Turkey boosts security for Jewish residents amid protests

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Demonstrators holding flags protest against an attack by Israeli forces on the international Gaza aid flotilla that has killed 20 people, including Turkish activists, in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, May 31, 2010. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Turkey has taken tight security measures to protect its Jewish minority as well as Israel's diplomatic missions in response to increased tensions following Israel's raid on a Turkish-flagged aid ship, Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay said Wednesday.

Security has been stepped up at 20 points in the Turkish largest city of Istanbul alone, where there are several synagogues and centers serving 23,000 Jewish residents, Atalay was quoted as saying by local Daily News on its website.

Measures have been taken at residences, consulates and places of worship in the city, according to Atalay.

The move came as hundreds of Turks protested against Israel for the third day on Wednesday.

The interior minister said no harm had been done or would be allowed to come to any Jewish person during demonstrations staged in Turkey.

The Jewish community in Turkey is definitely worried, according to Ivo Molinas, the editor in chief of the Istanbul-based weekly publication Shalom, who said that the anger in the country could turn very easily into anti-Semitism.

"The rhetoric used by the prime minister has been very radical, " Molinas said.

Source: Xinhua


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