Israel’s raid on the Gaza aid flotilla that left nine dead has prompted international outrage, including harsh criticism from the Turkish Prime Minister. Erdoğan announced from Chile, ‘[t]his action, totally contrary to the principles of international law, is inhumane state terrorism. Nobody should think we will keep quiet in the face of this.’
Erdoğan is quick to recognise ‘inhumane state terrorism’ when it is someone else’s state.
Amnesty International identified the main forms of state terror as arbitrary detention, unfair trial, torture, and political murder or extrajudicial execution.
The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience defines state terrorism as ‘a system of political domination based on the spreading of terror in society. It is characterized by a systematic and massive criminally repressive policy, implemented by the State agencies.’
What then, Mr Erdoğan, do you call Ankara’s policies against the Kurds? How is it not also state terrorism? How do you not see that what you are doing in your own backyard is state terrorism? It is ‘contrary to the principles of international law’ and ‘inhumane.’ And nobody should ‘keep quiet in the face of’ Turkey’s state terrorism either.
Arbitrary arrests of Kurdish students; torture of Kurdish prisoners; attacks on Kurdish journalists; detention of innocent Kurdish children; and the list goes on.
Why not use some of that outrage for the way Turkey mistreats the Kurds? Sure, the Gazans are in a desperate situation and what happened to the flotilla is atrocious. But why aren’t you sending aid to the Kurds? That is also ‘inhumane.’