Thousands of Turks in Istanbul have taken to the streets in a remarkable display of solidarity with the Palestinian people. This massive gathering, known as the “March for Fatah,” seeks to lend support to the Palestinians in their ongoing struggle, with participants emphasizing that their stance is not about supporting terrorism but defending a homeland. While Turkey officially maintains a neutral position, this rally is a significant show of empathy for the Palestinian cause.
Turkey’s Neutral Stance
Turkey’s official stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been one of neutrality, but the “March for Fatah” highlights the strong sentiments among its citizens in favor of the Palestinians. While the government refrains from condemning Hamas explicitly, the Turkish people’s support for the Palestinian cause is undeniably passionate.
Defending Homeland, Not Terrorism
Sahin Ocal, a 54-year-old activist involved in organizing the march, emphasizes that the Palestinian people are merely defending their homeland and that their actions have nothing to do with terrorism. This sentiment echoes throughout the crowd, with many participants echoing the belief that their support for Palestine is rooted in the quest for justice and not a condoning of violence.
Voices from the Crowd
Among the marchers, 39-year-old housewife Fatma Ipek holds an “anti-Zionist” banner and expresses her hope that this will be a victory day for Muslims. Her sentiments reflect the deep emotional connection that many in the crowd have with the Palestinian struggle. The march signifies a powerful collective voice in support of the Palestinians.
Global Demonstrations of Solidarity
The solidarity with the Palestinian cause isn’t limited to Istanbul alone. In Sanaa, Yemen, Houthi supporters celebrated the attacks on Israel, echoing Hamas’s call for resistance. In Beirut, Hezbollah supporters declared October 7th as a victory day against Israel while displaying Palestinian flags. Iran, a vocal supporter of Hamas, affirmed its unwavering support for the Palestinian leaders until Palestine and Jerusalem are liberated.
Hamas’s “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood”
Hamas’s recent attack on Israel, dubbed “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood,” has garnered significant attention worldwide. The group has called upon resistance fighters in the West Bank and across Arab and Islamic nations to join the battle. According to the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, they have fired more than 5,000 rockets. Israel, on the other hand, reported more than 3,000 incoming rockets.
Hamas’s Pursuit of Victory
Hamas’s chief, Ismail Haniyeh, has expressed confidence in the group’s efforts, claiming that they are on the verge of a significant victory. He believes that the cycle of intifadas and revolutions is crucial in the battle to liberate their land and the Palestinian prisoners held in occupation prisons.
The “March for Fatah” in Istanbul and the global demonstrations of solidarity highlight the impassioned support for the Palestinian people. While Turkey maintains official neutrality, its citizens are resolute in their backing of Palestine’s quest for justice and self-determination. The ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel continues to draw attention and raise questions about the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As the world watches, the voices of solidarity from Istanbul to Yemen, Beirut to Iran, underscore the enduring significance of this struggle for many around the globe.