Anti-Semitic Christmas carol broadcast on Romanian television

Dec. 11, 2013 at 1:56 PM   |   0 comments

BUCHAREST, Romania, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A Romanian television station distanced itself from an anti-Semitic song it broadcast earlier in December, saying it did not select the music presented.

The state-operated TVR3 Verde, a channel directed to rural communities, began broadcasting Dec. 3 with a program that included a Christmas carol with lyrics that included a slur to describe Jews and a suggestion Jews belong "in the chimney as smoke," the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a news service based in New York, reported Wednesday.

TVR3 said in a statement it did not choose the song, but broadcast songs compiled by the Center for Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture, a local cultural organization.

The statement referred to the song as "an uninspired choice."

MCA Romania, a watchdog group on anti-Semitism, said it wrote a letter of complaint to Romanian President Traian Basecu and to Prime Minister Victor Viorel Ponta, adding, "It is outrageous that none in the audience took a stance against the anti-Semitic Christmas carol that incites to burn the Jews."

It added it was "absolutely unacceptable that TVR3 tried to deny responsibility" by blaming the cultural group.

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