After the deadly May flotilla raid off the Gaza coast in Israel, the Turkish Mavi Marmara vessel has been docked and held in the city of Haifa, where it awaits an internal investigation. While Turkish authorities are demanding the return of the ship, Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav is advocating for the ship to be converted into a floating hotel. Yahav hopes it can be “an international symbol of reconciliation and hope” and notes that Haifa, about 90 miles north of the Gaza strip, has become “a symbol of coexistence and cooperation between all religions“.
Meanwhile, Israel has just lifted an advisory on travel to Turkey, where 150,000 tourists were expected this summer.
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[Via Today's Zaman]
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