A group of top Turkish officials on Monday arrested Israeli footballer Sagiv Jehezkel on charges of inciting serious violence after he showed good behavior towards people taken hostage by the Hamas terrorist organization during a top league match. Israeli footballer Sagiv Jehezkel has been released from custody pending the trial in court.
Antalyaspor player Sagiv Jehjekal was detained and interrogated late on Sunday night after Sagiv Jehjekal wore a band with the words “100 days 7.10” on his wrist shown to spectators during the match. – Regarding the October 7 attack, last year on October 7, Israel was attacked by Hamas and all the hostages were kidnapped in the attack – next to a Star of David.
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Twenty-eight-year-old international Israeli footballer Sagiv Jehjekal has told police officers during interrogation that he was only calling during the match for a peaceful end to the Israel-Hamas total war.
Turkish Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc said late on Sunday that Israeli footballer Sagiv Jehjekal’s alleged involvement in “openly inciting violence and hostility to spectators” is being investigated by the top agency.
Turkish Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc said in a statement posted on social media platform X that Israeli footballer Sagiv Jehjekal had made “an ugly gesture in support of Israeli violence in Gaza.” Sagiv’s ugly gesture has been considered provocative and inflammatory in Turkey, as the ugly gesture has drawn widespread public opposition to Israeli military actions in Gaza and has drawn the most support for Palestinians in the protests.
Antalyaspor Football Club has suspended Israeli footballer Sagiv Jehjekal, excluding him from the club’s squad with immediate effect and the club has also announced the possibility of terminating the contract of Israeli footballer Sagiv Jehjekal. Talks are being held with the lawyers of Antalyaspor Football Club.
Israeli footballer Sagiv Jehjekal is expected to return to Israel with all of his family members via a private jet by the end of the day, Turkish private NTV television reports.
According to a full report by Turkey’s private news agency DHA, even during strict interrogation by Turkish police officers, Israeli footballer Sagiv Jehjekal denied all allegations that he was involved in any kind of inciting activities.
Turkey’s private news agency DHA quoted Turkish police as saying, “I am not a supporter of war.” “I want this 100-day process to end. I want the war to end.” Jehjekal further said: “I have not been involved in anything related to politics since my arrival. Since the day I arrived I have never disrespected anyone. The point I wanted to draw attention to was the war. There was (need to be) an end to it.”
The move was severely condemned by the Turkish Football Federation, calling it a move that “disturbed the conscience” of the Turkish public.
During the entire case, the arrest of Israeli footballer Sagiv Hezekiel has caused huge outrage in the country of Israel.
The Israeli government’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz also called on the international community and sports groups to take significant action against the Turkish country and its “political use of extreme violence and threats against athletes”.
Israeli Foreign Minister Israel said “Whoever arrests a football player for showing solidarity with 136 detainees held for more than 100 days by terrorists from a murderous terrorist organization represents a culture of murder and hatred.”
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant has described the detention of Israeli footballer Sagiv Jezekiel as “reprehensible”. “In its functions, Turkiye serves as the executive branch of Hamas,” Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant wrote on X.
“Turkish authorities charge Israeli soccer star Sagiv Jehezkel with inciting hatred over Gaza solidarity”.
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