Turkish Jewish leader denies snubbing gay Israeli envoy

Ishak Ibrahimzadeh, leader of Turkey’s Jewish community, right, meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganl, left, in Ankara, Turkey, Feb. 9, 2016. (Presidency/Yasin Bulbul/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Ishak Ibrahimzadeh, leader of Turkey’s Jewish community, right, meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganl, left, in Ankara, Turkey, Feb. 9, 2016. (Presidency/Yasin Bulbul/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Ishak Ibrahimzadeh, leader of Turkey’s Jewish community, right, meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganl, left, in Ankara, Turkey, Feb. 9, 2016. (Presidency/Yasin Bulbul/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Leaders of Turkey’s Jewish community denied complaints by an Israeli diplomat serving in Istanbul that they ignore him because he is gay.

Ishak Ibrahimzadeh, the president of the Jewish Community of Turkey, responded in a statement Thursday to the complaints leveled at him by Yossi Levi Sfari, Israel’s consul in Istanbul, who moved there with his partner, Ronny Goldberg, six weeks ago. [Read more…]

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Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to halt renewed Israel ties over backing for Kurdish state

(JTA) – President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey threatened to halt steps being taken toward normalization with Israel if it does not end its support for an independent Kurdish state.

“If Israel does not reconsider its support for Kurdish independence, Turkey will not be able to take many steps we would have with Israel, too,” Erdogan said Tuesday, the day after a nonbinding referendum by Iraqi Kurdistan on whether to seek independence. His remarks were reported by the Turkish Daily Sabah. [Read more…]

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Anti-Israel protestors kick doors of Istanbul synagogue

(JTA) – Leaders of Turkish Jewry condemned anti-Israel demonstrators who rallied around a synagogue in Istanbul, kicking the building’s doors and hurling objects at it.

The Turkish Jewish Community on Twitter called the incident Thursday night outside the Neve Shalom synagogue, where several dozen men gathered with anti-Israel signs, “intimidation and provocation.” It called on authorities to make sure it “stops” and that the people responsible are prosecuted for a hate crime. [Read more…]

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaks with Turkey’s Erdogan despite objections by Israel’s Foreign Ministry

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by phone at the Turkish president’s request despite objections from Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

The call took place a week after a terror attack at the Temple Mount by three Arab Israelis left two Druze Israel Police officers dead and led to the installation of metal detectors at the holy site, sparking tensions and riots in eastern Jerusalem. [Read more…]

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Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Israel of massacring Palestinians

(JTA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of “massacres” against the Palestinians and chided the international community for its silence.

Erdogan made his comments on Monday at the Al-Quds Forum in Istanbul, a two-day international event that brings together representatives of foundations, experts, academics, ministers and high-ranking officials from around the world to discuss the state of Muslim heritage in Jerusalem.  [Read more…]

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