By COLlive reporter
The anti-Semitic harassment of a mashgiach in the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, has led one kashrus agency to pull out its kosher supervisors from the large Muslim country.
The employee of the Eda Hacharedis, a trusted name with kosher consumers and based out of Jerusalem, was traveling back home to Israel last week when he was confronted about the war in Gaza.
A short while before his flight, a group of people congregated around him and began screaming curses and insults in Arabic, Israeli news websites reported.
A representative of Turkish Airlines, the carrier the Jewish man was flying with, saw the commotion and helped the man escape from the mob to a restricted area until boarding time.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was been on a vocal rant against Israel in recent years, which only intensified with the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas terrorists. Erdogan said last week that Israel was “worse than Hitler.”
In response to the incident, the Eda Hacharedis ordered its mashgichim stationed at food facilities around Turkey to return home out of fear for their safety. Scheduled trips to the country by its employees were cancelled until further notice.
The decision has financial implications as companies will have to postpone production lines planned at Turkish food plants. The kashrus agency reported that manufacturers and distributors asked to rethink or delay the decision, but were refused.
In Europe, growing anti-Semitism has also rung the alarm bells. As a result, kashrus officials think twice before dispatching a rabbi into a part of the world that they may not be familiar with, Kosher Today reports.
According to sources in Israel’s Chief Rabbinate’s office, one direct result of the turmoil in many places in the world is to restrict the travel of kashrus officials in trouble spots, it was reported.
Relying on local rabbis who “understand the lay of the land” seems to be the new modus operandi of many kashrus organizations, it said. The caution has extended even to Israel where some food plants are located in Sderot and other border towns.
Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Kashrus Division of the Orthodox Union, which certifies companies in some 99 nations, says that the organization relies heavily on local rabbinic authorities in many parts of the world, many within the worldwide Chabad network.
Even though in the future this impacts the Kosher consumer, especially in Israel, enough is enough. The OU, OK, Chof K & everyone else should pull out their people too. We should all stop flying Turkish Airlines (I just found a great deal flying Air Berlin, not that the Germans are great but they are better). Hit these 3rd world sickos where it hurts: IN THE WALLET. Daven that the PM is defeated in the upcoming elections.Share
Now Turkey will lose money as a consequence of its encouragement of antisemitism. Very unfortunate that the companies who subcontract to Turkish facilities will also lose money but hopefully they will find friendlier countries to produce their products.Share
There are shluchim in Turkey and we need to support them and the Jews that are thereShare
Lots of parents have booked flights to Israel on T. Air because it’s cheaper, I strongly advise them to think again– it’s not worth risking their safety CH”V and i wouldn’t give Turkey a dime of my money. i know a mom who’s buying a new ticket, even though she already had bought one on TA– smart move! i booked my chid’s flight on Air Canada, I’ll save the $$$ some other way.Share
less money for turkey. make your kosher products in Jew friendly countries. why support Jew hates? there are so many other impoverished countires in the world who will gladly take your jobs. not worth risking the welfare of jewish employees.Share
We’ll get it from somewhere other than one of the mostShare
anti-semitic countries in the world.
Worth the price… its the safest airline, guaranteed safety!!Share