Report: As Tensions With Israel Peak Over Gaza, Turkey Hands Out Money to East Jerusalem Arabs
Amid heightened tensions between Ankara and Jerusalem following last week’s violence on the Gaza border in which several dozen Palestinian rioters were killed by IDF troops, a Turkish government body has been handing out money to Arab residents of the Israeli capital, it was reported on Tuesday.
According to Israel Hayom, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency has distributed a total of $420,000 — in disbursements of $500 checks — as Ramadan gifts.
Turkish flags with the name of the agency on them have also appeared at the entrances of Arab-owned businesses in eastern Jerusalem, the Israel Hayom report said.
Maor Tzemach — the head of the Lach Yerushalayim organization — told Israel Hayom that his group was “monitoring Turkish activity in east Jerusalem, and we’ve identified TIKA as promoting Turkey’s radical views in Jerusalem. This organization pours millions of shekels into social activism, interfering in and undercutting Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem.”
“Now is the time to define clear-cut limits to Turkish involvement in Jerusalem,” Tzemach continued. “I’m calling to block the flow of Turkish money to Jerusalem through these organizations and wage all-out war against Turkish interference in the capital.”