Palestine: “I Support Turkey”

The Turkish-led flotilla which attempted to break the blockade of Gaza has strained Turkish-Israeli relations, while gaining Turkey much respect in the Arab world. One Gaza blogger has decided to show her appreciation for Turkey's stance in a practical way – by starting a campaign to buy Turkish goods.

Samaher Khazendar writes:

سمعت خلال اليومين الماضيين كماً كبيراً من التقارير والتحليلات الإخبارية المتعلقة بالعلاقات التركية الإسرائيلية والمعلقة عليها، واسترعى انتباهي التركيز الكبير على كم الخسائر الاقتصادية التي ستلحق بالبلدين في حال تم قطع العلاقات التركية الإسرائيلية أو جزء منها، واهتممت بشكل خاص بتحليل لأحد الخبراء الإسرائيليين، والذي جاء فيه أن هناك تغيير فعلي سابق في المسار السياسي التركي، ترتب على عدم قدرة تركية على الانضمام للاتحاد الأوروبي، مما جعلها تلجأ للشرق لمحاولة تزعم العرب والمسلمين كبديل تعويضي.
During the last two days I have heard a great number of reports and news analyses concerning Turkish-Israeli relations and the issues dependent on them, and my attention was drawn to the strong focus on the economic losses that would be sustained by the two countries in the case of a complete or partial severing of Turkish-Israeli relations. I was particularly interested in the analysis of one Israeli expert, according to whom there was previously a real change in the direction of Turkish politics, a consequence of Turkey's inability [so far] to join the European Union; this has made it take refuge in the east, and attempt to lead Arabs and Muslims instead.
Gaza-Turkey solidarity flag

Gaza-Turkey solidarity flag (reproduced under Creative Commons licence)

She continues:

وخطر ببالي أننا نحن العرب والمسلمين وللأسف مستهلكين من الدرجة الأولى مع مرتبة الخزي المطلقة، ولا نملك الإرادة والقدرة على تغيير معطيات الواقع حولنا في الوقت الحالي، ولكن وركزوا معي بعد كلمة لكن، إذا كنا مضطرين لأن نكون مجرد مستهلكين لما يصنعه الغير، وإذا كان السيد رجب أردوغان يسعى لزعامة الشرق، وإذا كان هذا سيتأثر بشكل كبير إذا ما خسرت تركيا اقتصادياً بسبب مواقفها من إسرائيل، وإذا كانت عدم خسارة تركيا اقتصادياً أو سياسياً، بل العكس إذا انتعشت تركيا على الصعيدين الاقتصادي والسياسي فسيؤدي هذا في النهاية إلى .. خيبة أمل وخسارة وغيظ إسرائيل والولايات المتحدة الأمريكية ومن يتحالف معهما
It occurred to me that we Arabs and Muslims are unfortunately consumers of the first rank, with a full quota of disgrace; we are neither willing nor able to change the given facts around us at the current time. But focus with me on what is after the word “but”: if we are forced to simply be consumers of what others make, and if Mr Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seeks to lead the east, and if Turkey's stance on Israel will cause it great economic losses, and if Turkey were not to sustain losses economically or politically, but instead were strengthened both economically and politically, and if this were to lead in the end to the disappointment and fury of Israel and the United States and those allied with them…

Samaher informs us:

قررت أن أبدأ حملة لدعم المنتجات التركية والمواقف التركية والجدعنة التركية، حتى لو كانت هذه المواقف والجدعنة لأسباب خفية كما يدعي البعض، من هنا من غزة المحاصرة أدعوكم لتحاصروا عدونا وتنصروا من ينصرنا.
سيكون شعار الحملة
ادعم تركيا وقاطع أمريكا وإسرائيل
I have decided to start a campaign to support Turkish products, and Turkey's stance and its boldness, even if these are for unseen reasons as some say. From here, from Gaza under blockade, I call on you to blockade our enemy and help those who help us.
The campaign slogan will be: I support Turkey and boycott America and Israel.

Samaher gives a link for a website selling Turkish products made by different producers, and ends by saying:

كن حراً وشارك .. دائماً هناك بديل
Be free, take part – there is always an alternative.


  • Thank You very much Ayesha …

    I’d like to add that a friend of mine has created a groub on Facebook too .. fine it on the following link please:

    under the title of:
    I Support Turkish Products انا ادعم المنتجات التركية

    I invite every body likes and believes in the idea to join the groub to show thier support and to give her / his views for gaining more publicity and popularity..

    Thank you again and accept my respect

    from (hopfully not for long) besiged Gaza …


  • Palestinian

    why not, let us support Turkey :)

  • Samia

    Thats a wonderful job from you Ayesha really thank you very much

    For translation this subject ” Compaign support Turkish products ” that will make the western world understood it and the invitation for support the turkish products will include all the world ” western and arabic world ” .
    So I send this subject in Arabic and English for all my friends in my E-Mail and every one send it again to their friends , thats means that we publish this Campaign for support Turkish products to everyone as much as possible .

    thanks again Ayesha

    with all my best wishes and my respect to you and to everyone interested in this Compaign .


  • Palestina

    wonderfull job :) keep on

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