Turkish Parliamentary Speaker Cemil Cicek. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
(JNS.org) Israel on Thursday rebuttedÂ comments made Wednesday by Turkish Parliamentary Speaker Cemil Cicek to members of Turkey’s Jewish community at a Holocaust memorialÂ event. CicekÂ comparedÂ the atrocities of theÂ Holocaust to the death of PalestiniansÂ in the warÂ between Israel and Hamas in Gaza last summer.
“As we remember the pain of the past, no one can ignore the last attacks on Gaza, in which 2,000 innocent children, women were massacred,” Cicek said, Reuters reported. “We need to see the picture as a whole.”
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon saidÂ that Cicek “unjustly and harshly criticized [Israel] at a moment that is absolutely inappropriate.”
“Israel expresses its disappointment that a solemn event of an international nature dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust victims was misused in order to criticize Israeli policies,” he said.
Cicek’s comments are the latest in a recent series ofÂ harsh remarks aboutÂ Israel made by Turkish officials. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu saidÂ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has committedÂ “crimes against humanity” equivalent to the Islamist terror attacks inÂ Paris, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusedÂ Netanyahu of carrying out “state terrorism.”
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