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December 12, 2013 8

Anti-Semitic Christmas carol about burning Jews sung on Romanian TV

A Roman­ian pub­lic tele­vi­sion chan­nel broad­cast a Christ­mas carol with vir­u­lently anti-Semitic lyrics.

Dur­ing the Decem­ber 6 live broad­cast, a Roman­ian folk ensem­ble, Dor Tran­sil­van, sang the Christ­mas carol whose lyrics included, “A beau­ti­ful child was born / His name was Jesus Christ / All the world wor­ships Him / But the kikes / Damn kikes / Holy God would not leave the kike alive / Either in the sky or on the Earth / Only in the chim­ney as smoke / This is what the kike is good for / To make kike smoke through the chim­ney on the street.”

ADL’s affil­i­ate in Roma­nia, MCA Roma­nia, wrote to Pres­i­dent Tra­ian Basecu and Prime Min­is­ter Vic­tor Ponta, call­ing on those respon­si­ble for such anti-Semitism broad­cast on state tele­vi­sion to be held to account.   The let­ter noted that no one reacted to the anti-Semitism and the show’s host said at the end of the per­for­mance: “Thank you very much for the carol! Thank you very much for the carol!”

MCA Roma­nia also pointed out that sev­eral months prior, state-owned Radio Roma­nia had broad­cast a pro­gram that praised Romania’s Nazi-allied WWII leader Mar­shal Ion Antonescu and the anti-Semitic Legion­naire Move­ment and included a Holo­caust denial statement.

On Decem­ber 11, Roman­ian Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion Chan­nel 3, which had broad­cast the Christ­mas carol per­for­mance live as part of its show on win­ter reli­gious tra­di­tions in Roman­ian vil­lages, issued an apol­ogy, express­ing “deep regret” for the carol with “anti-Semitic expressions.”

On Decem­ber 12, For­eign Min­is­ter Titus Cor­latean said, “I pub­licly express my legit­i­mate expec­ta­tion that the rel­e­vant insti­tu­tions, the National Audio­vi­sual Coun­cil (CNA), the National Coun­cil against Dis­crim­i­na­tion (CNCD), the Gen­eral Prosecutor’s Office, as well as the spe­cial­ized com­mit­tees of Par­lia­ment will take the nec­es­sary mea­sures and inves­ti­gate, pun­ish and pre­vent” such situations.

The National Audio­vi­sual Coun­cil sub­se­quently fined the TV sta­tion 50,000 lei, about $15,500.

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