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…]


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…]


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…]


Spain scraps language test for elderly applicants for Jewish law of return

(JTA) – Spanish authorities dispensed with language and culture tests for elderly applicants for citizenship under the country’s law of return for Sephardi Jews.

The Spanish Justice Ministry decided to offer the dispensation from tests on the Spanish language and heritage, which were mandated for citizenship applicants under the 2013 law, after it emerged that the tests effectively barred hundreds of elderly Turkish Jews from exercising their right to a Spanish passport, El Pais reported last week. [Read more…]


Turkey’s Erdogan: Israel restricting Muslim worship

(JTA) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accused Israel of restricting Muslim worship while calling on all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem.

Erdogan made the call to Muslims on Tuesday during public remarks at the Symposium of Jerusalem Platform in Istanbul. A Turkish government document sent to JTA summarized his remarks. [Read more…]


Netanyahu calls deliberately set fires ‘terror in every way’

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that fires burning throughout Israel that are the result of arson are “terror in every way.”

“Every fire that was the result of arson or incitement to arson is terror in every way and we’ll treat it as such. Anyone who tries to burn parts of the State of Israel will be severely punished,” Netanyahu said during a news conference in Haifa. [Read more…]


Israel appoints ambassador to Turkey following six-year diplomatic freeze

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel has appointed an ambassador to Turkey as part of the reconciliation agreement signed over the summer between the two countries restoring diplomatic ties following a six-year freeze.

The Foreign Ministry tapped Eitan Naeh, now the deputy ambassador to Britain, as the envoy to Turkey, which named its new ambassador to Israel last month. Naeh previously served in Turkey in 1993 as second secretary and then first secretary. [Read more…]