Temple Mount crisis escalates into religious rift abroad, as Muslims in Turkey block entry into, and vandalize synagogues, threatening to ‘come back again’ unless Israel changes its policy.
Two threatening demonstrations and mounting cases of vandalism against synagogues in Turkey—apparently carried out with the regime’s tacit support against the backdrop of the Temple Mount crisis—are raising concerns among the country’s Jewish community.
On the night between Thursday and Friday, dozens of demonstrators attacked the Neve Shalom synagogue in Istanbul, threw rocks at the synagogue, kicked its doors and tried to break in.
At the entrance to the synagogue, a local leader of the Great Union Party, Korsat Michan, spoke out and accused Israel of “harassing our Palestinian brothers and damaging their freedom of worship.”
“Either the Zionists get a grip, or we will come back here again,” he said…
…On Saturday, Erdogan condemned Israel’s “excessive force” in suppressing the demonstrations in protest against the placement of the metal detectors, calling the Palestinians killed in the riots “martyrs.”
The Turkish president refrained from condemning the murder of policemen on the Temple Mount, calling the attack “an incident.”