World Watch


One of two Istanbul synagogues torn apart by car bombs

Shattered Prayers
TURKEY Overlooking the Golden Horn, the Galata district of Istanbul has been a multicultural neighborhood for more than 600 years. Last week the Jewish communities in Galata and nearby Sisli were targeted when simultaneous car-bomb blasts destroyed two synagogues, killing at least 20 people and wounding some 250 others. Ali Ozudogru, who runs a small chandelier business, was one of the first at the scene at the Neve Shalom synagogue. "Arms and legs and bits of flesh were everywhere," he says. "I saw one person totally burnt, with just his eyes moving."...

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