UN's Ban defends 'Zionism' after Turkey remarks

"Just as with Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it has become necessary to view Islamophobia as a crime against humanity," Erdogan had said.

UN's Ban defends 'Zionism' after Turkey remarks

World Bulletin / News Desk

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's description of Zionism as a crime against humanity was "hurtful and divisive."

Ban's spokesman said the secretary-general had heard Erdogan's speech at a U.N. meeting in Vienna on Wednesday through an interpreter.

"The secretary-general believes it is unfortunate that such hurtful and divisive comments were uttered at a meeting being held under the theme of responsible leadership," the spokesman said in a statement.

Erdogan had told the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations meeting in Vienna: "Just as with Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it has become necessary to view Islamophobia as a crime against humanity."

The Zionist movement was the main force behind occupying Palestine and leading the exodus of Palestinians after attacks and assassinations.

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