Turkish citizens receive anti-Israeli texts claiming to be from Erdoğan's AKP party

The mysterious messages come a day after Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he discussed with the Palestinian PM ways to "protect Jerusalem against attempts of Judaization."
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Turkish citizens living in Israel received text messages on Wednesday urging them to "put a stop to murderous Israel," claiming to be from the AKP, or the Justice and Development Party, Turkey's ruling party headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Most of the recipients are non-Jewish Turkish diplomats. In another message, they were urged to "gather in Jerusalem and protect Islam." Turkish officials both in Israel and in Turkey have denied having any connection to these messages.

On Tuesday, Erdoğan sparked an outrage in Israel after reportedly stating that he and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah discussed ways to "protect Jerusalem against attempts of Judaization."

Speaking at the Al-Quds Forum in Istanbul on Monday, Erdoğan called on Turks to visit the Al-Aqsa mosque more frequently in order to protect its Muslim identity.

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