 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    What does he know about Nazi barbarism? Israel is not maintaining death camps. Yes women and children have died. But TRUTH is, motor has actually been prove as being stored in civilian houses. Hamas tells the civilian population to stay when Israel even goes as far as calling the houses and asking them to evacuate. Civilian deaths in this case has been purely collateral. From previous news articles Turkey has been pledging funds to Hamas. Nice try PM. Try again elsewhere!

    • Tmos   July 30, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Yeah so Israel tells people to evacuate and where do you suppose they should go? The next place that will be bombed? They can’t go to Egypt as refugees because Egypt has blocked the border and Israel will definitely not accept them. Telling them to evacuate to somewhere is the same as doing nothing when the people have no where to go. Even school and hospitals are targets.

  52. nick young   July 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    In some ways, what the Israelis are doing is worse. The next 25 years will sadly prove this….

    questions to challenge the media machine that paints Israel as the victim….

    If these are in fact tunnels to “launch a 9/11 style attack,” then why are there dozens of them? Wouldn’t that blow their cover tactically? One, two, or three at most would support an infiltration, no? Clearly they have been in operation for years if there are “dozens of them” (they weren’t built in the last year or even two years). So why haven’t the Palestinians used them to kill civilians by now-as the Israeli’s claim they are intended for?

    If Israel is only going after these tunnels along the border, why are children dying in schools, parks, beaches, and even hospitals from Israeli bombs?

    Why does IDF target factories, power plants, TV stations, and radio stations?

    Hamas is using “human shields” in Gaza and forcing Israel to kill scores of women and children. If those humans were Jewish would IDF target as carelessly? Somehow I don’t think so. So are they really even human shields? You follow?

    Netenyahu says this is about peace and securing safety for Israel. But more IDF soldiers have been killed in this invasion of Gaza than in all the Arab rocket attacks on Israel since its founding.

    Don’t trust the US and israeli media. ALL LIES.

  53. Jay Fenex   July 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Nice try turkey boy

  54. isaac oh   July 30, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Not by a far cry, this is not genocide just consequences of terrorists forcing civilians to be human shields. But even if Nazi barbarism has been exceeded, Turkish barbarism in the Armenian Genocide has not! Erdogan is laughable, credibility destroyed by vitriol; analogy can be drawn to Abbas’ PhD dissertation denying holocaust. How can a Holocaust denier and an Armenian Genocide denier be considered credible. Rather both are obscene.

  55. Alex The Great   July 30, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, how right you are ! I salute you for your courage !

  56. Trial Error   July 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Canada is behind Israel as much as the US. As is Egypt by the way. Not to mention many other countries silently. That said, I agree with the jist of this commentary. Some comments above are just not worth responding to.

  57. Daniel   July 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Considering Turkey’s official position on the genocide committed against the Armenians to this day remains “la-la-la, never happened, la-la-la”…I call into question Erdogans ablility to properly recognize a genocide at all. Making his opinions and narrative of world events mean LESS THAN NOTHING to me. See how that works?

  58. Fishel   July 30, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Turkish prime minister also just forbade women to laugh in public… This guy doesn’t understand humanitarianism

  59. alex torkaman   July 30, 2014 at 8:38 am

    “At the least, Israel has made attempts to avoid this by warning civilians ahead of its bombing strikes with the use of dummy bombs, text messages and telephone calls.”
    some one should tell this lost sole that, when you have no place to go, warning is no good. it only tell you that you are going to die in five minutes, that is a lots of humanity Thank you.

  60. Promenade Press   July 30, 2014 at 7:55 am

    It does not really matter if this is an accurate comparison; you are simply diverting the conversation from the real meaning of his statement. Turkey and Israel used to be strong trade partners and in some way approaching a form of ally. That changed with the killings during the Gaza Blockage incident. The significant thing to noitce is that now Turkey is voicing the same issue as Iran. The point is that It Israel is out of friends in the region and non-aligned world. The point is that the USA is continually isolated in their support for Israel. The point is that Israel will have to mobilized another 30,000 soldiers as an occupation force in Gaza. The BRIC nations–Brazil-have made similar comments. Israel is not isolated in the world with one supporter the USA and maybe UK.

  61. Ralf   July 30, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Knowing the background of the leaders of Israel …Russians Germans and Polish …all the suffering they went thru …that s the only behavior they know : KILL CHILDREN Family innocent people … grow up see what happen to your parents is pity and awful what they teaching these kids in Gaza ….one day they will behave like them ….??????

  62. Daniel Muldowney   July 30, 2014 at 7:27 am

    when you lock men, women and children in a prison then decide to kill them there is only one leader that reminds me of and that is Hitler. I did’nt notice anything that was a threat to Israel on the beach where 4 children were bombed and killed. All of you people that support this and come out with pathetic excuses to justify it make me sick – i dont know how you sleep at night.


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