Israeli Footballer Zehavi Departs Turkey Following Detention Over Political Gesture



Israeli footballer Zagi Jehezkel has left Turkey after being detained by Turkish authorities for a gesture made during a match that was interpreted as inciting hatred. He was showing solidarity with Israeli hostages held by Hamas by displaying a bandage with the Star of David and a message. He was released and returned to Israel, with his club Antalyaspor subsequently terminating his contract. This incident has stirred up the media and could potentially have implications for Israel-Turkey relations, which are already tense despite thriving trade between the two nations.

  • Israeli footballer Zagi Jehezkel was detained in Turkey for a gesture interpreted as inciting public hatred.
  • The gesture was made during a football match, where Jehezkel showed a bandage with the Star of David and a message referencing Israeli hostages held by Hamas.
  • Jehezkel was taken into custody after the match but has since returned to Israel.
  • His club, Antalyaspor, has annulled his contract following the incident.
  • Trade between Israel and Turkey has increased despite the ongoing political tensions.
  • The Turkish Foreign Minister views the continuation of trade as a pragmatic choice beyond political conflicts.

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