The Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate issued a notice to imams asking them to urge common sense be shown to Jewish citizens amid reactions against Israel over the recent Gaza operations, Hurriyet daily reported on Monday.
"Do not say even a single word that might somehow provoke people, although you may speak with good intentions," the mufti of
"In your sermons, make the necessary remarks to urge people not to disturb or harass our Jewish citizens," Cagrici added in the notice, Hurriyet reported.
Around 23,000 Jews live in
Hurriyet said the leader of
Ovadya later had a phone conversation with Ali Bardakoglu, the head of the Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate, the report added.
Bardakoglu pledged him to "do their best to prevent the reactions in society over the