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  • Turkey summons Israeli diplomat after journalists, NGO workers refused entry

    5 days ago

    Turkey's Foreign Ministry said on Friday it summoned the highest-ranking Israeli diplomat in Ankara to explain why a group of Turkish journalists and civil society workers were refused entry at Ben Gurion Airport.

    The incident occurred three days after diplomats from Israel and...

  • Turkey confirms ‘secret’ talks with Israel

    1 week ago

    Turkey confirmed it is negotiating with Israel on a deal to improve relations between the two countries, which have been tense since 2010, when Israel raided the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish boat seeking to break the Gaza blockade.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told...

  • Turkey: Visiting the House of the Mother Mary

    1 week ago

    A place of peace, serenity, and hope. I felt all of these – and a gentle wash of kindness – as I ventured up the path toward the House of the Virgin Mary, or Mother Mary (Meryem Ana), located just a few miles away from the busyness of the ruins at Ephesus, Turkey. It was a hot day...

  • Turkish, Israeli diplomats explore hopes for relations

    1 week ago

    Israel held unannounced diplomatic level talks with Turkey on Monday to explore prospects, after Turkish polls, of restoring an alliance that was once central to U.S. Middle East policy but has soured dramatically under Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan.

    The Islamist-rooted AK Party...

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  • Turkey’s new parliament highlights women’s role in society

    2 weeks ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Ninety-eight female parliamentarians were elected in Turkey’s recent election, the highest number ever, but activists say this is but one small step towards equality for women in the country.

    “Actually it’s not that great of a...

  • Turkish newspaper tries to save dying Jewish language

    3 weeks ago

    Every time she prepares her newspaper for print, Karen Sarhon has her pick from dozens of submissions she receives daily from writers around the world.

    A desirable situation for any editor-in-chief, Sarhon says it is nothing short of unbelievable for her monthly, El Amaneser,...

  • Who are Turkey’s Jews?

    June 1, 2015 | 9:40 am

    For centuries, Turkey served as a safe haven for Jews fleeing anti-Semitism.

    The earliest records of Jews in Turkey date back to 220 B.C.E., but the area saw a major Jewish influx in the early 14th century, when Jews expelled from Hungary, France, Sicily and elsewhere migrated...

  • Turkish Jews staying put but eyeing exit amid president’s hostile rhetoric

    June 1, 2015 | 9:33 am

    In the backyard of the Etz Ahayim synagogue in Turkey’s largest city, congregant Yusuf Arslan hollers pleasantries as he mingles with other members of the small congregation.

    He needs to shout to be heard over the deafening sound of a sudden downpour hitting the blast-proof glass...

  • Rings bearing Islamic State logo discovered en route to West Bank

    May 19, 2015 | 2:49 pm

    A package of rings bearing the Islamic State logo and messages in Arabic that was confiscated at Ben Gurion International airport will be destroyed.

    The interception of the suspicious package from Turkey, containing about 120 silver rings, was announced Tuesday by the Customs...

  • Two survivors speak out on the anniversaries of the Armenian Genocide and the liberation of Auschwitz

    April 17, 2015 | 12:02 pm

    This article is being jointly run with Asbarez — a publication serving the Armenian-American community.


     

    This year marks the passage of two major anniversaries that reveal man’s unbelievable capacity for cruelty and evil. It has been 100 years since the outbreak of the...

  • Turkish synagogue to reopen after government-funded restoration

    March 26, 2015 | 11:22 am

    The Great Synagogue of Edirne in Turkey will reopen following a five-year government-sponsored restoration.

    The synagogue, which will be rededicated on Thursday, was rebuilt with $2.5 million of government funds that have restored its formerly collapsed domes and...

  • At a breaking point in Turkey: Should Jews stay or should we go?

    By Simone Wilson

    March 18, 2015 | 3:55 pm

    The gold and gray city of Istanbul spent Valentine’s Day bracing for snow. Under angry clouds, Turkish couples huddled around tabletops in the cafe quarter of Ortakoy, a historically posh neighborhood along the Bosphorus Strait. Jewelry-makers had set up stands along the alleyways...

  • Trade between Israel and Turkey booming

    February 10, 2015 | 10:26 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Israelis buying a Japanese car in Tel Aviv might be surprised to learn that the car was actually built in Turkey. Tourists buying dried figs in Israel’s Machane Yehuda market probably also don’t know that the figs are also...

  • Female suicide bomber hits police station in Istanbul’s historic heart

    January 6, 2015 | 2:16 pm

    A female suicide bomber blew herself up at a police station in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district on Tuesday, killing one officer and wounding another.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility; but the bombing comes less than a week after far-left group DHKP-C said it...

  • Report: Qatar deports Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal

    January 6, 2015 | 8:52 am

    Qatar reportedly has deported Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Mashaal to Turkey.

    The move was first reported over the weekend in a Turkish newspaper. It comes as Qatar is working to strengthen ties with Egypt and several Gulf States that object to the Hamas presence.

    Mashaal...

  • Global court says will not investigate Israeli raid on Turkish flotilla

    November 6, 2014 | 9:12 am

    International prosecutors believe Israeli soldiers may have committed war crimes during a raid that killed nine Turkish activists in 2010, but have decided the case is beyond their remit, according to court papers seen by Reuters.

    The move by lawyers at the International Criminal...

  • Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

    October 20, 2014 | 4:53 pm

    Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault.

    Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was...

  • Turkey snubs possible energy deals with Israel after Gaza offensive

    September 9, 2014 | 9:48 am

    Turkey is unlikely to sign any energy deals with Israel for the construction of a gas pipeline to Turkey because of a deepening political rift over Israel's Gaza offensive, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Tuesday.

    Ties were severely damaged following a deadly raid by...

  • ‘Terrorists’ help U.S. in battle against Islamic State in Iraq

    August 21, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    Washington has acquired an unlikely ally in its battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq - a group of fighters it formally classifies as terrorists.

    The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), condemned for its three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state, says it...

  • Turkish foreign minister set to be Erdogan’s new prime minister

    August 21, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his future prime minister on Thursday and said a power struggle with a U.S.-based cleric, a Kurdish peace process and a new constitution would be his top priorities.

    Erdogan said the ruling AK...

  • Turkish activists say new flotilla to challenge Israeli blockade of Gaza

    August 11, 2014 | 11:00 am

    A Turkish aid group said on Monday it would again send ships to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza, four years after Israeli commandos stormed its flotilla bound for the Palestinian territory and killed 10 Turks.

    The plan looked set to throw a fresh obstacle in the way of...

  • Erdogan dominates Turkey’s uneven presidential race

    August 4, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Cheers erupted from the packed stands when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan scored his third goal in a celebrity soccer match to mark the opening of an Istanbul stadium.

    His orange jersey bore the number 12, a reminder of Erdogan's ambition to become the nation's 12th...

  • European anti-Semitism exploding: It’s not just about Hamas

    August 1, 2014 | 9:54 am

    Conventional wisdom would have us believe that the current explosion of anti-Semitism across Europe is caused by the war with Hamas in Gaza. But it’s not that simple. The riots on the streets of Paris, the vicious anti-Jewish graffiti defacing the ancient streets of Rome, the...

  • Israeli concerns about Turkey and Qatar fuel dispute with Kerry

    July 28, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    Behind the feud between John Kerry and Israel over the secretary of state’s efforts to broker a Gaza cease-fire is a larger tension concerning the role of Turkey and Qatar in Palestinian affairs.

    Israeli officials rejected the proposal for a cease-fire advanced by Kerry in part...

  • Turkey’s Erdogan promises to protect Jews, urges them to oppose Israeli ‘aggression’

    July 28, 2014 | 10:56 am

    Turkey will keep its Jewish citizens safe, but the Jewish community should denounce Israel, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a Turkish newspaper.

    “Jews in Turkey are our citizens. We are responsible for their security of life and property,” Erdogan told the Daily Sabah.

    ...
  • Arab rifts may complicate search for Gaza truce

    July 21, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    The push for a Gaza ceasefire risks becoming mired in a regional tussle for influence between conservative Arab states and Islamist-friendly governments, with rival powers competing to take credit for a truce, analysts and some officials say.

    The main protagonists are Arab...

  • Israel cuts diplomatic presence in Turkey amid protests

    July 18, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Israel said on Friday it was reducing its diplomatic presence in Turkey after protesters angered by its ground offensive into Gaza pelted its consulate in Istanbul with stones and draped Palestinian flags on the ambassador's residence in Ankara.

    The Israeli Foreign Ministry...

  • Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Israel of ‘tyranny,’ likens Israeli MP to Hitler

    July 15, 2014 | 8:38 am

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused Israel of "terrorizing the region" with its bombardment of Gaza and likened an Israeli politician to Hitler in a broadside likely to further strain fragile relations between the two countries.

    Israel on Tuesday resumed its...

  • Turkey’s Islamists protest, Gezi Park rioters draw police

    By Simone Wilson

    June 4, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    A growing divide between secular and religious factions in Turkey was starkly illustrated by two crosstown protests in Istanbul on May 31.

    The first, covered minute-to-minute by the international media, was held to mark the first anniversary of Turkey’s historic anti-government...

  • Turkish paper links Jews to coal mine disaster

    May 21, 2014 | 2:22 pm

    A pro-government Turkish newspaper is coming under fire for a headline linking Jews to the coal mine disaster in Soma that killed over 100 people.

    The headline in Tuesday’s Yeni Akit criticized the owner of the Soma Coal Mine Company for having a Jewish son-in-law. According to...

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