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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan "Being silent in the face of oppression is oppression itself."



Here is the translation and transcript of what took place on Friday, 30th of January, 2009 at the plenary session of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East in Davos, Switzerland.

Moderator: There was a heated debate here. This is a discussion that can last for hours. We are already out of time.

Erdoğan: One minute.

Moderator: Mr. Prime Minister, well, you know

Erdoğan: One minute, one minute! No! One minute.

Moderator: Ok, but I want you not to speak more than one minute.

Erdoğan: Mr. Peres, you are older than me. Your voice is very loud. I know that you are speaking aloud because of the requirement of a sense of guilt. My voice will not be that loud.

About murdering, you know killing very well. I am well aware how you murdered children on beaches.

Two former prime ministers of your country had important sayings to me. You have former prime ministers who say 'When I entered Palestine on tanks, I feel more and more pleased'.

I can give their names. Maybe some of you wonder.

Besides, I condemn those of you who applaud this persecution. Because applauding these killers who murdered those children, who massacred those people is, I believe, is also another crime committed against humanity.

Look, we cannot disregard a reality here. Here, I jotted down a lot of notes, but I don't have the time to answer all of them. But, I will say you only two things:

Moderator: Excuse me Prime Minister, we can't start the debate again.

Erdoğan: Excuse me. First ... excuse me, DO NOT interrupt me!...

First, The Old Testament says in the 6th commandment: quote ;You shall not kill! ; But there is murder here. Second, this is also very interesting.

Gilad Atzmon, a Jewish himself, says: Israeli barbarity is far beyond even the cruelty. Besides, Avi Shlaim, Professor of Oxford who performed his military duty in Israeli army, says in the Guardian the following:

Moderator: Prime Minister, Prime Minister. I wanna ask to our host.

Erdoğan: Israel became a gangster state. (to the moderator) I thank you, too.

For me ... Davos is done for me from now on. I will never come to Davos again. You shall all know this in this way. You are not letting us speak. (Showing Peres) He spoke for 25 minutes, but you let me speak 12 minutes. No way!

The translation may not be exact, particularly those of the moderator (i had to translate his sayings using the interpreter's translation to Turkish as i cannot hear what he says).

On Erdogan's speech, it was difficult for me to translate some of phrases, but i guess the translation gives more or less the same meaning.. Enjoy .)

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News & Politics

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It is heartening to see someone finally having the courage to sock it to the Israelis especially in the manner that Turkish Prime Minister, His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated his objections and firm stand against the Zionist regime's atrocities straight to the face of Israeli President Shimon Peres at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland!
























Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan minced no words as he berated the Israeli President over the Zionist regime's brutal massacre of Palestinians in Gaza over the 22 days that the American backed terrorist State of Israel launched an all out attack against Gaza claiming to wage war with the HAMAS Palestinian authority over rocket attacks by HAMAS freedom fighters into the illegal occupying harami state's so called border's.

I don't think any other Arab leader has the balls to speak up like that to the Zionist head as the Turkish PM did.

The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is the most watched international stage today where world leaders converge seeking to exert their influence on trading matters, speak up on issues that they feel strongly about and none saw this coming from the Turkish Prime Minister for before PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the former Turkish Prime Ministers had been playing along to the dictates of the Kamal Ataturk doctrine which was in actual fact designed to destroy the last Islamic Caliphate of the Ottoman era and turn the former bastion of the Islamic world into the secular state it currently is.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may not be loved by the secularists among the Turks but his firm stand against Israel's massacre of the Gazan Palestinian population is something that is not going to be forgotten for a long time.

Just like the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at the then US President George W.Bush Jr, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now seen as a hero by his people and most of the Arab if not the Muslim world.

Mere words however are not going to change the status quo there in Gaza where life for the Palestinian Gaza Holocaust survivors isn't getting any better.

Palestinians are suffering tremendously having no homes to take shelter in, no piped water and electricity to sustain them during the most depressing times of their life.

The world speaks of peace but no country in the world really has the firmness of purpose to go help the Palestinians have any semblance to a normal way of life.

The lands of the Palestinians have almost entirely been usurped from them by the marauding Israeli Zionist illegal settlers under the auspices of the Tel Aviv regime.

The neighbouring Arab nations such as Egypt are not doing much to lighten the Palestinians burdens of living in a desolate open air but closed prison that is what the Gaza Strip actually is?

Palestinians are slowly but surely being decimated by the Israeli regime's atrocious policies of sending in their rogue terrorist troops to shoot at will and kill remaining Palestinians as they please despite the so called truce or ceasefire being agreed upon by both parties.

I do not know what Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan is capable of next but he surely stands tall today above all other idiots and cowards who put on an act of being the world's Muslim leaders.

You can bet that Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the current Malaysian PM would wet his pants or diapers if he was ever in the same position as Prime Minister Erdogan!

Maybe the former dictator of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad may have had the balls or guts to snub Shimon Peres but neither Abdullah Badawi or the incoming designated Premier in Waiting Najib Tun Razak have it in them to sock it to the Israelis as what Erdogan did!

Let's see what transpires after this or will Erdogan chicken out from this confrontative stand against the Zionists when push comes to shove?

Here is what the International Herald Tribune has to say about this unprecedented episode?




























International Herald Tribune

Hero's welcome for Turkish leader after Davos walkout
By Sebnem Arsu and Katrin Bennhold

Friday, January 30, 2009

DAVOS, Switzerland:

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan flew home to a hero's welcome on Friday after walking off the stage following an angry exchange over the Gaza war with the Israeli president, Shimon Peres, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The episode Thursday had all the overtones of a diplomatic incident, ruffling relations between Israel and a Muslim ally that is playing a key role in Middle East peace efforts.

The semiofficial Anatolian News Agency reported that Peres called Erdogan five minutes after the walkout in Davos to apologize for any misunderstanding, saying that his remarks about Israel's Gaza offensive had not been directed at the prime minister personally.

In Jerusalem, a spokeswoman for Peres, Meital Jaslovitz, described the telephone conversation as "positive." But, she said on Friday, there was no apology from Peres, contrary to the Turkish news agency report.

Erdogan did not seem apologetic, either.

"I only know that I'm responsible for protecting the honor of the Turkish Republic, the Turkish nation from A to Z," Erdogan said as he returned to Istanbul.

"I am not a leader of a tribe. I am the prime minister of the Republic of Turkey. I do whatever I need to, so I did it, and will continue to do so. This is my character. This is my identity."

"It was a matter of my country's respect and prestige. Therefore, my attitude should have been clear," he said. "I couldn't have allowed anyone to hurt the prestige and especially the honor of my country."

Live television footage showed crowds waving Palestinian and Turkish flags at Istanbul's Ataturk airport while chanting slogans in support of the prime minister.

Banners proclaimed Erdogan the "delegate of the oppressed" and said: "Let the world see a proper prime minister." The passions reflected widespread anger over the Gaza war in Turkey, a secular nation whose population is mostly Muslim.

The incident came just days before President Obama's new Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, had planned to visit Turkey to discuss regional peace efforts as part of a tour of several countries.

However, on Friday, a spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, speaking in return for customary anonymity under diplomatic rules, said the visit had been postponed because of "severe scheduling constraints." The decision to put off the visit was made before the altercation in Davos, the spokesperson said.

In Davos, Erdogan apparently became incensed after the moderator curtailed his response to remarks by Peres on the recent Israeli military campaign. The panel was running late, and Peres was to have had the last word, participants said.

Panel discussions at Davos are restricted to one hour, but Erdogan insisted on responding to Peres.

Red-faced, and with one hand grasping the arm of the moderator, the columnist David Ignatius of The Washington Post, Erdogan turned to the Israeli president.

"Mr. Peres, you are older than me," he said. "Your voice comes out in a very high tone. And the high tone of your voice has to do with a guilty conscience. My voice, however, will not come out in the same tone."

Resisting efforts by Ignatius to end the session, Erdogan continued, saying to Peres, "When it comes to killing, you know well how to kill."

Eventually, the prime minister gathered up his papers and departed, saying, "And so Davos is over for me from now on."

Peres pointed at the departing Erdogan and said Turkey would have reacted as Israel did had rockets been falling on Istanbul, participants said.

In a news conference immediately after the panel discussion, Erdogan said he was particularly upset with Ignatius, who he said had failed to direct a balanced and impartial panel.

By all accounts, the discussion of the Gaza offensive was lively, with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations and Amr Moussa, the Arab League's secretary general, joining Peres and Erdogan.

Participants said Peres was mostly alone in defending Israel's role in Gaza, and for that reason he was given the final 25 minutes to speak.

Earlier, Erdogan spoke for 12 minutes about the Palestinians' sufferings.

Although Erdogan has strongly criticized Israel's Gaza offensive, his country and Israel have long enjoyed close diplomatic relations.

With its strong relations with the militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, Erdogan's Justice and Development Party has played a growing role mediating among Israel, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinians.

End of report.

Read :
http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/01/29/mideast/29erdogan-419159.php
and
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/01/31/europe/EU-Turkey-Israel.php

Here is a series of the session earlier where the Israeli President Shimon Peres had spoke :

Part 1.


Part 2


Part 3
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