Communist Youth of Turkey (TKG), affiliated with the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), on Monday gathered in front of the Israeli embassy in Istanbul for a press release as part of an international campaign for solidarity with the people of Palestine.
The joint call, signed by 38 communist youth organisations from all around the world, marked March 13 as “the day of common action of solidarity towards the Palestinian people” and read, “We denounce the repression of the struggle of the Palestinian people by the Israeli state, which, along with the support of the United States, is already intensifying barbarism. […] We welcome the thousands of Palestinian youth who fight courageously against the barbarity of the Israeli state for something obvious, their right to live in their home country without foreign oppressors.”
The TKG members listed the demands of the communist youth as “an independent, viable and sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital; the withdrawal of the Israeli army from all occupied territories of 1967, including the Golan Heights and the Sebah District of South Lebanon; the end of settlements and the withdrawal of the settlers who have been settled within the Palestinian territories defined by the borders of 1967, and the releasing of all the political prisoners and the returning of the refugees; the cancelation of any political and military agreement between our governments and Israel, and the immediate recognition of the Palestinian state by them.”
The joint statement read by the TKG members denounced “to the young people, to the peoples of the entire world, the ongoing crime of US-NATO-Israel against the Palestinian people, the US decision to declare Jerusalem as ‘the capital of Israel’ and to relocate there their embassy from Tel Aviv, as well as the EU’s unchanging stance, which equates the ‘perpetrator’ with the ‘victim’, paves the way for a new imperialist crime.”
The TKG rally at the Israeli embassy in Istanbul ended with the crowd chanting the Internationale march.