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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kurdish leader calls on Israel to cut military ties with Turkey

In an interview with Israel's Channel 2 television, Murat Karayılan, a prominent leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), called on Israel to cut its military ties with Turkey (Hat Tip: Joshua I).
"We demand that Israel stop assisting those seeking to crush our struggle for freedom" Karayilan said.

"Our problem lies in the military ties between Israel and Turkey. Those ties harm us. The most advanced technology that Turkey uses against our guerrilla fighters and Kurdish civilians comes from Israel."
But please note what the Firat news agency, a Turkish source, left out. This is from Iran's Press TV.
"Our enemies are also the enemies of Israel," Karayilan told Israeli Channel 2 television, speaking from the group's strongholds in the northern Iraq mountains, Reuters reported.

"Our problem lies in the military ties between Israel and Turkey. Those ties harm us," he said.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by Turkey and much of the international community, took up arms in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

The PKK militants launch their attacks from the Qandil Mountains in the areas that are under the control of Iraqi Kurdistan's President Massoud Barzani. The Qandil mountain range is also where Israel and Israeli firms reportedly operate.

Earlier in June, Sedat Laciner, the head of the International Strategic Research Organization — a Turkish think tank — said Mossad agents and Israeli military retirees had been sighted providing training to PKK militants in Iraqi Kurdistan.
And Reuters adds:
"Our enemies are also the enemies of Israel," Karayilan said, referring to Turkey's warmer ties with Iran and Syria, which are Israel's foes.

The PKK has scaled back its demands for an independent homeland and now says it is fighting for greater political and cultural rights for Turkey's estimated 15 million Kurds.

Turkey has officially refused to negotiate for a settlement with the PKK, which it labels a terrorist organisation, as does the United States and European Union.
I wonder if a Republican administration in the US in 2013 would consider removing that terrorist designation. Hmmm.

The picture at the top was from a Turkish protest over the flotilla incident. Lovely flag, isn't it?


At 6:05 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Will the Stupid Jews actually listen for a change?

What could go wrong indeed

At 3:04 AM, Blogger MUSHI said...

i don't know if israel should give support to the pkk, cause it's considered a terrorist group by a lot of "allies".

but, Israel should definitely give support to the kurdish people.

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're right, you know.

At 2:37 PM, Blogger lex said...

I think that Jewish Communities must be strong. And than they cope this problem

At 10:08 PM, Blogger Jon Friedman said...

I speak Turkish. The letters below the swastika say "health to your hands" -- a Turkish phrase that you used to compliment someone on their cooking skills. Really disgusting.


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