Turkey has denounced Zionist regime’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his “blatant racism” against Arab Israelis after the rightist premier said the Occupied Territories only belong to the Jewish people and not all citizens.
According to Press TV, recently, Rotem Sela, a popular Israeli TV host and actress, took to Instagram to criticize anti-Arab comments by Culture Minister Miri Regev, an outspoken Netanyahu loyalist.
Netanyahu fired back by referring to a controversial law adopted last year that declares the Occupied Territories exclusively “the nation-state of the Jewish people.”
“Israel is not a state of all its citizens,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “According to the basic nationality law we passed, Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people – and only it.”
The Israeli prime minister also suggested on his online Likud TV webcast that Arab citizens had more affiliation with the Arab countries in the region than with Zionist regime.
“The Arab citizens have 22 nation states around them and they do not need another,” he said.
The remarks sparked condemnations, with critics saying Netanyahu was demonizing the Arabs, who make up some 17.5 percent of Israel’s population, in a bid to boost right-wing turnout for the April legislative elections.
On Tuesday, Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin strongly condemned Netanyahu’s “blatant racism and discrimination.”
“1.6 million Arabs/Muslims live in the Occupied Palestine. Will the Western governments react or keep silent under pressure again?” Kalin asked on his official Twitter account.
Netanyahu says that Israel is “a nation state not of all its citizens but only of the Jewish people”.
I strongly condemn this blatant racism and discrimination.
1.6 million Arabs/Muslims live in the Occupied Palestine.
Will the Western governments react or keep silent under pressure again?
— Ibrahim Kalin (@ikalin1) March 12, 2019
Netanyahu, however, responded hours later, calling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a “dictator” who jails journalists and judges.
Separately on Tuesday, Ankara censured Israel’s stepped-up raids on the sacred places of Islam after the regime forces closed all entrances to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in al-Quds amid clashes with Palestinian worshipers.
He also called on the international community to stand against Tel Aviv, adding, “It is time to put a stop to Israel’s recklessness. We can’t tolerate brazen attacks on our holy places and the world must react to this.”