FM summons ambassador in Ankara over anti-Israeli Turkish TV show

FM summons ambassador to

October 14, 2009 22:38


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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday summoned Israel's ambassador to Turkey for a discussion concerning the anti-Israeli drama 'Ayrilik' ('Farewell'), which recently aired on Ankara's popular state-run television channel TRT1. The show, which centers on a love triangle taking place amid clashes between Palestinians and IDF soldiers during Operation Cast Lead, portrays Israel's security forces as heartless killers. "[The show] is incitement to the gravest degree, even graver because it airs on national television," said Lieberman on Wednesday, adding that the show "portrays Israel as a murderer of children." Although the armed conflict in Gaza is not the focal point of the series, episodes include many violent scenes, among them graphic depictions of the killing of children and abuse of women at IDF checkpoints.

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