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  • Gaza blockade legal, Israeli commission finds

    January 24, 2011 | 9:31 am

    The Israeli commission of inquiry into the Israeli Navy’s interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla found that the naval blockade of Gaza does not break international law.

    The Turkel Commission also found that Israeli soldiers acted in self-defense on board the Mavi Marmara, which...

  • Netanyahu: Israel will not apologize to Turkey

    December 28, 2010 | 9:54 am

    Israel will not apologize to Turkey for the interception of and loss of life on board a Gaza-bound ship.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview on national television Monday night that Israel would express regret, however.

    “We need to understand that they want an...

  • Greece-Israel relations soar as ties with Turkey fade

    December 14, 2010 | 11:04 am

    Israel’s ambassador to Greece, Arye Mekel, was on the phone with a journalist earlier this month when the call came in that Israel’s Carmel region was up in flames. The Israeli prime minister needed to speak urgently with his Greek counterpart.

    Mekel quickly located Greek Prime...

  • Thanksgiving Day recipes from JewishJournal.com

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 19, 2010 | 11:34 am

    Delicious recipes from Jewish Journal staff friends and family.  Happy Thanksgiving!

    From the kitchen of Jeffrey Hensiek (and his father, Barry)

    Spinach Souffle

    1 package frozen chopped spinach
    3 eggs, beaten
    1 16 ounce container cottage cheese
    4 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese...

  • Turkey declares Israel ‘central threat’

    October 31, 2010 | 2:51 pm

    Israel is seen as “a central threat to Turkey” in a policy paper written by Turkey’s National Security Council.

    At the same time, the security council removed Syria, Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia, as well as Iran, from the list of countries that pose a threat to Turkey, according to...

  • Jewish official not implicated in Turkish sex yacht, spokesman says

    October 11, 2010 | 4:41 pm

    The Jewish organizational leader said to be detained on a Turkish sex yacht denied being arrested in the breakup of an alleged prostitution ring aboard the boat.

    A spokesman for Alexander Mashkevich, head of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, said Mashkevich was neither charged nor...

  • Turkey’s Adbullah Gul cancels meeting with Peres reportedly over flotilla

    September 20, 2010 | 3:09 pm

    Turkey’s president canceled a meeting with Shimon Peres because Israel has not apologized for the flotilla incident, the Israeli president told reporters.

    Peres and Adbullah Gul were scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly opening session, but Gul said Monday...

  • 5770 in Israel: Diplomatic crises, but economic prosperity

    September 3, 2010 | 12:02 pm

    For Israel, the Jewish year 5770 was characterized by ups and downs in relations with the United States, growing international alienation and a virtual stalemate in Middle East peacemaking—until the summit meeting in Washington just before Rosh Hashanah.

    Last November, after months...

  • Israeli soldiers allegedly looted flotilla ships

    August 19, 2010 | 9:27 am

    An Israeli officer and soldier are suspected of selling goods they confiscated from the Gaza flotilla after the May raid.

    Military police are investigating whether an officer sold items to another soldier that were confiscated from the flotilla ships while they were docked in...

  • Turkey launches flotilla investigation

    August 12, 2010 | 11:28 am

    Turkey has launched its own investigation into Israel’s interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.

    Working under the auspices of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office, the commission will “investigate the attack and the treatment the activists faced” when Israel intercepted the...

  • Turkey reportedly closes airspace to Israel

    June 28, 2010 | 11:04 am

    Turkey’s prime minister said his country has closed its airspace to Israeli planes.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed Monday during the G-20 summit in Toronto that the airspace was closed following Israel’s May 31 interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla in which nine passengers, all...

  • A Jew in Turkey

    June 25, 2010 | 11:22 am

    From startribune.com:

    Preparing for my trip to Istanbul for an interfaith meeting, I was nervous about the challenging encounters that awaited me. Convened by the World Council of Churches, the meeting’s focus was, “Christian Self-Understanding in the Context of Judaism.” Two...

  • ADL, B’nai B’rith boycott Turkey meeting

    June 16, 2010 | 12:42 pm

    At least two Jewish groups are boycotting a meeting requested by Turkey’s ruling party.

    Top lawmakers and administration officials affiliated with the AKP Party were in Washington Wednesday to meet with Obama administration officials and U.S. lawmakers. They added a meeting with...

  • Israeli defense employees recalled from Turkey

    June 15, 2010 | 11:03 am

    Two Israeli defense contractors recalled their employees from Turkey.

    Israel Aerospace Industries and Elbit Systems Ltd. over the weekend ordered back to Israel engineers and flight instructors working with the Turkish military to teach them how to operate the Heron unmanned aerial...

  • Israeli sarcasm, building bike trails, avoiding Turkey

    June 14, 2010 | 11:15 am

    Here are some stories over the past few days from Israel that you may have missed.

    Israeli researchers invent sarcasm detector. Really.

    It’s no joke: Hebrew University researchers have invented algorithms that can detect sarcasm in text loaded into a computer.

    The sarcasm...

  • ZOA wants inquiry into Turkey

    June 4, 2010 | 9:55 am

    The Zionist Organization of America called for an investigation of Turkey’s role in this week’s flotilla incident.

    Israeli commandoes raided an aid flotilla headed for Gaza on Monday. Nine activists aboard the main ship were killed and seven Israeli soldiers were wounded in the...

  • With flotilla deaths, Turkey may be near tipping point on Israel

    June 1, 2010 | 12:36 pm

    While Turkey and Israel have seen their once-close relationship deteriorate steadily for the past few years, the Israeli commando raid of a Turkish-led flotilla heading for Gaza, in which several Turks were killed, marks a dangerous new low in the two countries’ relations.

  • ‘Noah’s Ark’ found in Turkey, evangelical group claims

    April 27, 2010 | 2:29 pm

    From NYDailynews.com:

    A group of evangelical explorers claim they have found evidence of Noah’s Ark (not pictured) on Mount Ararat in Turkey.

    Noah shepherded them through the flood, two by two, and ended up in Turkey.

    That’s what a group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical...

  • Turkey emerging as a wild card on Iran

    April 14, 2010 | 12:55 pm

    As an American-led consensus appears to be developing around the need for a new round of sanctions to deal with Iran’s nuclear program, Turkey—a U.S. ally and NATO member—is emerging as something of a wild card on the issue.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has...

  • Turkey’s Erdogan calls for diplomacy with Iran

    April 6, 2010 | 11:22 am

    Turkey’s prime minister said diplomacy, not sanctions, is the only way to solve the current crisis over Iran’s nuclear program.

    The remarks by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an interview published Tuesday by the French newspaper Le Figaro, come a day after Erdogan...

  • So a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew and a Buddhist walk into a room of atheists ...

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 9, 2009 | 7:57 pm

    The lede to this Reuters story sounds like the setup for some religious joke. Maybe that’s why Turkish government officials are none too happy with the reality TV show at the heart of this story. Here goes:

    What happens when you put a Muslim imam, a Christian priest, a rabbi and a...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Nov. 22 - 28: Toots Shor, turkey and theater

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    November 20, 2008 | 8:16 pm


    Toots Shor counted Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason among his closest friends. His eponymous saloon on New York's West 51st Street attracted legendary sports heroes, movie stars, gangsters and working stiffs. Now award-winning filmmaker Kristi...
  • Tasty Middle Eastern flavors tweak Thanksgiving table

    November 19, 2008 | 8:03 pm

    Hilit Gilat knows her way around the kitchen. For the past two years, the Israel-born chef has built a steady reputation for preparing sumptuous, slow-cooked meats, savory stews and Mediterranean delicacies for families and private events, corporate affairs and even visiting...
  • First Impressions

    By Rob Eshman

    August 21, 2008 | 12:16 am

    Last week, The Jewish Journal played host to two Muslim journalists.

    Umar Cheema and Utku Çakirözer are Daniel Pearl Fellows chosen by the Daniel Pearl Foundation in conjunction with the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships to work for six months in a U.S. newsroom.

    The idea is to...

  • AUDIO: The Jews of Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, India, China and Iran

    By The Web Guy

    July 12, 2008 | 6:20 am

    Dr. Zvi Feine, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Director for Africa and Asia and Deputy Director of JDC-Israel, speaking at Shabbat eve services at Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park, Kansas. In the October 26, 2007 presentation, he...

  • Through the looking glass with Friends of Sabeel

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Covering a meeting of Friends of Sabeel is a strange experience. "Strange" as in walking through the looking glass and encountering a reverse universe on the other side.

    While we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence, they are mourning six decades of the nakba, the...

  • Muslim creationist gets three years prison time

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 12, 2008 | 2:12 pm

    Harun Yahya is the best-known creationist in the Muslim world. Author of the 12-pound, 800-page anti-evolution tome, “Atlas of Creation,” Yahya, AKA Adnan Oktar, has also been dogged by legal problems, which culminated Friday in a three-year prison sentence in Turkey “for creating an...

  • ‘Ain’t no Darwin fish’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 1, 2008 | 10:55 am

    Jonah Goldberg, who I have been prudent enough to never quote here, watched that anti-Islam film I mentioned Friday, “Fitna,” and found himself fixated on fish. He, who in most other cases is very close to crazy in his logic, explains:

    During a 1991 visit to Istanbul, a buddy and I...

  • Turkey moves to modernize Islam

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 9, 2008 | 7:34 pm

    The country’s powerful Department of Religious Affairs has commissioned a team of theologians at Ankara University to carry out a fundamental revision of the Hadith, the second most sacred text in Islam after the Koran.

    The Hadith is a collection of thousands of sayings reputed to...

  • The Armenian question

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

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