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Turkey's Erdogan Accuses West Of Hypocrisy Over Paris Attacks


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said the West's reaction to the Paris attacks was infused with Islamophobia.

"The hypocrisy of the West is plain to see," he said at a news conference with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in Turkey on January 12.

"We as Muslim never sided with terrorism, we never sided with massacres. What lies behind these massacres is racism, hate speech and Islamophobia."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a regular target of barbs by Erdogan, was also criticized for participating in a unity rally in Paris on January 11.

"I ask what do you make of this person who carries out state terrorism by massacring 2,500 people in Gaza, waving?" he said.

Erdogan also suggested the attacks that killed 17 people were a failing of the French security forces since the suspects had recently served prison sentences.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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