As most of ‘political aware’ persons know – Zionist regime is well-known for its self-denial – even if the truth about its Zionazi policies comes from respected Jewish individulas, such as South African Jewish judge, Goldstone.
In response to Ankara’s non-stop rubbing of Zionist noses (read it as ‘anti-Semitism’) – Israel’s national airline EIAI has decided to stop subsiding its employees visiting Turkey during the Passover holidays – during which over 80,000 Israeli Jews visit Turkey and spread their immoral culture.
Israel’s major coffee shop chain, IIan, too has decided to join the boycott, according to its director of marketing, Michael Steg, saying: “We have for the time being to stop selling ‘Istambul Coffee’ – our Turkish coffee blend, and we shall keep doing it until matters improve – the airing of Turkish TV drama Ayrilik (Farewell) showing Israeli soldiers as child-killers during Israel’s ‘Operation Cast Lead’ against 1.5 million Palestinians trapped inside Gaza Strip.
Ankara’s recent actions against its old ally – which Zionist-controlled media keeps ignoring – has nothing to do with the so-called ‘anti-Semitism’. It’s as Professor Ephraim Inbar (Bar-IIan University) put it: “Someone has decided to teach Israel a lesson”. Recently, Tel Aviv turned down Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s request to visit Gaza strip and meet Hamas government leaders to negotiate a sort of fair deal between Israeli government and Hamas. Earlier, the reason why the Turkish PM Erdogan blasted Israeli president Shimon Peres at Davos conference – was that Israeli PM Ehud Olmert met Erdogan in Istanbul a few days before Israeli attack on Gaza in December 2008 – and “betrayed” Erdogan, who was conveying messages on phone between Olmer and Damascus (Turkey, then, was playing the part of a negotiator on Israeli request). Israel also infuriated Turkish generals by delaying the delivery of the pre-paid Heron unmanned aviation vehicles (UAV) – and 2008 failed coup against Erdogan government.
“Things have changed. In Davutoglu’s idealogical framework, Israel soesn’t play a central role,” – Ofra Bengio, an expert on Turkey at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University.
According to Israeli daily Ha’aretz, Turkey is the most popular foreign destination for Israel tourists representing 13% of all departures and generating US$300 million in annual revenue. More than 500,000 Israeli Jews visit Turkey each year for beaches and cheap shopping. Yossi Fattal, head of Israel Tourist and Travel Agent Association, said that travellers’ boycott is unprecedented in Israel (since Peres’ outbusrt against Erdogan at Davos). He believes, however, that the impact will not be as severe as it appears now. “Israeli memory isn’t very long – half a year is like an ice age and the memory will fade.”
Now, how much impact the Israeli (population 7 million) boycott would have on Turkey (70 million) – would be interesting to watch. Turkey is home to over 26,000 Jews (second largest Jewish community in a Muslim-majority country – after Islamic Iran). Turkish Jews are (96% Sephardic, and the rest Ashkenazi and Kurds. However, they have carried immense power in the secular Turkey since WW I – as Christopher Jon Bjerknes wrote:
“Long before the ‘cultural revolution’ of communist china, and starting before the Bolshevik Jews of Russia destroyed Christianity and Christians in the Slavik World, the Doenmeh (the secret Jews of Turkey) and especially Mustafa Kemal (Attaturk), tried very hard to strip Turkey of its religion and its culture. It’s vital to World Jewry to prevent the Muslims of Turkey from taking back their nation and their faith and aligning themselves with their Muslim neighbours.”