Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara would push for Israel to be tried at an international criminal court if it continues its deadly aggression against the Gaza Strip. “If Israel continues with this attitude, it will definitely be tried at international courts,” Erdogan, said in a Thursday (24th July) address in the southern port city of Mersin, adding, “We will see this happen and Turkey will struggle for this.” He also said in an interview with the CNN news channel that Israel does not want to stop its attacks on Gaza and “is spitting death, spitting blood.”
“It is beyond comprehension that Israel is still defended by the West and the world is silent about it. Therefore we cannot remain silent and we will not be silent,” the Turkish premier added. Israel has been carrying out military strikes against Gazans since July 8. Around 810 people have been killed in the attacks so far, with the UN saying most of the casualties are civilians.
Mr. Erdogan is the first state leader who says this clearly and deserves support. When at least 1000 has signed a copy of this petition will be delivered to the Turkish Embassy in Oslo, Norway.
The top UN human rights official said 31st July she believed Israel was deliberately defying international law in its military offensive in Gaza and that world powers should hold it accountable for possible war crimes. Israel has attacked homes, schools, hospitals, Gaza’s only power plant and UN premises in apparent violation of the Geneva Conventions according to Navi Pillay UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.