Friday, February 1, 2008

Turkey can do more to help the Palestinians

Analysis by Khalid Amayreh in occupied E. Jerusalem

Contributed by Lucia in Spain

".....As to what Turkey can and should do to help her Palestinian brothers, Ankara can always utilize its connections with the West, especially the United States, to make sure that Israel put an end to its war crimes against an unprotected people whose only crime is its enduring determination to survive in spite of Zionism and in spite of history.

At the practical level, Turkey should maintain a permanent representative in Gaza City to monitor Israeli crimes as they happen. Turkey shouldn’t trust the Zionist-controlled or Zionist-inspired media to communicate the plight of the Palestinians to more than 70 million Turks who love and care about Palestine.

Moreover, Turkey should take a more pro-active role in humanitarian efforts in Gaza, and if possible in the West Bank as well, since meeting the humanitarian needs of the starved and impoverished Palestinians would enhance their ability to withstand Israeli oppression and predispose them to recovering their rights from Zionism’s covetous hands.

But the most important step Turkey should do is to make it abundantly clear to the terrorist Zionist state that Turkey would no longer play deaf and dumb and look the other way if Israel continues to perpetrate such crimes as penning-in and starving millions of innocent civilians for political reasons."

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