An anti-Semitic attack late last week at a restaurant in Turkey left two Jews running for their lives, The Algemeiner has learned.
In an email seen by The Algemeiner, one of the victims described their experience, which took place in Turkey’s Babaeski region, as they returned from a business trip in the city of Edirne. The victims asked not to be named to prevent any further threats.
After stopping for a lunch break, the victim said, “We gave our orders at a fish Restaurant. And once the owner of the Restaurant somehow figured out that we are Jewish, he made clear to us that he will not serve food to Jews, and started cursing the Torah.”
“Following anti-Semitic words he lost control and picked up a dangerous tool from the counter-top, he started attacking us,” the victim continued. “We started running for our lives.”
The pair said they escaped unharmed and returned home safely, but added that the “terrible experience” was “scary.”
The incident is among others that point to an increasingly hostile environment for the country’s Jews.
Late last year, a group of supporters of Turkey’s Islamist Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, shouted “are you Jewish” as they attacked a woman as she was walking in the streets of Istanbul, according to a report. The woman posted pictures on Twitter which showed bruises on her face and body.
Erdoğan and his allies have blamed “international groups” for a corruption scandal that recently rocked the country.