antisemitism,  Law

Antisemitic, anti-Armenian banner sends Turkish man to jail

Despite worrying signs of antisemitism in Turkey after Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza (including Prime Minister Erdogan quoting Gilad Atzmon) and despite the all-too-familiar hostility to Armenians, a Turkish man has been sentenced to five months in prison for putting up a banner saying Jews and Armenians were not allowed to enter his business.

Niyazi Capa, who heads a cultural association in the city of Eskisehir, west of Ankara, put up the banner to protest against Israel’s offensive in Gaza earlier this year, which drew widespread condemnation in predominantly Muslim Turkey.

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