Turkish community chief disowns ‘plotter rabbi’

By Sami Kohen, November 20, 2008

The Jewish community in Turkey has warned that the case of a supposed convert to Judaism accused of being involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the government may stir antisemitic feeling.

Tuncay Guney, 36, left Turkey in 2004 and emigrated to Canada, where he reportedly adopted the Jewish faith and became a "rabbi" in Toronto.


Jewish students meet in Turkey to foster interfaith dialogue

By Sami Kohen, August 26, 2008
More than 500 Jewish young men and women from across Europe gathered in the port town of Sile near Istanbul as part of a summer programme organised by the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS).

Some 70 Jewish students from Istanbul joined the group in their week-long event, the first time that Jewish students from Europe held their annual summer event - called Summer-U - in Turkey.


Iran uses Turkey visit to attack Israel

By Sami Kohen, August 21, 2008

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seized the opportunity of visiting Istanbul to launch fierce attacks on Israel.

His visit caused diplomatic tensions between Israel and Turkey, which enjoy close relations.

‘"The deep-rooted reason for all the aggressions, oppression and bloodshed in the region is the Zionist regime,'' he said at a press conference as he ended his two-day working visit to Istanbul last week during which he had extensive talks with Turkish leaders on bilateral relations and Tehran's nuclear ambitions.