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Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim: “We do not condone acts against our Jewish citizens’ places of worship”

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim posted a message on his Twitter account regarding the recent protests and demonstrations that took place in front of Neve Salom and Balat Ahrida Synagogues and emphasized that Jewish citizens of Turkey have been this country’s social wealth for centuries.
Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim: “We do not condone acts against our Jewish citizens’ places of worship”
Prime Minister Yildirim

In his message, Prime Minister Yildirim stated:

“Terror is a common threat for all humanity. Terror does not have a religion, a language or a race. It is unacceptable for any reason to restrict the entry of Muslims to Al-aqsa Mosque.  We, once again strongly condemn it.

We expect Israeli government to take into consideration Islam World’s sensitivities and correct this mistake, right away.

Our Jewish citizens, whom we have been living together for centuries, are one of the most important elements of our social wealth.

We are heirs of a civilization that embraces all differences as wealth, regardless of religion, sect, language or race.

Therefore, I do not condone acts against our Jewish Citizens’ places of worship and call our citizens to act temperate.”

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “Damaging other religions’ places of worship does not exist in our civilization”

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, before leaving for his official Gulf visit, also gave a statement regarding the issue.

Erdogan stated that it couldn’t be expected from Islam World to remain unresponsive to the restrictions in place at Al-aqsa Mosque.  Regarding Alperen Hearths’ recent protests and demonstrations in front of synagogues, Erdogan said, “The violation of rights in Jerusalem can never be an excuse for Muslims to violate other people’s rights. Damaging other religions’ places of worship does not exist in our civilization.”

Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that he has spoken with ministers of foreign affairs from various countries, first and foremost Islamic countries about the issue regarding Al-aqsa Mosque and added that Islamic countries should take a common action.

Cavusoglu said that they could not see the sensitivity they were expecting from Arab countries. He said, “In such a situation, as Islamic countries we should all look out for Jerusalem, in unity and solidarity. “

Cavusoglu stated that Turkey held necessary official talks with concerning parties and citizens are showing their democratic reaction. However, he added that we must distinguish between reaction to Israel and reaction to Turkish Jewish citizens. He said that as long as within the law, citizens can express their reaction in front of Israel’s diplomatic missions without inflicting any kind of physical damage, however they should refrain from showing any reaction to Jewish citizens living in Turkey  or engage in any act that will cause worry for Jewish citizens.

 

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