video antisemitisch kerstlied uitgezonden op Staats-TV "TVR3" (screenshot)‘Only in the Chimney’: Anti-Semitic Carol Causes Uproar in Romania – Spiegel Online International

Outrage has erupted among advocacy groups in Romania after the state channel TVR broadcast an anti-Semitic Christmas song calling for Jews to be burned in a chimney. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), the song ran on a Dec. 5 broadcast by the rural-targeted TVR3 channel.

In the broadcast, a choir was shown singing a Christmas song that indirectly glorifies the Holocaust. The song, which rhymes and uses the word “jidovi,” a pejorative word for a Jew, includes the lyrics, “only in the chimney as smoke, this is what the ‘jidov’ is good for. …

“On Wednesday, Romania’s Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean harshly condemned the event and called on the public prosecutor’s office and parliament to bring those responsible to justice. Israel’s embassy said it was “concerned” about the broadcast.

Channel Shifts Responsibility

The channel said in a statement on Thursday that it was not responsible for selecting the Christmas songs, but merely broadcasting carols selected by a cultural center dedicated to preserving the traditional culture of the northwestern Cluj region. The YouTube video of the performance shows the host thanking both the singers and the director of the cultural center and asking him about local Cluj folklore values.

MCA Romania, a non-governmental organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, said it was unacceptable for the channel to evade responsibility by blaming the local organization. According to the JTA, MCA sent a complaint to Romanian President Traian Basescu and Prime Minister Victor Ponta that said: “It is outrageous that members of the public weren’t scandalized by an anti-Semitic song calling for people to burn Jews.”

TVR’s leadership is already in the process of being replaced as a result of an unrelated matter, after the parliament concluded on Tuesday that the station had been mismanaged. TVR head Claudiu Saftoiu and the rest of the management were relieved of their positions and replacements have yet to be found.

tmr — with wires and reporting by Keno Verseck

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…”This pastoral scene of Romanian carolers singing perverse, bigoted and vicious anti-Semitic lyrics utterly shocks the conscience,” Foxman said. “Something is wrong in a society where virulent anti-Semitism masquerading as Christmas cheer could appear on public television and no one blinks. …,7340,L-4464701,00.html

“Romanian state TV airs Christmas carol about burning Jews, celebrating Holocaust” – JPost – By JTA 12/11/2013

Song includes lyric: “This is what the kike is good for, to make kike smoke through the chimney on the street.”

“Roumanie : La chorale de Noël appelle à massacrer les Juifs (video)” –

La télévision d’Etat roumaine est sur la sellette après la diffusion d’une émission de chants folkloriques, le 5 décembre dernier. En direct de la région de Cluj, une chorale a interprété un chant de Noël apparemment anodin. Sauf que ses paroles faisaient ressurgir les heures les plus sombres de l’histoire du pays.

En tenues folkloriques, les choristes entonnaient un couplet où l’on pouvait entendre «Seulement dans la cheminée réduits en fumée, c’est l’endroit pour les Jidov». Ce dernier mot se réfère péjorativement aux Juifs. Or, en 1944, les 18’000 habitants du ghetto de Cluj (alors annexée à la Hongrie, alliée du Reich) avaient été déportés et exterminés à Auschwitz. …

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