Avraham Krispin from Tel Aviv, a former classmate of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gets irritated every Wednesday evening at 8 pm when he sits in front of the television and watches the TRT channel, Turkey's national public broadcaster.
The channel, which is broadcast in Israel by the HOT cable company, airs a popular series called "Kizil Elma" ("Red Apple"), which contains anti-Semitic messages that remind Krispin of the most annoying boy in class – Recep.
"I see how director and producer Osman Sinav, who carries a history of Israel hatred and Holocaust denial, leads to an anti-Semitic development in the plot," Krispin says angrily. "The story, which was meant to glorify Turkey and Erdogan, takes a negative turn against us, as the Jewish and Israeli identification marks appear on the screen."
Krispin was born in Istanbul and immigrated to Israel in 1974. His classmate from the first to the fifth grade was none other than the current Turkish prime minister, who is not known as a big fan of Israel.
"I remember him very well: He came from a simple family and was an indrawn boy who would get angry very fast. He would walk around with a copy of Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf,'" Krispin recalls. "Over the years I learned that he hates us and is afraid of us. He believes we have bionic powers and are capable of destroying everything he builds, even from far away."
Indeed, the "Red Apple" series, which has become a tremendous success among millions of viewers in Turkey and around the world, devoutly presents the ruler's worldview.
In the episode aired over the weekend, the Israelis – led by a female Mossad agent, a blond one of course – are trying to thwart Turkey's ambitions to become an empire. The agent gets an order not to hesitate to murder "the enemies," and a young man wearing a skullcap, who is presented as "Aharon Feller, a member of a Golan Heights kibbutz and an offspring of the Maccabees," lights a Hanukkah menorah before going out to fulfill her orders.
The main goal set by the "Red Apple" hero, a sort of Turkish "Rambo," resembles the goals Prime Minister Erdogan has set for himself: To turn his country into the leading center of power in the region by 2023, the 100th anniversary of Kemal Atatürk's revolution.
But the Israelis in the series have plans of their own: To establish the "Sons of Zion Kingdom" in Turkey in collaboration with the Kurd separatist movement and members of the Armenian minority, and to extend it from the Egyptian Nile to the Euphrates River in Iraq.
The anti-Semitic series is broadcast every evening on channel 158 on HOT. Any connection to reality is purely coincidental, isn't it?