Twelve Hours in Istanbul

Mark Twain once said that travel is the cure to racism

Blue Mosque / Shutterstock — Boris Stroujko

An acquaintance of mine heard I was planning to tour Istanbul during my twelve-hour layover en route to Rwanda this past July.

“I think you should stay at the airport. The Muslim Brotherhood runs Turkey and there’s a good chance you’ll be kidnapped. You know that happens to tourists there. You can’t be safe there as a Jew.”