At this week’s UN General Assembly, Turkish President Recep Tayyip attacked Israel of stealing Palestinian land.
“Israel, which was almost non-existent in 1947, has continued until this day to seize Palestinian land with the aim of eliminating the state,” Erdogan said to the U.N. General Assembly, while holding a placard showing various stages of Israel allegedly gobbling up parts of “Filastin,” or “Palestine.”
Erdgoan, who marked the first stage of the map (labeled 1947), as “Filastin,” ignored the fact that there was no country called Filastin or Palestine in that year.
Although the name referred to a geographic area, it was divided into a number of administrative units under the Ottoman Empire, which ruled it for four centuries until it was conquered by Britain.
Britain was was given a mandate by the League of Nations to establish there a Jewish State.
“Look at this map, where was Israel in 1947 and where is Israel now, especially between the years between 1949 and 1967?,” Erdogan said. In 1947, “Palestinian land starts shrinking and Israel starts expanding” he said.
“How can the Golan Heights and the West Bank settlements be seized just like other occupied Palestinian territories before the eyes of the world?” Erdogan said.
The Golan Heights and Judea and Samaria (or “the West Bank”) were conquered by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War when Israel was threatened with annihilation by neighboring Arab states.
President Donald Trump recently recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which Israel annexed in 1981.