President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds up a map of Palestine since 1947 showing changing population and territory under Israeli occupation while speaking at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 24, 2019. (File photo via social media)
The only way to achieve stability and peace in Palestine is to create an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday.
Speaking at the opening session of the 16th Conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Parliamentary Union in Istanbul, Erdogan said, in a statement quoted by Anadolu Agency: "Jerusalem is not the issue of a group of courageous Muslims, but the issue of all the Muslim world."
Erdogan stressed that making Palestinians pay the price of genocide against Jews in Europe during WWII is: "A kind of oppression and lack of conscience."
"As grandsons of people who ruled Jerusalem for 400 years, we cannot bear seeing blood, tears, and oppression in Palestine," he continued.
Erdgoan told the Muslim officials: "Jerusalem is a blessed city and the trust of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) for his nation, and defending it means defending the whole of humanity, human rights and laws, peace, justice, and civilisation."
The Turkish President said the Palestinians "are being killed brutally in the streets and their children are being treated like terrorists, and their worship houses are subject to daily aggression."
Erdgoan urged the OIC member states "to move together and avoid anything that weakens the Palestinian cause. We have to continue our mission despite the short support of the international community in order to find a just solution for Palestine."