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Israeli footballer will leave Turkey over Gaza war message

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According to Turkish news broadcaster NTV, the footballer was freed on Monday morning after appearing in court, and will now await trial. “I am not a pro-war person,” Jehezkel said in a statement to the media, adding he did not mean to “provoke anyone” and “want[s] the war to end.”

In a statement shared with Israeli media, Israel’s foreign ministry said it worked “all relevant authorities in Turkey in order to bring about the speedy release,” adding that Jehezkel would return to Israel later Monday.

In a statement on X, Turkey’s Justice Minister Yılmaz Tunç said the Antalya chief public prosecutor’s office had opened an investigation into the Israeli national for “inciting the public to hatred and hostility due to his ugly gesture supporting Israel’s massacre in Gaza.”

“We will always continue to stand by the oppressed people of Palestine,” Tunç said.

Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Monday said the footballer’s arrest was “an expression of hypocrisy,” adding that Turkey was acting as “the executive arm of Hamas.”

Antalyaspor football club said it expelled Jehezkel from the team for acting “against the national values ​​of our country.”

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