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US, Turkey divided on Israel after PM Erdoğan’s Zionism remarks

Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey reports: Newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s talks in Ankara could have displayed a rosy picture, since it was his first rendezvous with the Turkish leadership in his current capacity, yet Washington’s strong uneasiness over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s likening Zionism to crimes against humanity dominated the talks. While publicly labeling the remarks by Erdoğan as “objectionable,” Kerry also delivered a carefully tailored warning to his country’s NATO ally over significance of freedom of expression for reaching to democratic standards. “We not only disagree with it, we found it objectionable,” Kerry said on March 1 at a joint press conference following talks with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, as he noted that he had raised the issue directly with Davutoğlu and would do so with Erdoğan during his meeting, which was scheduled to take place shortly after the press conference.

Senior Turkish politician chooses Israel for stem cell treatment

Israel 21c reports: Former Finance Minister of Turkey, Kemal Unakıtan, was in Israel recently to undergo groundbreaking renal insufficiency treatments. Turkish media reported that Unakitan, a senior member of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government in 2002-2009, spent nearly two-and-a-half months in Tel Aviv at the International Center for Cell Therapy & Cancer Immunotherapy (CTCI). Israel’s stem cell treatments are considered groundbreaking and among the best in the world. Should the CTCI therapies work, Unakitan will be able to be weaned off dialysis and avoid a kidney transplant, Yediot Aharonot reported. According to Turkish media, Unakitan is scheduled to return to Israel in the near future for another round of therapies.

Israeli group to invest 500 million euros in Crete tourism project

eTurbo News reports: An Israeli business group intends to develop a tourism investment worth 500 million euros on a 2.5-square kilometer plot on the island of Crete, its representative has told the mayor of Hersonissos, Zacharias Doxastakis… The investment program provides for the creation and operation of a five-star hotel unit comprising luxury tourism accommodation, a conference center, a spa, sports facilities, a shopping mall, a Cretan theme park and a casino.

Canadian and Israeli Navies conduct joint exercise

Canada’s National Defence and the Canadian Forces report: Recently, five Canadian sailors from HMCS Toronto were afforded the opportunity to conduct a short exchange with counterparts from the Israeli Navy onboard INS Kidon during Exercise Gold Star. Toronto sent five sailors to Kidon while Kidon sent seven sailors to Toronto. These exchanges are a very important way for navies to interact with one another. It gives excellent insight into the operating procedures of allies so that when they are called on to work together in an operational capacity, they are aware of what is happening on the other vessel and they know what to expect… “It was an exceptional opportunity to work with our friends in the Israeli Navy, sharing ideas and medical procedures that can benefit both countries,” said Commander David Patchell, HMCS Toronto’s Commanding Officer, about the opportunity to operate with the Israeli Navy. “These types of exercises clearly demonstrate Canada’s capacity and willingness to operate with our friends. The Israeli Navy was extremely professional and welcoming in working with Toronto. In an ever-changing and dynamic security environment, it is vital that we are capable of working side by side with our allies from around the world.”

Gaza rocket strikes after inmate death

The Standard, Hong Kong reports: Gaza militants from Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades fired a rocket at Israel as a “preliminary response” after one of its members died in an Israeli jail. It was the first time a Gaza rocket had struck southern Israel in more than three months. The rocket hit a road in the port city of Ashkelon and no one was injured. Following weeks of anger in support of four prisoners on long-term hunger strike, the issue came to head on Saturday with news that Arafat Jaradat, 30 – who had been interrogated for throwing stones – died in custody. His death sparked angry protests across the West Bank, with Palestinian prisoner affairs minister Issa Qaraqaa saying preliminary autopsy results showed he died “as a result of torture.” Militants from al-Aqsa Brigades, an armed offshoot of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, vowed revenge, with the group claiming yesterday’s rocket as a first response.

Christian-Muslim tension flares in southern Egypt

The Daily Star, Lebanon reports: Dozens of Muslim residents threw firebombs and rocks at police on Friday as they tried to storm a church in southern Egypt in search of a woman suspected of converting to Christianity, security officials said. Clashes between Copts and Muslims usually are sparked by disputes over rumors of conversion, Muslim-Christian love affairs and the construction of churches. Violence between Egypt’s Christians and Muslims has risen in the past two years in the wake of the country’s uprising that ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak, but also weakened security across the nation. Officials said 11 policemen were wounded in the clashes in the town of Kom Ombo, which is near Aswan High Dam, about 980 kilometers (608 miles) south of Cairo. Coptic Christian activist Ibrahim Louis said 12 Christians also were wounded, including one man who was in serious condition.

Cancer cases on rise after Zionist regime’s 22-day war on Gaza

IRIB, Iran reports: That Gaza has witnessed a surge in the number of cancer patients as the Israeli regime’s use of banned weapons during the 22-day war in 2008-2009 continues to take its toll on the coastal enclave. Ayman Sahabani, a doctor at al-Shifa hospital in the Gaza Strip, told Press TV: “We have noticed an increase in the number of deformed babies after the war as well as a sharp increase in the number of cancer patients, especially among children and women.” He added: “The types of injuries during the Zionist regime’s bombings all showed that the weapons used were internationally banned and unconventional.” Norwegian doctors who volunteered in hospitals during the Israeli regime’s onslaught said some victims had traces of depleted uranium in their bodies. According to reports, cancer cases usually emerge among the Gazans who lived in the areas that were heavily bombarded by the Zionist regime military during the deadly war.

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