Turkish president extends Hanukkah greetings to Jewish citizens
AA photoPresident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has extended holiday greetings to Turkey’s Jewish citizens and to all Jewish people on the occasion of Hanukkah.
“We are members of a rooted civilization that perceives diversity in our social, cultural, political and human structure as richness, and which is based on respect for freedom of religion and faith. This tradition, which has ensured that our people have lived together peacefully in this region for centuries – regardless of their religion, language or ethnic roots – has made an important contribution to our country’s rise, which is being followed with appreciation in the region and in the world,” Erdoğan said in a written message released on Dec. 7.
Hanukkah, also known as The Festival of Lights, commemorates the re-dedication of the second temple in Jerusalem. It began at sundown on Dec. 6 and will continue until nightfall on Dec. 14.
“The reforms that we have implemented, particularly over the last 13 years, have made it possible for all our citizens to live their faith freely, strengthening the feeling of unity, togetherness and belonging of our precious nation. Our Jewish citizens are an indispensable part of our society, and with these thoughts I wish peace, happiness and well-being to all Jews on the occasion of Hanukkah,” President Erdoğan also stated.