Turkish Protestors Raise Abu Obeida Pic. on Ankara Bridge amid Blinken’s Visit
In a recent display of protest, Turkish protestors positioned a picture of Abu Obeida on a bridge in Ankara, amid U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to Turkey.
Abu Obeida is a figure of significant interest and has become something of an icon in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is the military spokesman for the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.
Abu Obeida first came to the forefront of media attention in 2006 with the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and has since maintained a strong presence, characterized by his fluency and the ability to condense complex information and ideas.
Over the years, his popularity has extended beyond the Middle East to regions including Latin America, Asia, and Europe, where he is regarded as a voice for resistance and the Palestinian cause.
Despite his anonymity and the lack of a public personal identity, he has been a credible source of information on military and political matters, even acknowledged by Israeli media.
He has garnered a significant following on social media platforms, such as Telegram, where his statements reach hundreds of thousands of people within minutes.
Furthermore, Turkish protestors’ act of raising his picture during Blinken’s visit signifies their solidarity with the Palestinian cause and reflects their opposition to American policies perceived as supportive of Israel.
Demonstrators gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in Ankara voiced their concerns, shouted anti-American and anti-Israel slogans, and called for an end to the actions by the Israeli regime in the Gaza Strip, according to reports.