Haneyya warmly welcomed by Erdogan in Istanbul

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    ISTANBUL, (PIC)-- The Palestinian Prime Minister of the Gaza government, Ismail Haneyya, arrived in Istanbul Sunday on the third leg of his tour where he received a warm welcome from the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The vicious onslaught that Jerusalem is being exposed to in terms of Judaization and expulsion of its indigenous population and ways to support Jerusalemites and protect holy places were discussed during the meeting of the two leaders.

    The rebuilding of the Gaza Strip was also discussed and Haneyya revealed after the meeting that there was a Turkish comprehensive plan for the development of the Gaza Strip.

    Taher al-Nunu, spokesman of the government in Gaza, said on Sunday evening that Erdogan stressed that Hamas was a legitimate liberation movement which was elected by the Palestinian people and the well of the Palestinian people must be respected. Erdogan also stressed that ending the siege on Gaza was one of the three conditions that Turkey put to mend relations with Israel.

    Hanryya's tour has so far taken him to Egypt and Sudan before he arrived in Istanbul.

    While in Turkey, he is expected to inspect the Mavi Marmara and visit families of the Turkish victims who were killed on board the vessel by the Israeli navy while on their way to deliver humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip.

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    Burak Bekdil, Hurryet Daily News [Turkey]: Hamas Are Terrorists

    Anyone who is mystified by [Turkish] Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s great quotes, like me, should remember well this one from earlier this year: “Calling [Hamas] terrorists would be disrespectful to the will of the Palestinian people.” I asked, at that time, “Which man of peace, unless from Jihad, would ally with an organization whose charter declares members to be Muslims who ‘fear God and raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors?"

    I know Messrs. Erdoğan and Davutoğlu are not convinced that Hamas is a terrorist organization even though Hamas’ charter vows to annihilate a legitimate state – Israel. I know they did not link Hamas with terrorism when their darling Khaled Mashaal described the 10,000 rockets Hamas sent to Israeli territory as “modest, homemade rockets,” one of which in 2004 killed 4-year-old Afik Zahavi

    I know Messrs. Erdoğan and Davutoğlu simply shrugged off the U.N.-sponsored Goldstone report, which stated: “[Hamas’s activities] constitute a deliberate attack against the civilian population. These actions would constitute war crimes and may amount to crimes against humanity ... The rocket and mortar attacks launched by armed Palestinian groups have caused terror.”

    Forget all of that. Not even the Hamas statement over the killing of Osama bin Laden tainted Mr. Erdoğan’s love for Hamas: “Hamas condemns the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior, Osama bin Laden” (whose skilful operatives had once bombed Istanbul, killing mostly Muslim Turks). Last year, in this column, I wrote: “When combined into one compact idea, the picture is telling us that ... The Turkish government views as a great friend, an entity [Hamas], which views the boss of Istanbul’s bombers as a holy warrior.” Bizarre? Maybe.

    How does Mr. Erdoğan really justify that Hamas is not a terrorist entity but a political party like his own when it trades a foreign soldier for terror convicts?

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    You never did provide any proof that Hamas is a terrorist organization.
     
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    US State Department: Terrorist Designation of HAMAS Operative Muhammad Hisham Muhammad Isma'il Abu Ghazala
    European Union: Council Common Position on the application of specific measures to combat terrorism.

    Terrorist Groups: Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad

     
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    Does an occupation fall into either one of those categories?
     
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