Following is the message President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued on the occasion of Hanukkah:
“On the occasion of Hanukkah, I wholeheartedly congratulate our citizens of Jewish faith.
Our Jewish citizens, with whom we live together in a strong sense of unity, solidarity and belonging, are an inseparable part of our society, as has been the case in the past.
While antisemitism, Islamophobia and xenophobia threaten social peace today in many countries as well as global peace, the unity and solidarity, all our citizens display in our country with mutual respect, love and understanding without any discrimination, sets an exceptional example to the entire world.
With these thoughts in mind, I hope Hanukkah may bring well-being to all the Jewish people, especially our Jewish citizens, and extend my most heartfelt greetings to them.”