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Turkish-Israeli relations remain fragile

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12.07.2018

An Israeli military court charged Turkish citizen Ebru Ozkan, 27, on Sunday, claiming that she had smuggled hundreds of US dollars and expensive perfumes to Hamas in the occupied Palestinian territories, local media reported. The lawyer, friends and relatives of the woman, who was arrested at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on 11 June at the end of a trip spent mainly in Jerusalem, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque, denied the charges and insisted that her detention is political.

That looks very likely, given the recent timeline of Turkish-Israeli relations as well as Israeli-Arab relations. Ozkan’s arrest, as with that of other Turkish citizens recently, has to have had political motives.

The Israeli prosecution has claimed that Ozkan posed a threat to national security and has ties to terror groups, having smuggled $500, expensive perfume and a mobile phone charger to Palestinian terrorists in the occupied West Bank.

Read: Israel plans to cut off Turkey’s helping hand to Jerusalemites

How will such items serve terrorists? What “terrorist” acts would such a very small amount of money fund? What would a “terrorist” do with perfume? What kind of mobile phone charger — there are, surely hundreds of styles available in the West Bank, — was smuggled by this Turkish woman?

Her lawyer, Omar Khamaisi, was surprised at Ozkan’s indictment. “Come on, really?” he told Reuters. “I think that in this the case the decision will ultimately be a brave one; to........

© Middle East Monitor