A Turkish television series, “Separation,” caused a diplomatic clash between Turkey and Israel after an episode this week portrayed an Israeli soldier shooting and killing a Palestinian baby. The fictional scene was shown on Israeli television Wednesday and drew criticism from Israel’s foreign minister Thursday. –KA

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Israel summoned a Turkish diplomat to protest at what it called “state-sponsored incitement” by state-owned TRT television’s “Separation” series, in which actors playing Israeli soldiers and Palestinians fight street battles in Jerusalem.

“The series, which has no connection to reality whatsoever, is not even suitable for an enemy country and certainly not for a country that has full diplomatic relations with Israel,” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement.

The scene, broadcast on Israel’s Channel Two television on Wednesday, showed a Palestinian father holding a baby above his head and an Israeli soldier deliberately shooting the infant.

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