ANKARA, Turkey — The Turkish protest ship that was the scene of bloodshed during Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla is now the setting of an anti-Israeli film.
Part of a movie is being filmed on board the Mavi Marmara, where Israeli troops clashed with the pro-Palestinian activists, Salih Bilici, a spokesman for the Turkish Islamic charity that sponsored the flotilla, told The Associated Press on Sunday.
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The movie Valley of the Wolves — Palestine is a spinoff from the controversial but highly popular TV drama series Valley of the Wolves, which tells the story of a nationalist undercover agent assigned to kill state enemies. The series sparked a diplomatic row between Turkey and Israel this year after one episode showed Israeli security forces kidnapping children and shooting old men.
This time, the hero Polat Alemdar and his team are given the task of
hunting down the raid's military commander and planner, a fictional
character called Mose Ben Eliezer, according to the film's website.
"Mose destroys villages, kills children and throws everyone who helps Polat into prison," it says.
In Israel, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and Foreign Ministry
spokesman Yigal Palmor declined comment. No one was available at the
Pana production company Sunday.
Bilici said the crew was currently filming an enactment of the raid aboard the Mavi Marmara
that shows activists performing early morning prayers when an Israeli
helicopter approaches and soldiers rappel on board and shoot at them,
The movie's release is scheduled for January 28.
In the early years of the TV series, upset fans held a minute of silence
in the memory of one of the heroes who was killed off. They had
obituaries printed in newspaper expressing their grief, while a gang of
angry youths beat up the actor who played his killer.