Muserref Erdem, a 70-year-old woman who lives in Turkey’s western Manisa province achieved her dream of 21 years of meeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdem communicated her wish to President Erdoğan through the municipality mayor of the Sehzadeler district where she resides. In a ceremony in the city, the old lady and her husband Sadullah Erdem were taken to the meeting area by Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Betül Sayan and were introduced to Erdoğan. The senior couple presented a ring and prayer book to the president, and Erdoğan gifted them prayer beads and a prayer book that he published in the name of his late mother Tenzile Erdogan.
For a retired teacher, the expression “life’s an open book” takes on new meaning. Dursun Çiçek, who lives in Turkey’s central city of Kayseri, has around 30,000 books in his home. His love of books started in his childhood when he was in primary school when he sought to emulate his older brothers in reading books and not before long it became a habit. He then started buying books with every penny he earned for many years. The 54-year-old has now collected 30,000 books in his personal library.
Thousands of Turks took to the streets following the Friday prayers after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Protests, primarily in Istanbul and capital Ankara, are being held in various provinces across the country, including Samsun, Sinop, Kastamonu, Tokat, Amasya, Çankırı, Çorum, Van, Muş, Hakkari and Bitlis. While the universities in Turkish cities such as Trabzon, Bayburt, Rize and Giresun condemned the decision, members of non-governmental organizations in eastern Turkey reacted to the move and announced that they would stage protests. President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and initiated a plan to move the U.S.’s Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. “Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” he said at the White House.