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Threat to Neve Shalom Synagogue

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On November 7, an unidentified person posted a note saying “To be Demolished” on the main entrance gate of Neve Shalom Synagogue, Istanbul’s largest synagogue.

Alevis slam Davutoğlu for not respecting ECtHR ruling

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Alevi leaders as well as other public figures have reacted strongly to remarks made by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu stating that the government does not need to take a lesson from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which has urged Turkey to end compulsory religious courses at Turkish schools, regarding discrimination.

Gov’t prepares to tackle Alevi Issue as Alevi Dede praises reforms

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The initiative will concern not only the Alevi community with which the government has long been in conflict, but also other minorities who are reluctant to be attached to the Directorate of Religious Affairs. The establishment of a "regulative and controlling council," which will embrace every section of society refusing to be linked to the ministry, is expected to be part of the reforms that will be introduced by the government.

Unknown Codes Of The New Alevi Initiative

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While the government is handling the Alevi question, it will not engage in discussions over the status of cemevis as recognized houses of worship and will leave it to the initiative of the members of the Alevi community, as there are different opinions about this issue among Alevis themselves. Rather than the discussion of the status of cemevis, the government is supposed to make some arrangements that will meet basic needs of the Alevi community such as covering the expenses of cemevis.