Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told a massive pro-Palestinian rally in Istanbul that Israel was an occupier while repeating his stance about Hamas not being a terrorist organisation. Israel-Hamas War: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks. (AFP)"I reiterate that Hamas is not a terrorist organisation. (...) Israel is an occupier, Erdogan speaks clearly because Turkey does not owe you anything," he told hundreds of thousands of supporters. Tel Aviv rejected Tayyip Erdogan's assertion saying that, “Israel wholeheartedly rejects the Turkish president's harsh words about the terrorist organization Hamas.