A group barricades itself in Turkish ruling party office to protest Gaza
A group from a Turkish organization Friday barricaded themselves inside the offices of the ruling AKP in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa and demanded that the prime minister break ties with Israel.
Nearly 30 people, including women and children, from the Organization of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed People (Mazlum-Der) locked themselves inside the building, Dogan News Agency reported.
The demonstrators chanted anti-Israel slogans and hung posters and banners inside and outside the offices. “We will remain here until relations with Israel are cut,” and “(Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip) Erdogan is crying. (Venezuela’s President Hugo) Chavez is sacking (Israeli ambassador),” some posters read.
“Damn collaborator leaders,” the protesters shouted from the windows of the offices.
Venezuela on Wednesday broke diplomatic ties with Jewish state over its military offensive in the Gaza Strip and refusal to comply with international calls for a ceasefire, a week after it expelled the Israeli ambassador in Caracas.
Turkey, Israel’s main regional ally, is one of the countries that have condemned the Jewish state for its offensive on Gaza.
Erdogan, who has repeatedly criticized Israel, said Friday the Jewish state should be barred from the United Nations while it ignores the body’s calls to end the fighting in Gaza. However he has stopped short of deciding to suspend ties with Israel.
Along with Venezuela and Bolivia
Syria: ‘Cut all ties with Israel’
Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, has urged all Arab nations to sever diplomatic ties with Israel because of the Gaza war.
Qatar, Mauritania cut Israeli ties
Qatar and Mauritania have severed economic and political ties with Israel in protest against the war in Gaza, Al Jazeera has learned.
The move announced on Friday followed calls by Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, and Khaled Meshaal, the exiled leader of Hamas, for all Arab nations to cut ties with Israel.
Addressing leaders at an emergency Arab summit in Doha, the Qatari capital, al-Assad declared that the Arab initiative for peace with Israel was now “dead”.
The Palestinian Statistics Bureau also reported on Friday that the war has cost the Palestinian economy at least $1.4bn.
The bureau said 26,000 Gazans were unable to live in their homes and were being housed in temporary shelter.
Much of Gaza’s infrastructure lies in ruins. The statistics show that 20,000 residential buildings are damaged and 4,000 more destroyed.
Hamas has proposed a year-long, renewable ceasefire if Israel immediately ends its offensive in Gaza and lifts its crippling blockade of the territory.
Conditions of Ceasefire. On both sides.
– International force to stop weapons smuggling into Gaza
– Immediate halt to offensive
– Full withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza
– Re-open all crossing points into Gaza
– Lift Gazan economic siege, (this has long been sought, by them and with good reason).
How can Israel, which totally ignores and does not implement resolutions of the UN Security Council, be allowed to enter through the doors of the UN?
“Why is it the US can get away with Vetoing over 40 resolutions by the UN to end the problem’s between Israel and Gaza?
Why can’t the US see their allies are a problem. Unless of course the US wants them to be a problem.
Then again the US did not Comply with the UN resolution that was against the war in Iraq either.
Why is it the west interferes with elections? What gives them the right?
I think the US should stop arming Israel with “Weapons of Mass Destruction” and it should cut all Aid for these weapons as well.
As of January 15 2009
1,133 Palestinians have been killed and more than 5,200 wounded, according to Gaza medics.
At least 346 children are among the dead.
Israel says 10 Israeli soldiers ( some were killed by friendly fire, lest we forget) and 3 civilians have been killed in the same period, and an Israeli government spokesman indicated that the end of the three-week-old offensive may close.
Why do I have a sneaking suspicion, right after the weapons are delivered to Israel by the US this will all start again?