Israeli Heavy Metal Band to Become Turkish CitizensPosted: September 2, 2012
This piece is posted by an Israel news site. Before I let you read it, I want to say a thing or two.
There are a lot of people who immigrated to Israel from Turkey after foundation of the state. If you wonder from where and how Jewish people came into Turkey in the first place, well I don’t want to turn this into a history lecture so I immadeatly cut to the chase, they are accepted by Ottoman Empire after they exiled. (Like in the case of Polish) They have lived in peace with local muslim community and the state causing almost none recorded uprisings. And their grandsons or granddaughters still carry both Turkish and Israel passport. I have several friends who has both citizenships. Therefore, as long as Israel state hate Turks, this is not the situation between Turksih and Israel people. I came accross this ‘news’ and found it interesting. One last note: The things you are about read about Mavi Marmara is just about pure hatred and false information.
Israeli Heavy Metal Band to Become Turkish Citizens
An Israel heavy metal band decides loving Turkey is not enough. They intend to take out Turkish citizenship.
The band calls itself “Orphaned Land” is one of Turkey’s favorites, according to the National Turk website.
Turkish-Israeli relations sank to new depths after the 2010 flotilla clash between IHH terrorists on the Mavi Marmara ship and Israeli Navy commandos trying to stop it from breaking the anti-terrorist maritime embargo on Hamas-controlled Gaza. Three commandos were kidnapped by the IHH passengers, who brutally assaulted the soldiers. The commandos eventually were able to regain control of the boat and overcome their attackers, nine of whom were killed.
Despite venomous anti-Israel feelings in Turkey, the band continued to be popular, even when it sang in Hebrew. .
Orphaned Land vocalist Kobi Farhi said in a 2010 concert in Istanbul, “The Mavi Marmara incident broke my heart so much; I cried for days.”
The band members’ intentions to become Turkish citizens are serious.
Israeli Band Orphaned Land will give their next concert in Turkey as Turkish citizens. “Orphaned Land will perform in another concert in Turkey in September,” the band’s manager announced. “I hope the process will run properly and Orphaned Land will be in their second homeland, Turkey, as Turkish citizens for the next concert.”
Orphaned Land performs several times a year in Turkey. Many Arab countries do not allow Israeli musicians to enter, causing Arabs from Turkey’s neighboring countries totravel there for Orphaned Land performances.
“We’re always glad to return to Turkey, and not only are we not afraid – we feel at homethere,” according to Fahri. “There are people there who sing with us in Hebrew and we don’t face any hostility in Turkey.”