Friday, 13 May 2011

Turkey Insists Hamas is Not a Terrorist Organisation

Turkey has rejected the western consensus on Hamas by refusing to consider it a terrorist organisation. Although the US, the European Union and Canada all classify Hamas as a terrorist group, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan begs to differ:

"Let me give you a very clear message, I don't see Hamas as a terror organization. Hamas is a political party -- it emerged as a political party that appeared as a political party," Erdogan told Charlie Rose, adding: "it is a resistance movement trying to protect its country under occupation."

Going further, the Turkish PM said the world should not "mix terrorist organizations with such an organization, and they entered into the elections," adding that Hamas "won the elections, they had ministers, and they had parliament speakers who were imprisoned by Israel, about 35 ministers and members of parliament in Israel prisons."

"Where is terrorism? They entered into the elections and after the elections this is how they were reacted, I mean, calling them terrorists, this would be disrespect to the will of the Palestinian people," Erdogan added.

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