ADL Reacts to Report of Anti-Semitic Incident in Turkey

New York, NY, February 12, 2014…The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed alarm at a reported anti-Semitic attack against two Jewish businessmen in a northwestern Turkish city, and called on Turkish authorities to fully investigate the incident.

According to reports, the two Jewish individuals were eating at a restaurant on February 6 in the town of Babaeski when they were attacked by the restaurant’s owner who shouted anti-Semitic epithets and chased them out of the establishment.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

To hear reports of Jews being chased out of a restaurant in Turkey because they are Jewish is shocking.  Turkey has a long and proud history of demonstrating respect and inclusiveness toward its Jewish population.  However, more needs to be done by senior officials to confront such acts, and the Turkish government’s commitment to the safety and security of the Jewish community must be reinforced.

We call on Turkish law enforcement to thoroughly investigate this incident and prosecute to the full extent of the law those responsible.

In July 2013, ADL urged Turkey’s prime minister and other government leaders to reject conspiratorial statements made by Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.