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September 12, 1986 - Image 36

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-09-12

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that Israel's pursuit of peace
with the Arabs was a sign of
weakness that triggered the
attack in Istanbul. Sharon's
moves were made at the in-
sistence of Prime Minister
Shimon Peres, who angrily
broke up the weekly Cabinet
meeting and declared he
would convene no other until
Sharon apologized.

"Yesterday's (Saturday)
murder left a ghastly impres-
sion on all of us. At the same
time, a Cabinet member in-
directly and directly laid
responsibility for the act on
the (Israeli) government,"
Peres said. Sharon, an out-
spoken Likud hardliner s said
in a radio interview after the
outrage in Istanbul, that "the
unceasing pursuit of dubious
and baseless peace plans at a
time when our enemies are
waging an unending war
against us contributed to the
weakening of the Israeli
shield...and has exposed Jews

A Detroiter Expects

No Exodus In Istanbul

ALAN HITSKY

News Editor

Turkish Jew who has
been living in the
United States for 15
years was relieved to find her
family safe on Sunday in the
aftermath of the Sabbath ter-
rorist attack on the Neve
Shalom synagogue in Istan-
bul.
Dr. Sarah Bahar of West
Bloomfield, a psychologist,
was also concerned that
Turks might have been re-
sponsible for the attack. "The
Turkish people have been
very good to minorities —
with the exception of the
Armenians," Dr. Bahar told
The Jewish News. "My par-
ents said the Turks still do
not discriminate between
Muslims and Jews. I was
concerned that there is no
anti-Semitism, and they as-
sured me there is none."
Dr. Bahar said the toll in
the attack would have been
far worse if the incident had
occurred after next week.
Turkish Jews are very
affluent, she said, and many
Jews own summer homes
away from Istanbul. With
school starting next week and
the community returning to
the city, attendance at Sab-
bath services at Neve Shalom
can average 500 persons,
with as many as 1,000 Jews
crowding the sanctuary if
there is a bar mitzvah. The
synagogue was relatively
empty when the terrorists
entered the building Satur-
day morning.
Rebecca Bahar, age 16, Dr.

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Friday, September 12, 1986 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

abroad even more to Palesti-
nian terror."
In New York, American
Jewish leaders reacted with
shock and horror. Morris
Abrams, chairman of the
Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish
Organizations, said, "We are
as horrified by this appalling
criminal and insane act as we
were by the bloody hijacking
of the American plane in
Karachi.
"The slaughter of Jews in
Istanbul by Arab terrorists
reminds us again that it is not
only Israel but the Jewish
people itself that is the target
of fanatical hatred."
Nathan Perlmutter, nation-
al director of the Anti-Defam-
ation League of B'nai B'rith,
-agreed that the source of ter-
rorism needs to be dealt with.
"The home bases of terrorists
should be struck. Maybe that
will provide their host coun-
tries with the motivation to
police them," Perlmutter said.

Bahar's eldest daughter,
spent the summer in Turkey
visiting relatives and was at
Neve Shalom during that
time. Dr. Bahar described the
entrance to the sanctuary
through a long, narrow hall-
way. "My brother and my sis-
ter were married there, and
we have had many family
funerals there," she said.
Her parents assured her
Sunday that the Jewish
community is calm. "They
are confident that the Tur-
kish government will take
care of the situation. The
government made a strong
statement (after the attack),
and the terrorists were Arabs
not Turks." She added that
Turkey was the first Muslim
country to recognize Israel.
"There will be no mass
exodus of the Jewish commu-
nity," she said.

Dr. Bahar explained that
Turkish Jews are celebrating
their 500th anniversary in
Turkey, with the bulk of the
community arriving from
Spain after the Inquisition in
1492.
Detroiter Shirley Behar,
whose parents were Turkish
Jews, visited Neve Shalom
last year. She said the
synagogue, from the street,
looks like any other store
front or office on its block.
"You wouldn't know it was
there except for the five or
six doors with stars of David
over them."
Mrs. Behar, whose brother
David Chicorel is president of
the Sephardic Community of
Greater Detroit, believes
there are only two Jews in

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