Turkey's prime minister defended his outspoken criticism of Israel's Gaza offensive on Tuesday and said it did not mean he was anti-Semitic, though he also remarked that the "Jewish-backed media" was falsely suggesting that Hamas uses civilians as human shields in the Gaza Strip.
Turkey, a predominantly Muslim but secular country with good ties with both Israel and Arab countries, has been trying to help broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group which rules the Gaza Strip.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has described Israel's 18-day-old military offensive against Gaza as "a crime against humanity" and defended those remarks on Tuesday in a speech to his ruling AK Party in parliament, broadcast live on television.
"There are people who are disturbed by me speaking of my discomfort over the killing of civilians, (including) children ... If we do not state wha
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