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Lutfu Turkkan, Turkish legislator, introduced legislation into Turkish parliament to label Israel a terrorist state

Lütfü Türkkan, a Turkish deputy from the Nationalist Movement Party(MHP), introduced on Monday a bill to the Parliament of Turkey which proposes recognizing Israel as “a terrorist state.”

Turkkan told the Turkish parliament that Israel was conceived in terror, in 1948, that Israel’s “attack” on the “humanitarian” ship the Mavi Marmara constituted terrorism and that Israel’s actions in this past summer’s war with Gaza were also acts of terrorism.


The far rightist legislator said that Israel deliberately targets civilians and that the reason the Arab-Israel conflict has not yet been resolved is because of Israel’s “terrorist actions” against Palestinian Arabs.

Türkkan gave a brief summary for why Israel should be branded a “terrorist state”:

Israel has intentionally targeted civilians in Gaza, killing mostly women and children. Most recently, on 7 July 2014, Israel launched a military operation in the Gaza Strip by air and sea, on 17 July, the operation was expanded to an Israeli ground invasion. The number of causalities has been increasing because of continued attacks. The State of Israel aimed killing children, senior citizens, and women living in Gaza; when this is taken into consideration, Israel’s crimes meet the definition ‘terrorism’.  It has become an undeniable fact that Turkey should recognize Israel as a terrorist state.

Türkkan’s MHP, or Nationalist Action party, is far right. It is currently the second largest opposition party in the Parliament of Turkey.

Turkish political commentator and social media expert Nehir Demirt explained to The Jewish Press that Turkkan’s bill is unlikely to ever become law. This is so despite Turkish President Recep Tayyip’s Erdogan’s rabid hatred for Israel, evidenced by his support for Hamas.

According to Korkut, who is a native of Turkey currently residing in Germany, Erdogan will not throw his large majority party, the AKP, behind Türkkan’s bill. This is because both party leaders are too egocentric to do anything to boost the other.

Korkut explained further that despite Erdogan’s strongly anti-Israel statements and sentiments, he is in favor of the strong trade agreement between Israel and Turkey, which was signed in 1995. Finally, as Korkut pointed out, if Erdogan wanted Turkey to name Israel a terrorist state, he would have introduced such legislation himself. Its introduction by a leader of another party virtually guaranteed that the proposed legislation will never become law.

Türkann’s bill is officially named “The Legislative proposal for the recognition of Israel as a terrorist state by Turkey.


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  1. Listen are you guys all upset and constipated because Thursday its a Turkey Day here in America and we didnt invite you. Well goble goble. Be careful picking on GD’s chosen children. The consequences of your actions may not end well for you.

  2. Turkey is a loser country which cannot cope with unemployment, rejection of its foreign policy and a failure in all of its initiatives. As with the Nazis it has embraced an anti Semitic position to try to cover over its failures.

  3. Turkey is guilt of murdering 3.5 million people in 20th century.
    Erdogan doesn't want people to know.
    Look at this pic detailing Turkey's crimes in the 20th century.

  4. I guess Turkey wasn't happy in just 4 Rabbi's being massacred by Palestinian terrorists.
    Turkey continues to show the same genocidal mindset that led to 1.5 million Armenians being murdered by Turkey in WW1.
    According to Palestinian sources, Turkey and Qatar are involved in helping Hamas to carry out more massacres in Jerusalem.
    Nov 21, 2014

    Israeli security forces busted a major Hamas terror cell aimed specifically at carrying out terror attacks in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, Palestinian Arab sources said Friday.

    The terror cell is closely related to the crackdown by the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) and police over the summer, which saw 93 Hamas terrorists arrested for an alleged coup being planned against the Palestinian Authority (PA), sources told Walla! News.

    The sources added that the targets were specifically against “settlers” – referring to Jewish civilians in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem – and IDF soldiers. Several terror attacks in the past couple of weeks have been prevented as part of the ISA bust.

    The cell included several Hamas terrorists already sitting in Israeli prisons on terror charges, they said, similar to other terror cells busted over the past year.

    The man behind the plot is Saleh al-Arouri, Hamas’s most senior operative in Turkey, where since 2010 he has set up the headquarters for Hamas’s “military wing,” the Al-Qassam Brigades, while in exile – working alongside other Hamas terrorists, including several released as part of the 2011 Gilad Shalit deal.

    Al-Arouri’s role in plotting terrorist atrocities hit headlines during the summer, when it was revealed that he had personally ordered the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers. The abduction and murder of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Sha’ar and Eyal Yifrah was a major factor in triggering the current escalation in violence.

    The sources said that the terror network has included Hamas sympathizers from both Turkey and Qatar, which has enabled Hamas not only to enact terror against Israelis, but also against the PA.

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