A man threw a Molotov cocktail at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Izmir, Turkey. The firebomb fell to the sidewalk and did not damage the synagogue.
Members of the Jewish Community of Turkey held an Iftar, a Muslim fast-breaking during Ramadan, in the north-western province of Edirne on Monday.
A pro-government newspaper in Turkey has been condemned by the country’s Jewish community after it accused “Jewish businessmen” of engaging in suspicious transactions in the run-up to the abortive coup of 2016.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to cut ties with Israel should U.S. President Donald Trump recognise Jerusalem as its capital, portending the backlash the move would likely cause in Muslim-majority nations.
Jews were the most targeted group in hate speech in the Turkish media in the most recent period, according to a report prepared by the Istanbul-based Hrant Dink Foundation.
Turkey’s small Jewish community got a rare chance to showcase its culture in Istanbul last Sunday during the European Days of Jewish Culture event. “Our target is non-Jews who want to know more about us,” said Nisya Isman Allovi, director of the Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews that organised the event, which was attended by about 1,300 people.