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A Turkish TV series provoked the wrath of Israel


ANKARA - A Turkish television series that has provoked the wrath of Israel has been sold to Arab channels which begin to broadcast Saturday, said Friday an official of the company that produces the series.

  •    Thirteen episodes of the series entitled Ayrilik (Separation), were sold to the TV channel MBCF1 MBC Group, a company of Saudi pan-Arab television, and television in Dubai, said by telephone from Istanbul Kaya Zafer Okay, artistic director of Cagla Productions.
       The Saudi channel plans to broadcast the series on Saturday and that of Dubai, "very concerned from the outset by the project in the near future," said Okay.
       Israel had protested in October against the spread of the series on public television of Turkey (TRT), denouncing an "incitement to hatred against Israel."
       The film shows Israeli soldiers, cutting down coldly a newborn in the arms of his father, or killing coldly Palestinian people.
       The producer spends 13 episodes to several conflicts of interest to the Turks, including the Middle East, Chechnya or the Azeri-Armenian war.
       Turkey, a Muslim but secular country, has long been a regional ally of Israel.
       But their relationship deteriorated after the Israeli offensive in Ghaza, strongly criticized by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
       Another Turkish soap opera, "Valley of the Wolves" had caused a new crisis between the two countries earlier this year.
       The Turkish ambassador to Israel had been humiliated by the Israeli Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Danny Ayalon, who wanted to protest against the series deemed "anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic.
       Turkey, which had threatened to recall its ambassador, had finally got an apology from Israel.

  • Ennaharonline/ M. O.

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