A Turkish policeman runs after an explosion on the pedestrian Istiklal
avenue in Istanbul on 19 March 2016. (AFP / Bulent KILIC)
News of a imminent attack on Istanbul’s Jewish children by cells of Islamic State (Daesh) comes as no surprise to Jews in the diaspora, who have long had to protect their synagogues and institutions from terrorist threats. What is new, however, is that the story was broken by Sam Kylie at Sky News, thus making it newsworthy to a mainstream mass audience. Times of Israel reports:
Islamic State terrorists are planning an
imminent attack on Jewish kindergartens, schools and youth centers in
Turkey, according to a report by Britain-based Sky News Monday.
report came hours after Jerusalem issued an alert for all Israeli
citizens to leave Turkey as soon as possible, citing an Islamic State
threat, and nine days after three Israelis were killed in a bombing in
According to Sky News,
citing an “intelligence source,” terrorists are plotting to attack a
synagogue which also doubles as a school and community center in the
Beyoglu neighborhood of Istanbul.
The source said the threat was imminent and could happen at any moment.
“This is a more than credible threat. This is
an active plot,” the source said. “We don’t know when it’s scheduled
for. It could be in the next 24 hours or next few days.”