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  • Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Putin warns of ‘serious consequences’

    12 hours ago

    Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying the jet had repeatedly violated its air space, in one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said...

  • Uncertainty grips Middle Eastern markets

    1 week ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The impact of the Middle East’s ongoing woes on the region’s tourism businesses has been well documented. The industry’s standing has been tarnished not just by continuing conflicts, but also by repeated terrorist attacks...

  • Crowded skies over Syria

    1 week ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    In response to the Paris terror attacks that have so far claimed 129 lives and wounded 300 more, French warplanes have for the first time attacked Islamic State (ISIS) targets inside of Syria.  Until now, France had limited its...

  • Russia suspends Egypt flights as Western intelligence backs bomb theory

    3 weeks ago

    Russia suspended all passenger flights to Egypt on Friday after a deadly plane crash at the weekend as Western officials said intelligence "chatter" supported the theory that the jet was brought down by a bomb. 

    Putin's decision was a response to the crash of an Airbus A321...

  • Erdogan says world must respect Turkish election result

    3 weeks ago

    A jubilant President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday cast the return of Turkey to single-party rule as a vote for stability that the world must respect, but opponents fear it heralds growing authoritarianism and deeper polarization.

    The AK Party, whose roots are in political...

  • Family of Mavi Marmara victim sues Ehud Barak

    October 22, 2015 | 1:28 pm

    The family of a Turkish-American killed during the Israeli raid of the Mavi Marmara ship have sued former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

    Barak was served with papers on Tuesday after giving a speech near Los Angeles, The Associated Press reported. The lawsuit was filed Oct....

  • U.S. civil suit brought against Israeli ex-PM Ehud Barak

    October 21, 2015 | 4:24 pm

    Relatives of a 19-year-old U.S. citizen killed in Israel's 2010 storming of a Turkish-led aid flotilla are suing former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak for the raid, in which nine activists died.

    Furkan Dogan, a dual Turkish-U.S. citizen, was filming on the flotilla carrying...

  • After Syria coordination talks with Israel, Russia beckons to Turkey, U.S.

    October 7, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    Russia ended high-level military talks with Israel on Wednesday with a call on other countries, including a suspicious United States and aggrieved Turkey, to coordinate operations in Syria.

    The two countries discussed how they can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in...

  • U.S. ‘greatly concerned’ by Russia incursion of Turkey airspace

    October 5, 2015 | 10:43 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday the United States was "greatly concerned" about the incursion by a Russian plane into Turkish airspace over the weekend and he had intensified discussions with Moscow.

    He said his Turkish counterpart called him about the incident on...

  • Germany’s moral courage

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 7, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    Around 7 a.m. last Sunday, The New York Times landed on my balcony with a thud, like it always does. It woke me up and startled my cats, like it usually does, until we all realized it’s the same old, same old, and lay our heads down again.

    But when I finally emerged about an hour...

  • Germany’s moral courage

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 7, 2015 | 8:48 am

    Around 7 a.m. last Sunday, The New York Times landed on my balcony with a thud, like it always does. It woke me up and startled my cats, like it usually does, until we all realized it’s the same old, same old, and lay our heads down again.

    But when I finally emerged about an hour...

  • Jewish-Israeli man stopped from joining Islamic State

    September 1, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    A Jewish-Israeli man who planned to join the Islamic State was apprehended in Turkey and returned to his parents.

    Turkish authorities apprehended the man, 21, whose family members arrived in Turkey and traveled back to Israel with him on Tuesday, according to the Times of Israel....

  • Turkish court charges Vice News reporters with terrorism links

    August 31, 2015 | 3:40 pm

    A Turkish court on Monday formally charged three employees of Vice News with having links to a terrorist organization, the online news channel said, days after they were detained while reporting from the mainly Kurdish southeast.

    Security sources and local media identified the...

  • Turkey steps up assault on PKK

    August 12, 2015 | 10:22 am

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to intensify its crackdown on PKK Kurdish troops in Turkey “until not one terrorist is left,” after a series of attacks that targeted security forces and a US consulate left at least six people dead. The violence in Turkey comes...

  • Kurdish fighters seen as primary target of Turkey’s Erdogan

    July 29, 2015 | 12:05 am

    Following a devastating Islamic State (ISIS) linked attack on a Turkish town near the Syrian border, the Erdogan government has launched a campaign primarily targeting the Kurdish fighters who are ISIS’s most effective opponents, essentially terminating the peace process with...

  • Finding Unexpected Joy in Turkey

    July 27, 2015 | 11:58 am

    I never expected to be able visit Turkey.

    Although everyone I knew that had been loved it, they all said how they thought it was too inaccessible for me. You see, I can't walk much because of my disabilities, and generally use a wheelchair scooter to get around if we don't have...

  • Four teachers among six Israeli-Arabs charged for promoting Islamic State

    July 6, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Israel's Shin Bet undercover internal security agency and police said on Monday they had arrested and charged six Arab citizens, including four school teachers, with supporting and spreading the ideology of Islamic State.

    The six, residents of the Bedouin Negev desert town of...

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

    June 26, 2015 | 9:55 am

    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

    June 24, 2015 | 2:06 pm

    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

    June 24, 2015 | 11:08 am

    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

    June 23, 2015 | 9:40 am

    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...

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

    June 19, 2015 | 9:01 am

    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

    June 9, 2015 | 11:12 am

    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...

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