Israeli volleyball team attacked in Turkey

Sunday, July 25, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

An Israeli women's volleyball team was assailed by violent protestors while playing an international match against Serbia in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Saturday.

Turkish rioters carrying Palestinian flags clashed with a large police force deployed at the event. The demonstrators also carried posters of Furkan Dogan, the youngest of nine so-called "peace activists" who were killed while attacking an Israeli boarding party that intercepted a Turkish-sponsored flotilla trying to break the maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Israel last week lifted a travel advisory warning Israelis not to visit Turkey in the wake of the May 31 flotilla incident. Saturday's attack suggested the travel advisory may have been lifted prematurely, and that Israelis visiting Turkey could still find themselves in danger simply for being Israeli.

Turkish hostility toward Israel has been mounting for some time, and the flotilla incident was merely an excuse to escalate it further. In February of this year, months before the flotilla incident, an Israeli basketball team playing in Turkey was pelted with glass bottles and forced to flee the court during a game.

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