In a recent public statement, Turkish Ombudsman Şeref Malkoç addressed the ongoing crisis in Gaza, condemning the actions of the Israeli military in what he termed a “brutal” and “genocidal” onslaught since October 7. Malkoç, speaking during a program appearance, highlighted the extensive 101-day bombardment of Gaza by land, air, and sea, resulting in a devastating toll of nearly 25 thousand Palestinian fatalities and around 70 thousand injuries, with a disproportionate impact on women and children.
Malkoç expressed confidence that the international outcry, particularly from the Turkish people and their President, stands as a formidable global voice against the Gaza massacre. He criticized the perceived failure of countries like America, Germany, and Europe, accusing them of neglecting fundamental principles of human dignity, law, and morality in the face of the ongoing crisis.
Singling out Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli Government, Malkoç asserted that those responsible for war crimes in Gaza would be brought to justice. He pledged to closely monitor the ongoing genocide case at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, underscoring his commitment as a human rights defender.
Turning his attention to a separate but related matter, Malkoç criticized the behavior of Israeli football player Sagiv Jehezkel during a match between Antalyaspor and Trabzonspor. Expressing national condemnation for Jehezkel’s actions, Malkoç faulted Antalyaspor’s management for supporting players who failed to denounce the Gaza massacre. He recommended that the Turkish Football Federation consider Antalyaspor as having lost by default and suggested the cancellation of contracts for the involved players. Malkoç emphasized the broader importance of athletes exhibiting not only skill but also ethical behavior, moral conduct, and respect for human dignity and rights.
This comprehensive statement from Ombudsman Şeref Malkoç underscores the gravity of the situation in Gaza while addressing the broader implications of the crisis on the international stage.