A national Turkish TV channel agreed not to broadcast a video showing Israeli soccer fans cursing the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, fearing a potentially dangerous diplomatic crisis between Israel and Turkey.
According to Ynet, the Turkish 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 Prophet Mohammad 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.
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Last Mod: 31 Ağustos 2007, 12:26