Turkish Press News
These are some of the major headlines and their brief stories in Turkeyâs press on November 17, 2003. EFL:
HERE ARE FIRST CLUES
Information regarding the bomb attacks on two synagogues of Istanbul started to become clear. Due to first clues, the assailants were from the Middle East and those who helped them were Turkish. The security camera of Neve Shalom synagogue showed the image of the terrorist who staged the suicide attack in a red lorry. The assailant who died in the bombing is believed to be an Arab. Police believe that those who helped the organization of the bomb attacks were Turkish. The two lorries were bought second handed and they were registered on Turkish citizens.
This sounds about right, the boomers are imported islamic cannon fodder with local support. Sounds like they made the same mistake with the trucks as they did in Bali and other locations, locals bought them and thought they couldnât be traced when they blew up.
TURKEY IS OUR HOME, WE WILL NEVER LEAVE HERE
A Turkish citizen of Jewish origin gave the most meaningful response to terrorists who caused bloodshed in Istanbul by staging bomb attacks on two synagogues. Yusuf Habib Gerez, 77, said that ââI will not leave Turkey even if they launch bombings for million times. Here is our home and it will always be so.ââ The words of Gerez were covered by Los Angeles Times newspaper of the U.S.
ANTI-TERRORISM TEAM OF U.S. COMES TO ANKARA
A special team came from the U.S. to investigate the connections of terrorist organizations Al Qaeda and Hamas in Turkey. The U.S. delegationâs official agenda is to have contacts about ââfreezing of assets to prevent financing terrorism and black money laundering and meeting with prosecutors and judges who are specialized in such cases.ââ
FBI or Treasury Department, paper trails our speciality.
TWO ACTIVISTS DETERMINED
Police determined two activists who participated in fight voluntarily in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Chechnya. Security forces detained relatives of those persons. It was thought that two suspects had connection with Islamic terrorist organizations. Police reached important evidences from licenses of two trucks which were used in bomb attacks on two synagogues in Sisli and Beyoglu.
If they went to fight in Chechnya, they most likely had al-Qaeda travel agents. See what I meant about the trucks?
CHIEF RABBI IN TURKEY ASKS PRIME MINISTER ERDOGAN A SAFE PLACE FOR SYNAGOGUE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Ishak Haleva, the Chief Rabbi in Turkey, and expressed condolences over people who died in bomb attacks on two synagogues in Istanbul. Haleva asked Erdogan a new synagogue to be built in a safer place. Erdogan welcomed the offer and Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu gave an instruction that necessary support would be made within the scope of the laws.
Murat was correct, Rabbi Haleva wants a new synagogue that has better security. Need space around it for blast protection. Works for me, the US has built new embassies for the same reason.
Posted by: Steve 2003-11-17