Shalom Life | November 27, 2014

Turkey Suspects Bird of Spying for Israel

Israeli officials says suspicion is ridiculous

By: Sammy Hudes

Published: May 16th, 2012 in News » Israel

Turkey Suspects Bird of Spying for Israel

Turkish officials launched an investigation to examine a dead bird that they believe may have used for espionage purposes by Israel, according to Ynet.

The investigation was launched several days ago in Turkey’s capital of Ankara after a farmer found a dead Merops Apiaster, commonly known as the European Bee-Eater, in his field. On one of its legs, the bird had a ring with the word “Israel” written on it.

The bird's remains were initially handed over to the Turkish Agriculture Ministry, which then transferred them to Ankara's security services.

Ornithologists regularly attach leg bands to migrating birds as they are meant to help scientists track bird migration routes. Such research is common practice in Israel, which is located in the middle of the main Europe-Africa migration paths.

Turkish authorities were also suspicious of the bird’s nostrils, Ynet reported.

According to Turkish media, the bird’s beak featured "unusually large nostrils." Combined with the identification ring, officials grew wary of the possibility that the bird was “implanted with a surveillance device” and was in Turkey as part of an espionage mission.

Israel Today reported that Turkish officials believed that the enlarged nostrils were potential evidence of Mossad tampering.

“The Turkish authorities can rest easy – it's not a spy,” Yoav Pearlman, of the Israeli Birdwatching Center told Ynet.

Pearlman said that northern Israel is home to a large population of the Merops Apiaster and that many more European Bee-Eaters use Israel as a stop in their migration route, which includes Turkey, southern Europe and Russia.

The Society for Protection of Nature in Israel confirmed that the bird was routinely banded approximately four years ago.

In January 2011, Saudi Arabian officials detained a griffon vulture wearing an Israeli band. The bird had been carrying a GPS transmitter labeled “Tel Aviv University” and was condemned for being a part of a "Zionist espionage plot.”

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Approves Funding to Strengthen Israel’s Southern Region UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Approves Funding to Strengthen Israel’s Southern Region TrendingSeth Rogen Presents 'A Jewish-Canadian-American Thanksgiving' [VIDEO] Seth Rogen Presents 'A Jewish-Canadian-American Thanksgiving' [VIDEO] TrendingAbbas' Book Discusses the 'Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism' Abbas' Book Discusses the 'Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism' Trending
 

Startup Club: Leap Motion

November 27, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Startup Club: Leap Motion

With a wave of a hand, the company allows you to use your Mac or PC in a whole new way for games, design, and more

Read More

Breakthrough Jew - Mendy Pellin

November 27, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Breakthrough Jew - Mendy Pellin

Pellin was referred to by The New York Times as "Stephen Colbert with a beard and a black hat."

Read More

Top 20 Things to do in Israel During the Winter

November 27, 2014 | By Abigail Klein Leichman
Top 20 Things to do in Israel During the Winter

Ski in the Hermon, watch the migratory birds, see the holiday lights, dance the lindy hop there's plenty of fun to heat up chilly days.

Read More

Natalie Portman to Star in Steve Jobs Biopic?

November 27, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Natalie Portman to Star in Steve Jobs Biopic?

The 'Thor' actress is in negotiations to star in Danny Boyle's upcoming film following the Apple co-founder.

Read More

Sarah Jessica Parker to Launch Shoe Line in Dubai

November 27, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Sarah Jessica Parker to Launch Shoe Line in Dubai

The SJP Collection will be available at Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdale's in Dubai.

Read More

Melissa Rivers Posts Thanksgiving Wishes From Mom Joan’s Account

November 27, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Melissa Rivers Posts Thanksgiving Wishes From Mom Joan’s Account

Rivers "finally figured out" her mom's Twitter password, takes the opportunity to wish her fans a Happy Thanksgiving.

Read More

Seth Rogen Invites Millions of Twitter Fans to Get High With Him

November 27, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Seth Rogen Invites Millions of Twitter Fans to Get High With Him

'The Interview' star wants followers to "get baked" with him in Denver.

Read More

You Can Now Take a Virtual Tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp

November 27, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
You Can Now Take a Virtual Tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp

The Auschwitz museum has unveiled a new virtual tour on its website

Read More

More Headlines