- The Washington Times - Friday, March 1, 2013

The United Nations, the United States and Israel have all condemned Turkey’s prime minister for calling Zionism a “crime against humanity” during a recent U.N. assembly.

“As with Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it is inevitable that Islamophobia be considered a crime against humanity,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at a U.N. forum earlier this week, various media reported.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the remarks “dark and mendacious,” in a BBC report. U.S. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor called it “offensive and wrong.” And U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said it was “unfortunate that such hurtful and divisive comments were uttered at a meeting being held under the theme of responsible leadership.”


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Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Turkey leaders on Friday. Talk of his visit has been overshadowed by the prime minister’s statements, however.