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Jewish Wedding at Refurbished Ancient Synagogue in Turkey Ignites Antisemitic Response on Twitter

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The wedding at the renovated synagogue in Edirne, Turkey. Photo: Twitter/Screenshot.

The wedding at the renovated synagogue in Edirne, Turkey. Photo: Twitter/Screenshot.

A video of a Jewish wedding in Turkey aroused a slew of antisemitic comments on social media, the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Sunday.

According to the report, the wedding was particularly special, because it was the first time in 41 years that such a ceremony had taken place at the now-renovated synagogue in Edirne.

The event was first broadcast live on the website Periscope, but a video of it was later uploaded by the head of the Turkish Jewish community to his Twitter page. According to nrg, when Ishak Ibrahimzadeh tweeted the link to the broadcast, his feed was met with comments in Turkish such as, “Too bad Hitler didn’t finish the job,” and “kill the Jews.” Others referred to “occupied Palestine.”

Edirne is a city in Thrace, close to Turkey’s border with Greece and Bulgaria. During the early 1970s, there were about 100 Jews living in the city. In 1971, its Jewish cemetery there was abandoned by the authorities, later destroyed and finally covered over by private homes.

In 2012, it was reported that there was only a single Jew remaining in Edirne, in spite of the city’s 1,500-year Jewish history there. In 2013, renovation began on its synagogue, which was opened to the public last year.

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