Jews and Muslims Gather to Mark Anniversary of Synagogue Attacks

November 15, 2004

Source: Ha-Aretz

On November 15, 2004 Ha-Aretz reported, "Turkish Jews and Muslims cried in the rain and recited prayers of mourning Monday as they marked the first anniversary of suicide bombings that struck two Istanbul synagogues in attacks blamed on a local Al-Qaida cell.

Some 60 people were killed in November 15 attacks on the Neve Shalom and Beth Israel synagogues and similar attacks five days later on the British Consulate and a London-based bank. Most of the dead were Turkish Muslims... 'We're here today to show our national unity,' Silvyo Ovadya, president of Turkey's Jewish Community, said at the memorial services. 'Those who aimed to hurt Turkish Jews actually hurt Turkey.'"