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Turkey, South Africa pull ambassadors from Israel over Gaza deaths

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South Africa hurriedly withdrew its envoy from Israel on Monday over what it called the country's "violent aggression" in Gaza, where at least 55 people were killed by Israeli fire during violent border clashes.

The decision came as Turkey's government also recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Tel Aviv back to Ankara "for consultations" after President Tayyip Recep Erdogan's fierce criticism of the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 

Erdogan branded Israel a "terrorist state" and accused it of carrying out a genocide against the Palestinians. 

"Israel is wreaking state terror. Israel is a terror state," Erdogan told Turkish students in London in a speech broadcast by state television. "What Israel has done is a genocide. I condemn this humanitarian drama, the genocide, from whichever side it comes, Israel or America," he added.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag told reporters in Ankara that Turkey was recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Israel "for consultations" after the bloodshed.

Ankara also withdrew its envoy in Tel Aviv in 2010 after an Israeli raid on a flotilla bound for Gaza, and did not appoint a new one until it reached a settlement with the Israeli government in 2016. 

South Africa's government has also been fiercely critical of Israeli policy in the West Bank and Gaza.

read more at ... https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/174707-180514-south-africa-pulls-ambassador-from-israel-over-violent-aggression-in-gaza

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Erdogan has room to talk. His treatment of the Kurds is telling.

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On 14/05/2018 at 10:52 PM, Yowm said:

South Africa hurriedly withdrew its envoy from Israel on Monday over what it called the country's "violent aggression" in Gaza, where at least 55 people were killed by Israeli fire during violent border clashes.

 

That's the ANC government for you, hey but the whole world felt a socialist party was better for South Africa.

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