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Moldovan Menorah-Destroyers Avoid Prosecution

Blatantly anti-Semitic incident did not incite religious hatred

by
Marc Tracy
January 07, 2010

The prosecutor in Moldova’s capital city of Chisinau has decided not to file any charges related to an allegedly anti-Semitic incident there last month. Then, a group of Orthodox Christians stormed a Hanukkah menorah set up near the town center, tore it down, and replaced it with a cross, while the priest leading the group declared: “We are an Orthodox country. Stephan the Great defended our country from all kinds of Zjids, and now they come and put their menorah here. This is anarchy.” Incitement to racial or religious hatred is outlawed in the tiny Eastern European country.

The non-prosecution should surprise no one, since the whole mess was the Jews’ fault in the first place.

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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