Attempt to Kill Prominent Jewish Businessman Fails
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) _ Gunmen fired on a prominent Jewish businessman as he was driving to work today, but he escaped unharmed, news reports said.
Jak Kamhi’s bodyguards and police, following in another car, returned fire but the four gunmen escaped, state media and the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.
Anatolia said police found bloodstains in the getaway car, which was later found abandoned. They also found firearms and grenades in the car.
Kamhi heads the Profilo Holding conglomerate and the foundation commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Jews’ arrival in Turkey following their expulsion from Spain.
The last terrorist attack on Turkish Jews occurred in 1986, when 22 Jews died in an assault at an Istanbul synagogue. About 25,000 Jews live in Turkey, a predominantly Muslim but officially secular country of 60 million.