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Turkish prime minister calls Zionism ‘a crime against humanity’

By Mason White 10:08 AM March 1, 2013
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) The prime minister of Turkey this week called Zionism “a crime against humanity”, according to press reports in the United States.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech in Vienna, described Zionism as “a crime against humanity”.

“We should strive to better understand the culture and beliefs of others, but we see that people act based on prejudice, exclude others and belittle them,” Erdogan was quoted by the press as saying, citing a simultaneous translation of the United Nations.

“That is why it is necessary to keep in mind, like Zionism, anti-Semitism or fascism, Islamophobia is a crime against humanity,” he said.

Erdogan spoke Wednesday at the official opening of the fifth World Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Austria.
U.N. Watch, a group that monitors anti-Israel bias and violations of human rights, issued a statement slamming the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, for his silence during those comments.

“Erdogan’s misuse of this global platform to incite hatred and his use of Ahmadinejad style pronouncements appealing to the lowest common denominator in the Muslim world, will only reinforce the belief that his government is bent to a confrontational position and fundamentally not willing to end its 4-year-old fight with Israel,” U.N. Watch, said.

The group also said: “We remind the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, that his predecessor, Kofi Annan, acknowledged that the 1975 U.N. Zionism is racism resolution was an expression of anti-Semitism and welcomed its repeal.”

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