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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Seventh century bronze coins found in excavations before widening Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway

(JTA) – Nine bronze coins dating to the seventh century were found during excavation work undertaken before widening the main Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway.

The coins were discovered after the unearthing of a two-story building and winepress that is believed to have served Christian pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. A Byzantine church was revealed in excavations on the other side of the road. [Read more…]

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Dutch Muslims shout anti-Semitic slogans during protest over Turkish cabinet minister

Members of the Turkish Student Union of UK (TUSU) at a protest against Dutch authorities to show solidarity with the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, in front of the Dutch Embassy in London, March 12, 2017. (Behlul Cetinkaya/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands (JTA) – Dutch Muslims shouted anti-Semitic slogans amid violent clashes with police over authorities’ refusal to allow a Turkish cabinet minister to campaign in Holland for a Turkey referendum vote.

Dozens of protesters gathered on Saturday night in front of the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam in the Netherlands to listen to Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya. Upon receiving a false rumour that she had been arrested, the crowd began roaring “cancer Jews” and “cancer Wilders” shortly before the outbreak of violence that led to the injury of five people including one policeman, the Algemeen Dagblan reported. [Read more…]

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