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Istanbul synagogue targeted in Temple Mount demonstrations
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Istanbul synagogue targeted in Temple Mount demonstrations

Demonstrators in Istanbul protesting the installation of metal detectors at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem kicked a synagogue’s doors and hurled objects at it.

Several dozen men gathered around the Neve Shalom synagogue in Istanbul with anti-Israel signs on Thursday night in what the Turkish Jewish community on Twitter called “intimidation and provocation.” The community called on authorities to make sure it “stops” and that the people responsible are prosecuted for a hate crime.

The protesters came to demonstrate against the decision by Israeli authorities to position the metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount compound. The devices were placed at the site, where the Al Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock are situated, after three Palestinian terrorists shot and killed two police officers there on July 14.

One demonstrator, who identified himself as Kürşat Mican, told reporters at the synagogue: “The Zionists prevent our brethren’s freedom of worship. We are here to block you from your freedom of worship. No matter if we are stopped here today, we will come tomorrow. No one can enter here.”

Photographs of the incident show some of the demonstrators tossing the signs they carried at the synagogue doors.

Murat Yetkin, a Turkish journalist and columnist for Hurriyet, condemned the incident.

Reactions to Israel’s actions “should not be directed towards the Jewish community, a part of Turkish society, citizens, with the threat of violence,” he wrote. Turkey has approximately 20,000 Jews.

Ivo Molinas, the editor-in-chief of the Turkish Jewish community, wrote on Twitter: “I am a Turkish citizen. Why do you protest outside my place of worship?”

 Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

Monday, July 24, 2017
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