Posts Tagged ‘Moderate Secular Turkey™’
Israeli jazz artist Itamar Erez and his ensemble have been forced to cancel a weekend show in Turkey due to alleged threats from pro-Islamic protesters.
The ensemble was expected to take the stage as part of the ongoing Akbank Jazz Days.
Erez said Sunday that his Adama ensemble was to have played in Istanbul over the weekend but added that after the Israeli consulate publicized the show, it drew the attention of anti-Israel radicals who threatened to disrupt it. Erez said the ensemble canceled the show at Akbank Sanat’s suggestion. Read the rest of this entry »
Ah, the Gaza Flotilla again. We sometimes wonder how they manage to keep a straight face. More serial lying for Allah from the government-endorsed Turkish branch of Hamas:
The Mavi Marmara, which had been scheduled to lead the second Gaza flotilla, will not participate in this year’s attempt to break Israel’s blockade of the strip “due to technical issues,” according to organisers.
“I want to make it clear why the Mavi Marmara is not sailing with the Gaza flotilla: The exact reason has nothing to do with the government or the state, it is exactly about the technical problems. The Israelis, unbelievably [Yes. - Ed], damaged our vessel, the Mavi Marmara [last year],” Bülent Yıldırım, head of the IHH nongovernmental organisation, which was organising the ship’s participation in the flotilla, told a press conference Friday at İHH headquarters in Istanbul.
The announcement comes one day after the Hürriyet Daily News reported that pressure from the Turkish government on the İHH to cancel its plans were creating divisions within the group. On Tuesday, the İHH told the Daily News that they were reconsidering their plans to send the flotilla, citing Syrian humanitarian issues as possibly necessitating a reprioritisation of İHH aid. Read the rest of this entry »
Flotidiot terror supporters IHH (the militant wing of Erdoǧanism) are at it again (Hat tip: Sheikh Yermami):
A Turkish concert meant to bridge the religious divide between Jews, Christians and Muslims was canceled at the last minute Thursday due to pressure from a Turkish ‘humanitarian’ NGO, according to a Channel 10 report.
Members of the Turkish Humanitarian Relief foundation (IHH) along with other Islamic organisations demanded that organisers cancel the “Three Religions” concert to be held in Istanbul, claiming that Israeli participation in the event was “unacceptable”.
“This [the call for cancellation of the concert] is an act of people and not the government,” Hussein Arutch told Channel 10, identifying himself as an IHH member who was aboard the Mavi Marmara Gaza-bound flotilla last year. Nine activists were killed by Israel Defense Forces soldiers when the ship attempted to breach a naval blockade on Gaza in May of last year. Read the rest of this entry »
Sagacious, um, advice to women on Muslim sexual harassment, widespread in Turkey:
Women complaining about sexual harassment on the streets of the eastern province of Muş should deal with the problem by simply staying at home, the province’s mayor has said.
“Do not walk around, sit in your homes,” 71-year-old Justice and Development Party, or AKP, Turkish Mayor Necmittin Dede recently told Muş representatives of the Women’s Center, or KAMER, when they told authorities that high employment in the city had resulted in men spilling out of the overcrowded teahouses in the area to verbally harass female passersby.
KAMER representatives said they had enjoyed success in cooperating with local police on women’s issues, but added that public institutions, such as the one led by the mayor, remained indifferent to their cause. Read the rest of this entry »
Several thousand opponents of the proposed Turkish internet censorship bid, set to take effect in Turkey in August, marched in protest in Istanbul on Sunday.
Demonstrators carried signs in Turkish and English reading “Don’t touch my Internet” and “We don’t need protection,” while they chanted slogans against website censorship.
Internet users must choose among four filtering options, including family, children, domestic or standard settings, as a part of Turkey’s “Safe Internet Service.” Read the rest of this entry »