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Turkish TV series angers female prisoners

April 5, 2010 1:02 P.M. (Updated: April 7, 2010 3:40 P.M.)
Salfit – Ma'an – Female Palestinian prisoners in Israel's custody have demanded that the Dubai-based satellite network MBC stop broadcasting a Turkish TV series that they say distorts the reality of female prisoners and their struggle.

In an appeal sent to the Palestinian Prisoner's Society, a female prisoner demanded that the director of the Rock's Cry series apologize to the Palestinian people for a scene showing a Palestinian prisoner, Miryam, raped by Israeli soldiers.

On behalf of other female detainees, she asserted that female Palestinian prisoners had worked hard for years to secure their effective participation in the Palestinian struggle. She insisted that the basis of the series was misleading and had nothing to do with reality.

"The series is full of misconceptions, like when it shows how a female prisoner’s family killed her upon release," she added, highlighting that Palestinian families tend to embrace their freed relatives.

"Showing a female Palestinian prisoner being raped is only an attempt to distort the image of female prisoners and to undermine their heroic role in resistance. This is humiliating to the entire Palestinian people and only serves the occupation," the prisoner added.

She also said the series ignored many major leaders who played a basic role in the Palestinian struggle before their deaths, such as President Yasser Arafat, Secretary-General Abu Ali Mustafa of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hamas leader and founder Ahmad Yasin, and Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shuqaqi.

The detainee's plea came as Turkey moved to name a new ambassador to Israel.

Turkish television quoted by Israeli news media reported Sunday that the new envoy would replace Ambassador Ahmet Oguz Celikkol, who was humiliated in Israel earlier this year after Israel became angered by another Turkish TV series, Valley of the Wolves, which depicted soldiers killing a Palestinian girl.

The private NTV reported that Celikkol, who held the post for less than a year, will be replaced this summer by Kerim Uras, a diplomat and expert on Middle Eastern affairs, the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

A telegram sent from Israel's embassy in Ankara to Jerusalem indicated that a "reliable source" had reported that the ambassador had been transferred due to a "loss of trust" in Israeli officials, the newspaper reported.

In February, Turkey announced that Celikkol had asked to quit following a diplomatic crisis initiated by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, who placed the ambassador on a chair lower than his own and told reporters to document it. At the time, Ayalon expressed regret over the decision.
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