Religious scandal at Chisinau/Kishinev after a group of almost 100 devoted Orthodox Christians lead by their priest teared up a Jewish Menorah on the day of Hanukkah.
The Menorah was placed right next to the Stephen III of Moldavia statue (better known as Stephen the Great) Friday on December 11 by “representatives” of the Jewish community from the Moldovan Republic for Hanukkah celebration.
The Christians pulled the Menorah and placed a Christian cross instead of it.
“Placing a Jewish symbol next to the statue of Stephen the Great is an offense” said one of the leaders of the protest. “We are Orthodox Christians, we are a nation of Christians and Stephen the Great protected our nation from all kind Jews but Friday, they came here and placed their Menorah right in the middle of our square! This is a sacrilege! We can’t believe how our government allowed such a thing in a Christian nation!” said the priest.
The priest then held the Moldovan flag and shown it to the TV cameras: “The Cross here on our flag is our symbol, we will protect our nation with the holy cross! No Jew will oppress us in our own nation!”
Jewish representatives informed all competent forums and the Moldovan Church.
An old Jewish man said on a local TV channel: “This is unpleasant, its an act of xenophobia and antisemitism that never occurred in “our country” and they have to be stopped.”
The police said they tried without success to convince the Christians not to pull the Menorah out but they didn’t wanted to oppress the Christians.
Justice minister, Alexandru Tanase from Chisinau said that he will not tolerate such actions and that he will seek to persecute all Christians who don’t comply with their rules. He said that such actions are punishable by either a fine or 3 years imprisonment.
To avoid further conflicts, the Jewish Menorah has been moved at the Monument of the Holocaust Victims, in another side of the city.