Istanbul Store Bans Entry to 'Jew Dogs'

Rampant anti-Semitism on display in Turkish capital as centrally located store posts sign dehumanizing Jews; local Jews slam world apathy.

Ari Yashar , | updated: 2:02 PM

Turks protest outside Israeli embassy (file)
Turks protest outside Israeli embassy (file)

The virulent anti-Semitism that has reared its head with particular animosity in Turkey during Operation Protective Edge shows no sign of abating, as a centrally located store in the country's capital of Istanbul recently refused to do business with "Jew dogs."

A picture of the cell phone store in Istanbul's Fatih district was sent to the Turkish Jewish news site Şalom last week, and shows a sign hung in front of the store forbidding entrance for "Jew dogs," reports Walla!.

The sign included a picture of religious Jews in white kippot, evidently "settlers" from Judea and Samaria, dancing in front of an IDF tank.

The store is located in a commercial district called Tahtakale, where many Jewish-owned stores are run. The Jewish community expressed its outrage over the offensive sign.

"If a sign like this was hung against any other population aside from Jews, the world would be expressing shock and the sign would be removed immediately," local Jews said in a statement. "But when it's Jews, no one opens their mouths, and this could bring serious results."

The blatant anti-Semitism comes as violent protests in July during Operation Protective Edge reached the point where Israel pulled its diplomatic staff from the country, after embassies in Istanbul and Ankara were attacked.

That anti-Semitism appears to be trickling down from former prime minister and recently inducted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose "pan-Islamic" foreign policy and anti-Semitic statements have caused many young Turkish Jews to leave the country.

During the recent fighting in Gaza, Erdogan likening Israel's operation to the actions of genocidal Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. He likewise threatened to end the normalization process with Israel over "state terrorism."

Even in May, well before the operation, Erdogan spewed an anti-Semitic insult as he kicked and beat a protester who approached him over the May 2014 Soma mine disaster, shrieking "why are you running away from me - Israeli sperm!" Footage later showed security forces beating the man.

While Israel formerly enjoyed decent relations with Turkey, those relations broke off over the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, when the Marmara ship, claiming to be bringing "humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza," defied orders to turn around and dock at the Ashdod port.

The IDF eventually boarded the vessel only to be attacked by Islamist extremists on board. The soldiers had no choice but to open fire, resulting in the deaths of ten Islamists on board. After an investigation, Israeli authorities discovered the vessel to be carrying no humanitarian aid - in fact, no aid supplies at all. 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu later controversially apologized to Turkey over the act of self-defense, and talks of Israel paying millions of dollars in compensation began. However, Turkey's new prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu last Monday said there was "no hope" of normalization with Israel.