June 3, 2010, - 2:38 pm
So sad, too bad. Constantinople’s, er . . .Turkey’s economy is suffering big-time from its actions in sponsoring the HAMAS Gaza war flotilla and video scenes of sundry Turkish barbarians trying to storm the Israeli Embassy in Istanbul. Israeli tourists are canceling and leaving in droves, and so are their shekels. And, as some citizens of Turkey are now learning, it hurts to support HAMAS.
Turkey’s HAMAS Gaza War Flotilla Costin’ Big Tourism Bucks
Israel’s Channel Two (it’s in Hebrew, so I’m giving you non-Hebrew speakers the talking points) reports that Israeli tourism is 2.5% of Turkey’s tourist industry. And hotels, spas, and tourist guides are hurting, particularly in Antalya in Southern Turkey, where whole hotels remain empty and the normally crowded poolside is abandoned. Antalya, Marmaris, and Bodrum, Turkey rely heavily on Israeli tourists in particular. And they are all suffering now. A Bodrum hotel owner says that Israeli tourists are 50-70% of his guests and that they all canceled. His hotel is largely empty, and he’s already lost a million dollars, he told Channel Two. It’s funny to hear the hotel owner blame the Israelis and not his own country’s policies toward Israel and his own fellow citizens’ violent riots at the Israeli Embassy. Watch the video, even if you don’t speak Hebrew, because the scenes are stark (and there is some English spoken by the Turks interviewed by phone). According to Channel Two, only 1,000 Israelis remain in Turkey, and most of them are leaving as soon as possible.
FYI, as I told you, for the last four years, the Turkish government produced and aired “Kurtlar Vadisi [Valley of the Wolves]” movies and TV shows vilifying Jews, Israel, and America, including showing Israeli Embassy officials as kidnappers and murderers of Turkish women and babies. No Israeli should have gone there. But some did, even after last year’s Turkish government attacks on Israel for going into Gaza in January 2009. Still, after that, Turkey also noticed a drop in tourism. This English language video, from 2009, shows that in spades.
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