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Turning the Tables: MK Asks to Help Syrian Refugees in Turkey

Dep. Min. Ayoub Kara of the Likud is seeking, possibly with tongue in cheek, to alleviate the plight of the refugees from Assad’s Syria in Turkey.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 6/15/2011, 5:09 PM / Last Update: 6/15/2011, 6:03 PM

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Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara of the Likud is seeking, possibly with tongue in cheek, to alleviate the plight of the refugees from Assad’s Syria. In a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, Kara asks for permission to send humanitarian aid to the Syrians who have found refuge in southern Turkey.

It will be recalled that Turkish organizations, including the terrorist-affiliated IHH, stood behind last year’s so-called humanitarian flotilla to Gaza; passengers on board a Turkish ship attacked Israeli soldiers when the latter sought to enforce the legal blockade and ordered the ship to reverse course. Weapons including guns were found on board. Turkey was unapologetic.

Kara, the Deputy Minister for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee, and a member of Israel’s Druze community, submitted his letter to Erdogan via the Turkish Ambassador in Israel.

“In the name of freedom fighters and civil rights loyalists in Israel and around the world,” Kara wrote, “I ask you to permit the entry of a delegation headed by me, that will bring with it humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees in Syria. As a Druze with a broad regional orientation, I am greatly concerned about the fate of the Syrian nationals in general, and specifically the refugees who were forced to run away from their homes.”

“As a free person living in democratic Israel,” Kara emphasized, “I wish that all peoples would be free. I anticipate your support and blessings for my initiative.”

Kara said that Turkish Embassy personnel were “surprised” but promised to bring the letter to Erdogan today. 

Kara recently took part in a delegation to Turkey where he met with Syrians.