Scuze comunităţii evreieşti pentru colindul antisemit de la Cluj / Apologies to the Jewish community for the anti-Semitic carol in Cluj ...

In December 2013, on the occasion of the relaunching of the TVR 3 (public TV station), two carols have been selected as well to be broadcast, among which there was also a carol that dated more than a century before. The lyrics of this one carol contained pejorative appellations addressed to the Jewish community. The public TV station was fined and the then director of the Cluj County Centre for Preserving and Promoting Traditional Culture expressed his apologies, confessing that he had proposed the two carols to be broadcast based on the fact that they were short enough, without realizing the message they were sending. He publicly apologized for the offence against the Jewish community and mentioned that nobody had had the intention of insulting the Jewish people. The then foreign minister said the took note of the event, with "concern and indignation" and mentioned that it's not acceptable for antisemitism to continue to be a reality in the 21st century. He also mentioned that he's waiting all the specialized institutions to investigate, sanction and take measures to prevent such regrettable situations. The Orthodox Church itself expressed its disagreement towards situations that incite to religious or ethnic hatred or antisemitism, highlighting that Romanian Orthodox carols cannot be used to spread hatred between people.

Report by: Irina D., Romania
March 29, 2016 at 8:40 pm
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