‘Islamophobia Is Equal to Anti-Semitism as a Crime Against Humanity’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s address to the 77th U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday was largely dedicated to his contention that nearly all problems can be solved through “dialogue,” and Turkey is indispensable to every dialogue in the Middle East and Asia.

Erdogan declared Islamophobia “equal to anti-Semitism as a crime against humanity” and demanded a U.N.-recognized “Fight Against Islamophobia” day every year, to be held on the anniversary of the deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2019.

Erdogan spoke at great length about the importance of diplomacy, the contributions that could be made to various debates by the United Nations, and above all Turkey’s pivotal position at the nexus of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. 

“We are the Asian on the western coast of Europe,” he said of Turkey’s role in everything from the Syrian civil war to the…

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