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As Threats Rise, Israelis Mull Nixing Turkey From Travel Plans (VIDEO)

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Turkey hotel booking email exchange with Israeli. Photo Ch.2 News

Turkey hotel booking email exchange with Israeli. Photo Ch.2 News

In the wake of crude anti Semitic remarks by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warnings by Turkish Jews to watch their backs, insults during hotel bookings, and harassment by Istanbul airport employees, some Israelis are weighing less hostile vacation venues.

A Channel Two News team made test calls to several Turkish hotels to book a room, and received supportive replies. However, in email communications to book rooms at 10 hotels in Istanbul, Ankara, and Antalya, the responses were far more disturbing.

One replied, “We do not have any problem with Israil people, the problem is your government ( killing childs with bombs ).” Another warned that “for your further safety concerns it is our duty to inform you that the Palestine embassy is our next door neighbor and we do not have private security within the hotel…”

Turkey hotel booking email exchange with Israeli. Photo Ch.2 News

Turkey hotel booking email exchange with Israeli. Photo Ch.2 News

On Tuesday, a group of Israeli couples, who were returning from Norway after in-vitro fertilization treatments, along with their specialist, had to change planes in Istanbul. While there, the group was harassed and cursed by Turkish Airways employees and airport staff, and were forced to undergo repeated and unnecessary security checks, according to a report.

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“This is the last time I’m setting foot on Turkish soil,” vowed Dr. Eliah Bar. “It’s a miracle we weren’t lynched,” he said.

“It was a horrible feeling, and terribly embarrassing. I had no idea that the remarks by the Turkish president could trickle down to the man in the street – this really was a clear example of antisemitism,” Bar said.

“A,” 57-year-old Turkish Jew and factory owner told Israel’s Channel 2 News that the safety of the country’s some 20,000 Jews has gone from bad to worse since Israel’s Operation Protective Edge to halt Gaza rocket fire began.

“The feeling is not at all pleasant to say the least,” he said. “People just do not say their opinion and I encourage Israelis not to come to Turkey. They would swear at them on the street if they knew where they were from.”

“They curse Hitler morning and night,” Erdogan told a crowd in Ordu in mid-July. “However, now their barbarism has surpassed even Hitler’s,” he said of precision Israeli air strikes on Hamas terrorists, rocket crews and sites, and terror tunnels leading into Israel.

For “Natalie,” in Istanbul, “Day by day it’s only getting worse – in the press, in the streets and just in general. I’m not saying I’m Jewish, and if I am asked then I deny. It is terrifying.”

“People have been seriously thinking of moving to Israel, and there are many who have done it,” Natalie said on Sunday.

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