Two threatening demonstrations and mounting cases of vandalism against synagogues in Turkey—apparently carried out with the regime's tacit support against the backdrop of the Temple Mount crisis—are raising concerns among the country's Jewish community.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (Photo: AP)
This is the first time that the authorities have apparently allowed demonstrations against synagogues in Turkey, and the community sees this as a dangerous precedent. Commentators estimate that the protest is linked to religion this time, and in the eyes of Islamists in Turkey the synagogue is a branch of Israel. The media reports in Turkey about the events of the Temple Mount are conspicuously hostile against Israel, and the attack in which two Israeli policemen were murdered was presented in conspiratorial terms—an event that Israel initiated to suppress the freedom of worship of the Palestinians. On Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim condemned the attacks against the synagogues and said it was not the behavior of true Muslims. He called on the citizens of Turkey to show self-control, to show responsibility and not to violate the right of worship of fellow citizens of the Jewish minority with whom they have coexisted for hundreds of years.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo: Reuters)