Turkish opposition leader Akşener deems Israeli PM Netanyahu 'Hitler of 21st century'

Turkish right-wing İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener has deemed Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu “Hitler of the 21st century,” who “is a disgrace to a nation who experienced the Holocaust,” following the bombing of the Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza, that killed nearly 500 people.

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Turkish right-wing nationalist İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener on Oct. 18 called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “the new Hitler of the 21st century.”

Speaking in her party’s parliamentary group meeting, Akşener called for the trial of Netanyahu and said “There is nothing left to say about the murderer Netanyahu. He is the new Hitler of the 21st century. It is a disgrace to a nation who experienced the Holocaust. Times are different, mentality is the same.”

Her remarks came after Israel’s bombing of Gaza's Al-Ahli al-Arabi hospital, which Palestinian officials said killed 471 people. 

Deeming Israel's attacks “outright terrorism,” Akşener said, “States do not bomb hospitals or target civilians. These actions last night, which disregard all human values and have now turned into a vile atrocity, are not a war against terrorism, but Netanyahu's terrorism.”

“What happened last night is the present-day (representation) of what Jews were experiencing in Germany on a cold November evening in 1938. First they came out and said, 'Hamas bombed the hospital, we didn't do it.' When no one believed this lie, they said, ‘The missile was misfired by the Islamic Jihad’,” she said.

She added that every country, every international organization, every person who “claims to defend civilized values must take a stand against this brutality.”