Arab writers and activists have launched an e-campaign aimed at supporting Turkish goods in the face of Russian economic sanctions against Turkey adopted after the latter shot down a Russian warplane that violated its airspace last Tuesday.
Activists have launched various Twitter hashtags with names such as: #I_am_a_Muslim_and_in_solidarity_with_Turkey; #I_am_an_Arab_and_in_solidarity_with_Turkey; and #Supporting_the_Turkish_goods.
Activists have said via Twitter that support for Turkish goods constituted a "duty for every Arab and Muslim," going on to assert that Turkish products were "of good quality and reasonably priced", while Turkish companies were "scattered across the Arab world".
Prominent supporters of the campaign include Kuwaiti preacher Hamed al-Ali; Egyptian TV presenter Ahmed Mansour; Kuwaiti writer Faleh bin Hajari; Saudi writer Mohamed al-Hudhaif; Saudi TV presenter Ali al-Zafiri; Saudi writer Mohamed al-Yahya; Qatari writer and chief editor of Al-Sharq newspaper Jaber al-Harami; and Saudi writer Ahmed bin Rashid bin Said.
We all ought to support #Turkey economy by traveling with Turkish airlines, encouraging tourism in Turkey and buying Turkish products.— Haya هيا (@haya_atassi) 29 Kasım 2015
Putin also signed a decree unilaterally suspending visa-free travel between Russia and Turkey and forbidding Russian tourism companies from offering trips to Turkey.