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Jewish writer murdered in Turkey, antisemitism suspected as motive

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The popular Turkish-Jewish author Beki İkala Erikli, has been found murdered in Istanbul.

Erikli was found shot outside her office in Istanbul.

It was reported in the Turkish press that she had been shot three times in the afternoon, and was found lying in a pool of her own blood.

She is married to a Turkish Muslim man, and briefly lived in America before returning to Turkey.

The local Jewish community, of which she was an active member, raised concerns that this could be an antisemitic murder.

Erikli’s books were apparently popular among Turkish women.


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By Daniel Leons-Marder

Daniel Leons-Marder is the editor of Everyday Antisemitism.

He first became involved with Campaign Against Antisemitism when he became aware of Holocaust denial books being sold by Amazon. He graduated in Summer 2016 with First Class Honours and as Dux Litterarum in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from Royal Holloway. He is currently at law school. He was previously a recording and touring musician.