The Turkish government has released new findings from an inquiry it conducted on the Israeli raid of a Gaza bound boat which resulted in the deaths of eight Turks and a Turkish-American. The Associated Press reported that among the findings purported by the Turkish government is that Israeli soldiers shot five victims at “close range,” and that two of the victims were killed before IDF commandos boarded the ship. These findings deny the inquiry Israel already conducted on the raid which cleared its military and government of wrongdoing and will further destabilize the already tense relationship held between Israel and it’s former ally, Turkey.
Within the terrifyingly narrow historical scope utilized by Israel’s detractors, these findings are a heroic and truthful expression of the oppressive regime in Israel. History teaches us, however, that the opposite is true and that Ottoman Turkey herself conducted genocide. Furthermore, the Turkish President denies this tragedy and his only goal is to promote lies which only serve to support previously held conclusions.
In 2009, during an interview with Charlie Rose, Turkish President Erdogan denied the Armenian Genocide. When asked what more proof he needed, Erdogan responded that the accusations of genocide are “completely a lie.” The Turkish President simultaneously denies the Armenian genocide, which resulted in the unimaginably horrible loss of more than one million Armenians, while parading reports that claim Israel is the international criminal. By espousing this belief, the Turkish Government continues it’s century’s old systematic racist agenda against the Armenian people. Erdogan has joined the global conversation of anti-Israeli rhetoric, along with his contemporaries Ahmadinejad and Nasrallah.
Israel, like every other nation has made its fair share of mistakes, under no circumstances should the opposite claim be made in honest intellectual conversation. On the other hand, the blatant hypocrisy of the Turkish Government is overwhelming and the global community should not hesitate to call him for it. Turkey should admit it’s wrongdoings and give reparations to Armenians before judging Israel’s right to defend itself.