December 30, 2008

Turkish Government Cancels New Year's Eve
Istanbul, Turkey

New Year's Eve celebrations are canceled, and I'm seriously pissed off. I was really looking forward to ushering in the New Year in Taksim Square—the Turkish Times Square equivalent.

Between censoring the Internet and canceling the event, this government certainly isn't earning many points.

As if violence is anything new to the Middle East! This has been going on for several millennia!

In all honesty, I really have no idea what the hell is going on down there in Israel. Metaphorically speaking, it sounds as if Palestine kept flicking Israel in the ear, prompting them to turn around and give 'em a good punch in the face. STOP IT!

Istanbul cancels New Year party due to Israeli attacks [source]
Turkey on Monday canceled the planned New Year celebrations in its famous Taksim Square in the largest Turkish city of Istanbul amid the deadly Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, local newspaper Hurriyet reported.

A statement issued by the Istanbul municipality said "The New Year celebrations program organized by Istanbul municipality in Taksim Square on Dec. 31, 2008 has been cancelled due to the latest developments in our region."

Turkey's leaders have been condemning Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, urging it to end its violence immediately. Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan has described the move was a crime against humanity.

New Year's Eve Parties Canceled in Egypt, Jordan and Turkey! [source]
The planned New Year celebrations in the popular Takasim square in Istanbul, have been also canceled in support of the people of Gaza and in respect to the fallen souls of the Palestinians.

New Year's festivities canceled, protests continue [source]
The İstanbul Mayor's Office had planned to arrange traditional New Year's festivities at Taksim Square with music and a fireworks display. The office announced yesterday that it had canceled the festivities because of Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Also yesterday, a 15-person group from the İstanbul branch of the Human Rights Association (İHD) protested Israel in front of the country's consulate building. Calling on Turkey to cancel all bilateral agreements signed with Israel, the protesters also suggested that Israeli leaders as well as US President George W. Bush should be tried before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for what they called a "crime against humanity."

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