Turkish names adorn Jerusalem streets amid widespread trend

Strolling along the streets of Jerusalem, one particular can easily spot a number of retailers bearing Turkish names.

Turkish goods are extremely well-known in the occupied city and Turkey, a place located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, is a leading tourist spot for quite a few Palestinians, according to the city’s tourism places of work.

Although beforehand names like Istanbul and Turkey ended up prevalent with sites advertising Turkish cuisine and products and solutions, new stores with Turkish names these types of as Gümüş, that means silver, and Güzel, which indicates beautiful, are also turning into extra common.

“We selected this title simply because folks in Palestine in basic and Jerusalem, in particular, adore the Turks and their products extremely a great deal,” Muhammed Sidr, the 26-calendar year-aged owner of Gümüş retailers for Islamic outfits, advised Anadolu Company (AA).

Gümüş is located alongside Al-Zahraa Avenue, just one of Jerusalem’s most distinguished commercial streets, though two other branches are located in the Kafr Aqab neighborhood, north of the town, and in Shuafat camp.

“We picked this name for the reason that of our enjoy for the Turks, and when we opened the store we structured a opposition about the indicating of the title Gümüş. We taught the people the indicating of the title and its accurate pronunciation,” Sidr explained.

He added that some individuals who earlier traveled to Turkey ended up common with the identify and were being additional curious to know its meaning.

“Several individuals traveled to Turkey and came throughout this identify there, and they questioned us about its which means, and we told them that it means silver.”

Sidr hailed the Turks as “respectful, welcoming and generous people today.”

Higher quality

He reported the Palestinian self esteem in Turkish goods has encouraged him to pick to import Turkish merchandise above goods from Chinese suppliers.

“We are dealing with seven Turkish corporations due to the fact a lot of people today favor their items. In the previous, we imported items from China, but as soon as we introduced Turkish products, many Palestinians liked them due to the fact of their high good quality,” Sidr mentioned. “There is self-confidence in Turkish products.”

Sidr sells Turkish-created women’s Islamic costume in a variety of models and hues.

“People today are hunting for top quality, and we supply it,” he mentioned.


Like Gümüş, a shop named Güzel, located on the city’s renowned Salah al-Din Street, is also well-known for its Turkish merchandise.

The shop owner, Ibrahim Wuzuz, explained the identify Güzel was properly-picked “for the reason that the items are all from Turkey, and we imagined of a gorgeous Turkish name that would catch the attention of the community.”

He echoed Sidr’s terms that Turkish goods are “of very large good quality” and at very affordable costs.

“The high quality of Turkish items is superior, and their value is very affordable for all people. They may perhaps be a lot more highly-priced than Chinese goods, but their high quality tends to make the price tag value it,” Wuzuz instructed AA, adding that the desire for Turkish merchandise raises by the working day.

Ertuğrul in Jerusalem

Another Turkish title adopted by retailers is the historic hero Ertuğrul. With its Television set collection expanding in level of popularity across the Arab planet, a significant cafe in the Kafr Aqab neighborhood, north of Jerusalem, has been named Ertuğrul.

On its facade, Turkish flags as properly as the flags of the Kayi tribe as revealed in the Ertuğrul series can be observed traveling.

Osama Abu Hadid, a chef at the Ertuğrul cafe, reported the identify Ertuğrul is acknowledged by most of the city’s inhabitants and the reality that the cafe serves equally Turkish and Palestinian food items has produced the business effective.

A number of screens in the cafe overlooking the old Jerusalem Intercontinental Airport, which has been closed down by the Israeli authorities, show the Ertuğrul series and engage in its well known music.

“We demonstrate the collection and its audio, and when a bash is structured in the cafe, we engage in the wonderful and distinctive music of the Ertuğrul drama,” Abu Hadid claimed, noting that the cafe has garnered 10,000 followers on its Facebook website page as a final result.

Abu Hadid claimed he would like to see the Ertuğrul actors these as Engin Altan Düzyatan take a look at Jerusalem in the upcoming.

The standing of Jerusalem continues to be at the coronary heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Palestinians hope East Jerusalem, now occupied by Israel, may possibly inevitably provide as the capital of a long term Palestinian state.

Property to holy websites sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians, East Jerusalem was captured by Israel in the 1967 war, annexing it in a transfer not acknowledged internationally. Israel views the overall town as its funds, although the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the cash of their long term state.

Jerusalem grew to become section of the Ottoman Empire immediately after the defeat of the Mamluks in the battle of Marj Dabiq in 1517 till its slide at the arms of the allied forces in Entire world War I in 1917, bringing an close to 400 decades of Ottoman rule above the historic town.

Historians note that Jerusalem loved peace and prosperity for the duration of the reign of the Ottoman ruler Sultan Suleiman I, typically identified as Suleiman the Impressive, who reconstructed the city’s walls and the Dome of the Rock mosque.