Turkey’s Erdogan Calls Zionism A “Crime Against Humanity” at UN Conference

GENEVA, February 28, 2013 – UN Watch expressed shock over anti-Jewish remarks delivered by Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan at a UN summit for tolerance, and urged UN chief Ban Ki-moon — who was present on the stage yet stayed silent — to speak out and condemn the speech. The Geneva-based human rights group also called on Erdogan to apologize, and hoped US President Obama would press him to do so.

Speaking yesterday before a Vienna forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, a UN framework for West-Islam dialogue, Erdogan called Zionism, the movement founded in 1897 for Jewish self-determination, a “crime against humanity,” likening it with anti-Semitism, fascism, and Islamophobia. click here for Turkish news report.

“We remind secretary-general Ban Ki-moon that his predecessor Kofi Annan recognized that the UN’s 1975 Zionism-is-racism resolution was an expression of anti-Semitism, and he welcomed its repeal.”

UN Watch urged all members of the Alliance’s High Level Group, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, “to denounce remarks that fundamentally contradict the very purpose of a forum supposedly dedicated to mutual tolerance.”

“Erdogan’s misuse of this global podium to incite hatred, and his resort to Ahmandinejad-style pronouncements appealing to the lowest common denominator in the Muslim world, will only strengthen the belief that his government is hewing to a confrontational stance, and fundamentally unwilling to end its four-year-old feud with Israel.”

16 Responses to “Turkey’s Erdogan Calls Zionism A “Crime Against Humanity” at UN Conference”


  • Erdogan. Blames OTHERS for crimes against humanity…
    Best joke I’ve ever heard! I’ve got a million Kurds and 2 million Armenians saying that on him…

  • Ban’s horrendously deafening silence tells us everything we need to know… Jew-hatred is now widely tolerated and accepted. That he must be “reminded” to speak out against it in this “modern age” simply boggles the mind.

  • How despicable of Erdogan to say such a thing. This is one reason that many people question the need of the U.N. in the first place!

    Shame on him!

  • The increase in antisemitism derived from state policy is increasing. The presence of the General Secretary validates the position of the Turkish??? Memory… memory… Jews in the 20’s (1920) arrived to the 40’s (1940) and all the world, including UN was astonished!!!!!

  • Armenian Genocide.

  • Please do not call this intolerance when it is Turkish hate speech..
    Dear Mr. President, please help us by speaking out against this type of speech.

  • The agonizingly inevitable alteration in Turkey’s social-religious-ideological transformation is nearing completion. From Ataturk’s Europe-connection in secular governance of a Muslim country adopting Western values while embracing moderate Islam, the country has turned to fundamental Islamism.

  • Where did Erdogan find his definition of Zionism? In the hate propaganda material that is flooding the Middle East ?
    I keep wondering : where are the Turkish reactions to the daily obsessive derogatory remarks on Israel which antagonize even more the existing conflict and play against Turkish and NATO interests.

  • It is too bad that a leader of a country act with Hate and personal motives over his status and his country global interest.

  • What will you call the Armenian massacre by Turkish Goverment?

    Human Love?

  • For a man who refuses to acknowledge the Armenian genocide; who demands an apology from Israel for killing IHH terrorists in self-defense; who is still occupying part of the island of Cyprus…for such a man to brand Zionism as a “crime against humanity” only adds to the absurdity of his positions and of most international fora organized by the UN.

    The UN is itself most responsible for this ongoing perversion of reality in all things concerning Israel. In the same way as UNGA Resolution 3379 (Zionism = racism) was rescinded after 16 years, it is high time to rescind once and for all UNGA Res. 3236 and all its prior building blocks, which are mainly responsible for the unjust denigration of Israel.

  • For a man who refuses to acknowledge the Armenian genocide; who demands an apology from Israel for killing IHH terrorists in self-defense; who is still occupying part of the island of Cyprus…for such a man to brand Zionism as a “crime against humanity” only adds to the absurdity of his positions and of most international fora organized by the UN.

    The UN is itself most responsible for this ongoing perversion of reality in all things concerning Israel. In the same way as UNGA Resolution 3379 (Zionism = racism) was rescinded after 16 years, it is high time to rescind once and for all UNGA Res. 3236 and all its prior building blocks, which are mainly responsible for the unjust denigration of Israel.

  • Mark S. Devenow Esq.

    It figures that under Obama Turkey and its Premier get away with this insolence and Turkey STILL manages to retain its place as Obama’s preferred ally over the entire region spanning the European continent and the Near East.

  • For Mr Erdogan it’s about seeking safe haven by scapegoating Israel because he is unable to douse the fires of domestic problems in his country

  • Mr Erdogan: You want to position yourself as leader of a modern, forward-looking country that seeks diplomatic influence and is a bridge between East and West. To do this you must encourage dialogue, not hatred. You expose yourself as a bigot. I have no doubt Ataturk would have been profoundly ashamed of you. Incidentally no one is going to take lectures about illegal occupation from someone with a hand in Northern Cyprus!

  • Erdogan is in no position to condemn anyone, or has he forgotten about the millions of Armenians murdered by Turkey early in the 20th century? Hitler said of the murder of the Jews, “who remembers the Armenians?”? Well, we do, but Erdogan doesn’t, or pretends not to do so. Deal with your own country’s disgraceful record of genocide, Mr Erdogan!

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