Turkish anti-Israel mini-series aired
TV show depicts Israel supporting Turkish mafia to spread prostitution and drugs throughout the country.
By ETGAR LEFKOVITS, JPOST.COM STAFF
February 24, 2009 21:35
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(photo credit: Channel 2)
A new Turkish television miniseries being broadcast throughout the Arab world depicts Israel supporting the Turkish mafia to spread prostitution and drugs throughout the country.
The series comes a month after relations between Israel and Turkey hit a nadir after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been a leading and vitriolic critic of Israel's recent military offensive against Hamas in Gaza, stormed out of a panel discussion with President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
A clip of the miniseries was aired on Israel's Channel 2 TV news on Tuesday night.
The Turkish Jewish community recently said there were several Turkish TV programs that contained "harshly anti-Semitic rhetoric."
It also comes a little over a week after the Turkish Foreign Ministry called in Israeli envoy Gabi Levy to protest reports that IDF OC Ground Forces Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrahi sharply criticized Erdogan in a newspaper interview for his harsh condemnation of Israel during the Gaza operation.
IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi has since apologized to his Turkish counterpart for Mizrahi's criticism.