Jewish Journal

Yigal Schleifer

  • Turkey knows who to blame for genocide resolution—the Jews

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When a U.S. congressional committee approved a resolution recognizing the World War I-era massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide, Turkey's reaction was swift and harsh: Blame the Jews.

    In an interview with the liberal Islamic Zaman newspaper on the eve of the...

  • Debate on ‘minorities’ law worries Turkey’s Jews

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish and Christian leaders were optimistic when the Turkish Parliament began debating a bill regulating minority foundations and organizations.

    The draft version -- part of a reform effort driven by Turkey's bid for European Union membership -- contained provisions making it...

  • Israel-Turkey Ties Take Cooler Turn

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Is Israel's relationship with Turkey on the skids? Such fears came to the fore when a Lebanese newspaper, quoting sources in Ankara, reported recently that Turkey was freezing future military contracts with Israeli firms. According to the paper, the step was decided on by Turkey's...

  • Turkish Jews: We’ll Carry On

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The recent bombings of two Istanbul synagogues won't end the tradition of openness in Turkey's Jewish community -- and it could even make the community more cohesive, leaders say.

    At the same time, the attacks are unlikely to force Turkey to retreat from its alliances with Israel...

  • Turkish Jews Dig Out After Bombs

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Yoel Ulcer was so set on helping Istanbul's Jewish community that he could hardly wait to turn 18, when he could join the corps of volunteer guards that stands outside synagogues and Jewish institutions in Turkey's commercial capital.

    His devotion cost Ulcer his life: He was one of...

  • Jews’ Long History in Turkey

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish presence in Turkey usually is dated to 1492, when the Ottoman emperor Beyazit II welcomed Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition to his territory.

    In fact, though, Jewish life in the area has been traced back to at least the fourth century B.C.E. During the Byzantine...