Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Turks remember 2003 synagogue attacks

Dozens of Turkish Jews and Muslims cried and recited prayers of mourning Wednesday outside two synagogues to commemorate the third anniversary of two suicide bomb attacks blamed on a Turkish al-Qaida cell, The Jerusalem Post reports (with thanks: Albert).

Local officials, religious leaders and family and friends, holding framed photos of victims and the shattered synagogues after the explosions, laid red carnations on the streets outside the rebuilt Neve Shalom and Beth Israel synagogues in solemn ceremonies in Istanbul.

The synagogues were targeted on Nov. 15, 2003 and similar attacks on the British Consulate and the local headquarters of HSBC bank followed just five days later. A total of 58 people died, along with four suicide bombers.

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2 comments:

Albert said...

An article on an Iranian's documentary on Iran's Jewish community:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/788625.html

Albert said...

The last Jew in Afghanistan:

http://www.newstatesman.com/Arts/200611200016