Israel closes embassy in Turkey

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Israel today instructed its embassy in Turkey to close all diplomatic missions and headquarters in the country, Ma’an reported.

The news site said Israeli media had broadcast that the Foreign Ministry had requested the closure of the Israeli Embassy and consulates throughout Turkey for fear of a backlash as a result of the protests in Jerusalem and Israel’s restrictive actions at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Read: UN warns of escalation if no Al-Aqsa solution by Friday

The closure comes after two Jordanians were killed in the Israeli Embassy in Amman in clashes that led to the security guard being injured yesterday.

A high-ranking source in the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that the decision had been made with great care prior to the events in Amman, stressing this is temporary and will be cancelled if  the situation on the ground improves.



Israeli anger at Turkish embassy invitation for Shaikh Raed Salah

Sheikh Raed Salah - Also known as 'Sheikh Al-Aqsa'

Sheikh Raed Salah. [File photo]
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Israel’s foreign ministry has sent a harsh message to Turkey’s ambassador in Tel Aviv, Kemal Ökem, for inviting leading Palestinian activist Shaikh Raed Salah to break his fast at an Iftar function at the ambassador’s home, Ynet News reported on Friday.

The ministry’s anger was stirred by seeing a photograph on the embassy’s Twitter account taken at the reception which showed the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel and other Muslim figures standing alongside the ambassador.

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According to the Israeli website, political sources in Israel believe that the decision to invite Salah came from Ankara and not as a private initiative of Mr Ökem.

Shaikh Raed has been imprisoned by Israel on a number of occasions for his activism on behalf of Palestinian civil and human rights. He is known locally as “Shaikh of Al-Aqsa” for his activities to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque against the nefarious designs of Israeli extremists.

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