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Turkey reacts to planned US embassy move to Jerusalem

‘Occupation will end and truth and justice will prevail,’ says Turkish presidential aide Ibrahim Kalin

14.05.2018
Turkey reacts to planned US embassy move to Jerusalem

By Ozcan Yildirim 

ANKARA

Turkey’s presidential spokesman on Monday reacted to the U.S. embassy’s planned move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

"Palestine is not alone. Jerusalem is not alone. Occupation will end and truth and justice will prevail," Ibrahim Kalin wrote on his official Twitter account.

In a second tweet, he said: "Every Palestinian killed by Israel in the occupied territories today is another dark spot, another crime added to Israel’s wall of shame.

"The so-called civilized world must be ashamed of its silence in the face of this systematic barbarism."

Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul tweeted: "We cannot accept the unlawful attacks against Jerusalem’s status and Palestinians’ fundamental rights. Palestine and Jerusalem are not alone."  

Tweeting in English, both Kalin and Gul used "#Nakba70" in their statements.  

The U.S. intends to officially relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment in 1948 -- an event Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba” or the “The Catastrophe”. 

Trump sparked international outcry last December when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and vowed to relocate Washington's embassy to the city. 

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Palestine-Israel conflict, with Palestinians seeking East Jerusalem -- occupied by Israel since 1967 -- as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.


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