(AMP 6/22/2010) – For the past several years, Turkey has consistently thrown its support behind Palestine by publicly denouncing Israel’s illegal occupation, by trying to break the siege on Gaza, and simply by speaking out about Israel’s illegal, unjust and inhumane treatment of the occupied Palestinians.
After Israel’s deadly attack on the Freedom Flotilla on May 31, in which nine unarmed Turkish civilians were killed, Turkish officials roundly criticized Israel for its actions, which occurred illegally in international waters, and demanded an apology.
But instead of an apology, Israel has begun a systematic boycott of Turkish goods, extending all the way to tourism. The largest supermarket chains in Israel have taken Turkish products off their shelves and are refusing to sell certain products to the Turkish market. Tourism has been greatly affected as Israelis are cancelling their vacations in large numbers.
The purpose of these actions is to foster negative economic and financial consequences in Turkey for its support of Palestinian justice and liberty.
IT IS IMPERATIVE SUPPORT TURKEY BY PURCHASING TURKISH PRODUCTS OR BY INCLUDING TURKEY AS A DESTINATION IN OUR VACATION PLANS.
- If you are planning on taking a vacation, seriously consider traveling to Turkey, which is reeling under massive cancelations
from Israeli tourists.
- Make a concerted effort to buy Turkish products.
- Turkish products are sold mainly in Indo-Pakistani, Greek, Arab and other ethnic grocery stores.
- Brand names include: Ulker, Eti, Saray, Marco Polo, Kirlangic, Koska, Hazer Baba, Tukas and Tat.
- The Halk brand is widely sold in stores as petit beurre biscuits, cheese, and confectionary.
- A majority of the imports to the U.S. of hazelnut, apricot and a large portion of figs are from Turkey.
- For a list of more Turkish products, go to http://www.tulumba.com/ or http://www.bestturkishfood.com.
- For a list of Turkish businesses and industry, go to www.turkishtradechicago.org.
The American Muslims for Palestine is a national, grassroots organizations, whose mission is to educate the American public on issues relating to Palestine and its rich cultural heritage. For more information, contact Kristin Szremski, director of media and communications, at 708.598.4267, ext. 22 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .