Israeli team faces protests in Turkey
Old 01-06-2009, 03:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP)—An Israeli basketball team fled to the locker room Tuesday as hundreds of fist-pumping, chanting Turkish fans protested the violence in Gaza.

The European Cup game between Bnei Hasharon and Turk Telekom was postponed because the Israeli team did not return to the court. There was no word on when or where the game would be played.

The fans chanted “God is Great” and “Killer Israel.” At least one fan threw his shoe at Israeli players but police used riot shields to protect them as they left the court. The Turkish players also headed to the locker room.

A pro-Islamic group earlier set an Israeli flag on fire outside the arena.

Turkey has harshly criticized Israel over the ground offensive in Gaza and has urged an immediate cease-fire in the Palestinian territory. It has also called on the United Nations to take steps to end the violence.

Israel says it acted to stop rocket attacks from Islamic Hamas militants.

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Old 01-06-2009, 04:16 PM   #2 (permalink)

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stupid stupid...

Whatever one's political views are, they shouldn't be taken out on some people who couldn't be further removed from the cause.

You're right though Bel. I've seen footage of some Turkish sports fans - hell any european sports fans. Some take things way too far.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Funny since when the Ottoman empire ruled the middle east they treated palastinians just as badly if not worse then the Jews do, and a big portion of the Muslim world doesnt see Turks as true muslims.

On top of that, these guys are just there to play basketball, you dont know their political views, they dont deserve that disrespect.
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