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(photo credit: Courtesy, Itzik Biran)
Death threats, allegedly from the Turkish NGO that helped organize the 2010 Gaza
protest flotilla, led to the cancellation of a concert in Istanbul by
Oscar-winning Israeli musician Yuval Ron, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported on
The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation has denied making the
threats, but confirmed that it did oppose the holding of the
Ron, the leader of a musical ensemble that includes Muslim,
Jewish and Christian artists, told Hurriyet on Friday, “I am very sorry, I had
to cancel the concert because of the safety of my team members.
cancellation of the concert will harm Turkey’s image in the world. But I want to
return to Turkey and realize this concert [in the future],” said Ron, who won
the 2007 Academy Award for Short Film for writing the music for West Bank
The concert, which was scheduled for Thursday night in Istanbul’s
Sultanahmet neighborhood, was canceled it because of threats from IHH, Hurriyet