14 November 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has highlighted the importance of considering the centrality of Palestine beyond a simple political lens.

“No force or threat can dissuade our country from its activities to protect and defend the rights of Palestine and Jerusalem,” Erdogan said at a meeting with Turkish and Islamic organizations in New York on the sidelines of the annual United Nations’ General Assembly.

Erdogan emphasized that the issue of Jerusalem is not just about Palestinians, but about “touching the dignity of 1.7 billion Muslims in the world.”

Erdogan has recurrently been vocal about the cause of Masjid al-Aqsa.

In November 2016, he urged “all Muslims” to defend Jerusalem from Israel and stand for the Palestinian cause.

“It is the common duty of all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem,” he declared.

In May 2017, Erdogan accused Israel of “racist and discriminatory” policies against Arabs and discussed the need to “protect Jerusalem against attempts of Judaization.”

ADAPTED FROM: Jewish Press