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    Turkish reporter who joined Maccabi Tel Aviv s trip to Turkey records group of fans singing songs against Muhammad, Muslims. TV channel decides to shelve video
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1 10:46 AM
      Turkish reporter who joined Maccabi Tel Aviv's trip to Turkey records
      group of fans singing songs against Muhammad, Muslims. TV channel
      decides to shelve video in order to avoid possible flare-up

      Israeli soccer fans filmed cursing Prophet Muhammad
      Rotem Grossman
      Israel News

      TURKEY – A serious and potentially dangerous diplomatic incident
      between Israel and Turkey was prevented Wednesday, after a national
      Turkish TV channel agreed not to broadcast a video showing Israeli
      soccer fans cursing the Prophet Muhammad.

      The network decided to shelve the tape following appeals from senior
      government officials.

      The video was filmed by a Turkish reporter of Channel 24, Elif Ural,
      who accompanied the Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer team on its flight from
      Israel to the Turkish town of Kayseri, where it is scheduled to play
      against local team Erciyesstor Thursday evening.

      A group of fans who were on the plane with the team were caught on
      video singing songs against Muhammad and Muslims.

      Ural, who has been living in Israel for the past three years as the
      network's Mideast correspondent, was deeply offended by what she
      witnessed and heard, and by the club's officials' failure to intervene
      and put an end to the offensive behavior.

      "The decision not to broadcast the video was the right one and I don't
      have a problem with it," Ural said. "There is really no need to risk
      relations between Israel and Turkey because of 10 idiots. I understood
      that if the incident is published, the potential for a violent
      outbreak at the stadium and in the city could grow significantly. But
      what I felt on the plane would be very hard to forget."

      Ural plans to speak with the club's chairman, Lonnie Hercikowicz, and
      complain about the incident."He needs to make it clear to his people
      that they should be no less committed than him to civility and mutual
      respect," she stated.



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