President Erdoğan hosts Palestinian resistance icon Fawzi al-Juneidi in Ankara
ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Jan. 17 hosted Fawzi al-Juneidi, a Palestinian teen who became a symbol of Palestinian opposition to the U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Erdoğan met 16-year-old al-Juneidi, who arrived in Turkey on Jan. 16 for a three-day visit, at the Presidential Complex in the capital Ankara, according to a tweet by the Turkish Presidency.
Earlier on Jan. 17, al-Juneidi visited the film set of popular TV series Payitaht Abdulhamid, shown on state broadcaster TRT and depicting the final years of Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II.
The official Twitter account of the series also shared a photo of al-Juneidi with actors on the film set.
Al-Juneidi was detained on Dec. 7 in the West Bank city of Hebron after being dragged on the ground and blindfolded by heavily armed Israeli soldiers.
Following three weeks in Israeli detention, he was finally released on bail and returned to his family on Dec. 28.
After al-Juneidi’s arrest, a photo of his detention became a symbol of Palestinian opposition to the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital - a move that drew widespread condemnation and protest across the Arab and Muslim world.