Israeli band Orphaned Land to become Turkish

With Israeli-Turkish relations at an icy low, the news that the rock band Orphaned Band are taking out Turkish citizenship seems a bold compliment to their Turkish fanbase. But it’s not creeping dhimmitude, unless they relinquish their Israeli passports. Report in the Times of Israel:

Orphaned Land’s progressive metal riffs have won them a solid fan base in Turkey, even as relations between Jerusalem and Ankara have soured in recent years.

On Tuesday, the Turkish website Turk News reported that the band’s members would become citizens in time for their next show in Turkey in September.

“I hope the process will run properly and Orphaned Land will be in their second homeland, Turkey, as Turkish citizens for the next concert,” the band’s manager said, according to the website.

The band, which mixes Jewish and Arab liturgy with modern rock music, claims to have fans across the Arab world. The band plays several times a year in Turkey, and fans from Arab countries that Orphaned Land can’t enter come to see them there.

In March, Turkey awarded the band the Peace and Friendship Award, with symbols of Turkey, Israel, Judaism and Islam.

“Our tour in Turkey was amazing, supported by a great audience as always and it is for a good reason that Turkey is always described as Orphaned Land’s second home,” vocalist Kobi Farhi said at the time.

Relations between Israel and Turkey have been icy since 2010, when Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish citizens aboard a ship trying to break the Gaza blockade. Turkey has demanded an apology, which Israel has refused to do, saying its soldiers acted in self defense.

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  • Well, it seems that all those countries are softening their approach toward their former citizens. I just heard in the news that Enrico Macias is finally allowed to visit his graves in Algeria. The "reconsidering UNRWA" sure has everybody worried. Expect more overtures.


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