HDP party in Turkey emphasizes solidarity with Palestinian protests

by Wladimir van Wilgenburg    


Turkey's pro-peace, left-wing alliance, People's Democratic Party (HDP) on Monday expressed its solidarity with the Palestinian people ahead of the 24 June presidential and parliamentary elections and called on the Turkish government to end it’s deals with Israel.

“We call upon the Israeli government to avoid such provocative moves so that both the Palestinian and Israeli peoples can live in peace. We once again emphasize our solidarity with the Palestinian people's freedom struggle and justice. #Nakba70,” the HDP said in a Tweet.

At least 43 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Monday as thousands of Palestinians took to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba and protest US embassy move to Jerusalem, with tensions running high in Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank.

“What you are doing against the Kurdish people, the Israeli government is also doing against the Palestinian people. If you’re part of the problems of this geography, you cannot produce solution,” HDP co-chair of the party, Sezen Temelli said in a statement on Tuesday blaming the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of making deals with Israel and using Palestine now for electoral purposes just ahead of elections in Turkey on June 24.

“If you want to stand with the Palestinian people, come and let’s end all economic, political and military agreements [with Israel]. Here is the parliament. Come and let’s all together bring an end to all these agreements,” he said.

The hostility between Turkey and Israel has resurfaced over recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Meanwhile, in terms of economic relations, trade between the countries has been growing steadily, DW reported.

The HDP in December joined four other Turkish parties condemning the decision by the US President Donald Trump who recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
"We inform the whole world that we reject the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," the joint statement by the four biggest Turkey's parties read.

"AKP turned the Palestinian issue into a domestic politics matter since the Mavi Marmara incident of 2010", Ceng Sagnic, a researcher at Tel Aviv university's Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, told The Region, "and the power of the discourse now controls all political parties and groups. It is not only the AKP, all political groups in Turkey want to capitalize on this issue ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 June" he concluded.