President Erdogan: “Jewish citizens are an integral part of our society”State officials, first and foremost President Erdogan and Prime Minister Yildirim, congratulated Turkish Jewish Community on the occasion of Hanukkah Holiday.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Hanukkah message posted on the official Presidency web site read:
“I sincerely congratulate our Jewish citizens on Hanukkah Holiday. As members of a long-established civilization regarding diversity as wealth and refusing to discriminate between religion, language and race, we place great importance to ensuring all people practice their own faith and traditions freely, as always.
Thus, on every occasion, we emphasize how important it is for all our citizens to be able to reflect their own culture, faith and traditions upon their lives and the significance of mutual love and respect to preserve our unity and solidarity.
With these emotions in mind, I congratulate the Hanukkah holiday of all Jews, first and foremost our Jewish citizens who are an integral part of our society. May peace be with them."
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim: “On this land, freedom of religion is under state’s guarantee”
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also issued a message for the Hanukkah Holiday. His message read:
“Throughout history, our country, an intersection point for different civilizations and cultures that has welcomed all races, faiths and religions, has been a geography where everyone lives in peace. This wealthy and peaceful environment has managed to successfully overcome all challenges including the abominable July 15 coup attempt. These challenges, regardless of the malicious intentions of those who planned them, reinforced our nation’s unity and solidarity.
On this land, all people’s rights and remedies including freedom of religion have been under state’s guarantee. Human relations and affairs based on mutual respect and cooperation has always dominated our social lives.
We have always stood up against all kinds of marginalization and discrimination and supported human rights and freedoms and we will continue to do so. Turkish people will continue striving to reinforce peace and tolerance with the strength of its historical legacy and cultural wealth.”
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s message:
Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu sent a message to Chief Rabbi Isak Haleva and Leader of Turkish Jewish Community Ishak Ibrahimzadeh to extend his best wishes for the Hanukkah holiday. His message read, “Our main goal is to dignify Turkey and the Turkish people. In that respect, I would like to sincerely congratulate our Jewish Citizens, an integral part of our society who have been contributing significantly to achieving our goal, on their Hanukkah Holiday.”
Minister of EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Omer Celik’s message:
Minister Omer Celik in his message emphasized that the holidays are one of the most important aspects of our wealth and they represent the real embodiment of mutual love, respect, union, solidarity and fraternity.
His message read, “All our citizens regardless of ethnicity, faith, language and political views are our country’s fundamental elements. They are all first-class citizens of the Turkish Republic. Our mutual understanding nourished by Anatolia’s unifying spirit stipulates absolute sensitivity to ensure that everyone practices their faith and traditions freely.”
AKP MP Mustafa Yeneorglu congratulated Jewish citizens on Hanukkah holiday with a tweet that said, “I congratulate our Jewish citizens on #Hanukkah holiday and wish that with all our different colors and differences, our social unity continues to flourish.”
Other officials who sent their greetings included, Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul Kadir Topbas, Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality of Izmir Aziz Kocaoglu, Beyoglu Mayor Misbah Demircan, The Prince’s Islands Mayor Atilla Aytac, Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Umit Yalcin, The Prince’s Islands district governor Hikmet Dengesik. Also, Former President of Turkey Ahmet Necdet Sezer personally called Chief Rabbi Haleva and congratulated all Jewish citizens.