Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized the Western world for its lack of action in response to what he called an “ongoing massacre in Palestine,”. At a joint Arab-Islamic summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Erdogan expressed his frustration with the international community’s failure to respond to the Israeli government’s aggressive behavior in the wake of the Hamas cross-border attack on October 7. He accused Western nations of double standards and emphasized the need for them to hold Israel accountable for its actions.
Erdogan described the Israeli government as “a spoiled child of the West” and insisted that it should compensate for the damages it has caused. He lamented the silence of Western countries on the “massacre in Palestine,” pointing out the destruction of hospitals, schools, and refugee camps, and the killing of innocent civilians. He expressed dismay that Western nations, which claim to champion human rights and freedoms, have remained silent in the face of such atrocities.
The emergency summit, organized by the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), aimed to convene representatives of the Arab and Islamic world to address the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas. Erdogan’s remarks at the summit were a direct challenge to the perceived inaction of Western powers and their failure to call for a ceasefire to stop the bloodshed.
Erdogan also emphasized the urgent need to supply fuel and essential medical supplies to Gaza, suggesting that a fund be established to help with the rebuilding of the war-torn region. He pledged support from Turkey in providing essential supplies and aid to Gaza in coordination with other nations.
The Israeli military’s relentless bombardment of Gaza following the Hamas attack has resulted in a significant loss of life and destruction. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow to destroy Hamas has led to widespread devastation, with thousands of casualties, many of whom are innocent civilians.
Palestinian health officials have reported over 11,000 deaths, with a significant number of victims being children. The ongoing conflict has created a dire humanitarian crisis, with medical facilities overwhelmed and essential supplies running low. Independent aid organizations have warned of the urgent need for assistance to address the growing humanitarian needs in the region.
Erdogan’s condemnation of Western inaction and his call for support for Gaza signals a heightened sense of urgency among leaders in the Arab and Islamic world to address the ongoing crisis. The lack of a coordinated international response to the escalating violence and humanitarian crisis in Gaza has raised questions about the role of Western nations and their commitment to human rights and peace in the region. As the conflict continues, the need for a unified and constructive approach to promote peace and stability in the region is more pressing than ever.