European Jewish Association concerned over Romanian President “secret agreements with Jews” remark

April 27, 2018

The Chairman of the European Jewish Association Rabbi Menachem Margolin expressed his concern at remarks made by the Romanian President in which he resorted to language  such as “secret agreements with the Jews.”
President Klaus Iohannis made the remarks to the media following Romanian Prime Ministerial meetings with the Israeli government. The President it seems was expressing his discomfort over not being previously consulted on the content of the visit as well as on the decision of Jerusalem recognition, according to established protocol, where the controversial remark was made.
Rabbi Menachem Margolin, whose Brussels based organisation represents Jews across the continent warned that Heads of State should avoid using such language “heavy at it is with connotation and sinister undertone.”
In a statement from Brussels, Rabbi Margolin said,
“Regardless of established protocols and the President’s evident displeasure that they were not adhered to, I would urge restraint and caution when it comes Heads of State to using language such as this.
“In the media heat of the moment, finding the correct words is not always easy, and we are prepared to give the President the benefit of the doubt on this occasion. But using such language, loaded as it is with connotation and sinister undertone, can be seized upon by unsavoury elements in society and naturally, sets off alarm bells amongst the Jewish community.”

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בית המכירות “אלכסנדר” (Alexander Historical Auctions), הפועל במדינת מרילנד שבארצות הברית, יציע מגוון רחב של פרטים שהיו בבעלותו של הצורר, בת זוגו אווה בראון ובכירים במפלגה הנאצית ובוורמאכט. למעלה מ-30 מנהיגי קהילות וארגונים יהודיים אירופיים הצטרפו ליו”ר איגוד הארגונים היהודים באירופה (EJA), הרב מנחם מרגולין, בקריאה לביטול המכירה הפומבית.

במכתב בהול למנהל בית המכירות, מציינים הרב מרגולין ועשרות המנהיגים היהודים כי “המכירה של הפריטים האלה היא תועבה, ואין ערך היסטורי מהותי לחלק הארי של הפריטים המוצגים, לכן יש לפקפק במוטיבציה של הרוכשים אותם”. הם הוסיפו כי “אירופה סבלה מאוד בגלל האידיאולוגיה המעוותת והרצחנית של המפלגה הנאצית. מיליונים מתו כדי לשמר את ערכי החופש שאנו רואים כיום כמובנים מאליהם, כולל כמעט חצי מיליון אמריקנים. היבשת שלנו זרועה בקברי אחים לזיכרון ובאתרי מחנות המוות”.

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