Turkish police arrested a man who they claim was a member and organizer of a group calling for a nationwide boycott of Israel and calling for the release of political prisoners in Turkey.
According to police, the man was arrested on Sunday at the airport in Istanbul.
The group has been active since 2016, when it was created with the help of a Turkish university professor, who also helped found a pro-Turkish website.
“This man has been arrested in connection with a group that calls for a boycott of the Israeli government, a boycott against Israel, and the release and return of political prisoner,” the police statement said.
The man was reportedly a member, organizer, and publisher of the group.
The man was also reportedly arrested on Wednesday for organizing the same event.
The police statement added that the man’s name is Burak Aksinak, and he was arrested along with three others for organizing and publishing an anti-Israel video.
The statement also said that he had been in jail since March 3, 2018.
On Friday, Turkish authorities announced that they had detained a man on the same charges for organizing an anti to Israel demonstration, but that they have released him on bail pending his court appearance.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in a televised address on Thursday that “the authorities are investigating a man suspected of organizing a protest against Israel at the presidential palace.”
Yildirims remarks came as the Turkish government announced that it would be lifting a moratorium on the release or return of Israeli prisoners due to their imprisonment in Turkey and the United States.
Turkish police said that they arrested the man for the same alleged offense on Friday.