Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accuses the West of double standards, for condemning Islamist militant attacks in France, but failing to denounce anti-Muslim acts in Europe.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan criticised the West for condemning last week's Islamist militant attacks in Paris, but not doing the same for anti-Muslim actions in Europe. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "The hypocrisy of the West is obvious. As Muslims we never stood up for terrorism. We never stood up for massacres. But it is racism, hatred and Islamophobia that lies beneath these massacres. Officials of the countries where our mosques are attacked should take measures against these incidents. These are provocations." Sunday's rally in Paris saw world leaders linking arms in solidarity over Islamist militant attacks last week that killed 17 people. The Israeli Prime Minister was placed just one man away from French President Francois Hollande. Erdogan said Benjamin Netanyahu led Israel to carry out deadly strikes in Gaza, which has a largely Muslim population. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "How do you feel when a man, who carried out state terrorism by killing 2,500 people, waves at crowd (in Paris)? He waves at the crowd as if people were waiting for him in great excitement. I cannot fathom how he could have gone there. You should first give an account for the children you have killed." Earlier, he welcomed visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Erdogan himself didn't attend the Paris rally, but sent the Prime Minister.