World Bulletin / News Desk
Thousands of Turks gathered in the Turkish capital Ankara after Friday prayers to protest at Israeli attacks on Gaza.
Crowds gathered outside the historic Haci Bayram Veli mosque to call on the Turkish government to cut all ties with Israel.
Demonstrators called for the Israeli embassy in Ankara to be closed; an end to all commercial links; and the recall and punishment of any Turkish nationals complicit in the attacks on Gaza.
The last Friday of Ramadan in Turkey witnessed massive protests across the country as people left Friday prayers.
Turkish enterpreneurs said they would back a boycott of Israeli goods in response to Israel's recent military attack on Gaza which killed 828 Palestinians on Friday's count.
A worldwide boycott can affect the Israeli economy, entrepreneurs from the Anatolian Businesspersons' Association and Istanbul Commodity Exchange told Anadolu Agency on Friday.
Since July 7, Israel has bombarded Gaza and began a ground offensive on Thursday resulting in deaths of at least 828 Palestinians, 5260 injuries of Palestinians, and 34 Israelis – 32 soldiers and two civilians – have been killed since hostilities began.
Municipalities from many regions of Turkey have called for the boycott of Israeli goods and urge the public not to buy them. They announced a list of goods produced in Israel or by companies closely linked to Israel through social media posts.
Istanbul Commodity Exchange Chairman Ali Kopuz said Muslims all around the world have been boycotting the products of Israeli origin to a degree that can leave permanent damage on the country's economy.
"Systematic boycotts in Islamic countries may bring financial crisis to Israel," said Kopuz adding such a crisis could possibly be followed by bankruptcy in the banking and financial sectors.
Pointing to the increasing number of Palestinian deaths, he said he believed the boycotts should be maintained in a determined way to show support for Palestine.
No country can resist the boycotts and protests for long if they are done consciously and persistently, said Mustafa Koca, the Chairman of Anatolian Businesspersons' Association.
He suggested that the exact names of all products which serve Zionist circles be identified in order to keep a goal-oriented process of boycotting.
Meanwhile, Board Chairman of Turkish Retailers Federation Mustafa Altunbilek said in an issued written statement to the Turkish authorities that he is expecting a clear list of Israeli companies to be detailed.Last Mod: 26 Temmuz 2014, 16:55