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Regarding the Recent Public Menorah Removal in Chisinau

We are calling on our authorities to consider the majority’s views who are predominantly Orthodox Christians.

Regarding the group of Orthodox Christians who removed the Menorahon December 13, from the Stephen The Great public square in Chisinau,the Moldovan Orthodox Church manifested its opposition regarding theway the Christians gathered there and protested.

In the same time, we consider unwelcome the installing of a Jewishsymbol in a public space that is highly tied with our history and ournation’s faith, moreover Hanukkah is a religious celebration describedby the Jewish religious book as a “ritual of holiness”, signifying thetriumph of the Jewish people over the non-Jews. Choosing to install theMenorah in that area was unfitted, because the public park was named inthe name of Voivode Stephen III of Moldavia the Great and Holy becausehe was an important figure in protecting our Christian nation.

We consider that this unpleasant incident from the center of ourcapital city could have been avoided if the Jewish Menorah would havebeen installed near the Memorial for the Holocaust victims.

Through this way we are calling on our authorities to consider the majority’s views who are predominantly Orthodox Christians.

The Moldovan Mitropoly respects the sentiments and religious beliefsof the cult members legally registered on the territory of the Republicof Moldova and it is expecting the same treatment from them too.

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2009-12-24

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