Sports & politics hit fever pitch in Turkey
by NYDaily News, 16 January 2009

Bnei Hasharon, an Israeli basketball team that was scheduled to play a Jan. 6 Eurocup game in Ankara, fled just before tip-off after 3,000 fist-pumping Turkish fans stormed the court to protest Israel’s military actions in Gaza.  Bnei Hasharon was supposed to play a Turkish team called Turk Telekom but the players were trapped in their locker room for more than two hours. Fans threw shoes at the players - as President Bush recently learned, the ultimate sign of disrespect in the Muslim world - and shouted “Israeli killers” and “Allah Akbar” (God is great) during the outburst.

“I’ve been through a lot in my career, but never anything like this,” Bnei Hasharon captain Meir Tapiro said.

Here’s a report on the incident from a Turkish television outlet.

You don’t need to speak Turkish to understand that this turned ugly.

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"Israel's Bnei Hasharon basketball team departed from Turkey early on Wednesday after their game with Turk Telekom in Euro Cup was suspended on Tuesday due to heavy protest by audience."

from Turkish Weekly


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