A poster campaign by Germany's Interior Ministry to advertise a hotline for those worried that a friend or family member may be turning to radical Islam has met with strong criticism from Turkish officials.

Citing German Prime Minister Angela Merkel's decision to disable a court decision prohibiting circumcision, the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ has called on her to again take steps against her interior ministry's latest initiative. "I hope she will not let this campaign be launched," Bozdağ told reporters yesterday, adding that the law of the state should stand against real criminals and terrorists, "instead of incriminating innocent people." The campaign has been founded under the "Security Partnership Initiative" by Germany's Interior Ministry. Bozdağ said the campaign was an affront to Muslims "since it sees Muslim people as a security concern."

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