According to an article in the Wall St Journal, “Imam Fethullah Gülen, a controversial and reclusive U.S. resident who is considered Turkey’s most influential religious leader, criticized a Turkish-led flotilla for trying to deliver aid without Israel’s consent.” … “Mr. Gülen said organizers’ failure to seek accord with Israel before attempting to deliver aid “is a sign of defying authority, and will not lead to fruitful matters.”
The article, which is here, is a reminder of some of the complexities of Turkey.
.. and I thought “Terk in America” was just a great Klezmer tune ,.. as performed in a medley here. .. by Julien Petit, soprano saxophone, and Rémy Yulzari, double bass, members of the French “Trio Klezele”. The “Terk In America” was originally recorded by Naftule Brandwein in 1924 and it is based on a popular Greek-Turkish melody named Uskudar. On the piano Mula Sajevich, Israeli composer and arranger. Recorded by Arik Nitsan during the seminar “Clarinet and Klezmer in Galilee” 2009, in Israel. .. and another fun version, by Baba Ganush
.. Meanwhile back to the Flotilla, evidence points to mercenaries being aboard the Turkish ship that turned violent, David Horowitz provides an overall assessment. and a US Congressman provides a strong message of support for Israel.