Meeting between Antonescu and Israeli Ambassador in Senate

Senate Speaker, PNL chairman Crin Antonescu had a meeting on Friday with the Ambassador of Israel in Bucharest Dan Ben-Eliezer in preparation for the upcoming visit of the Romanian official in this country the week to come, according to Mediafax. “The main topic of His Excellency visit was the schedule of the visit to be paid to Israel next week, starting on Sunday actually, as president of the Senate at the helm of the delegation,” said Antonescu after the talks. The PNL leader said that one of the topics discussed was the public TV incident, but no reference was made about Lucian Bolcas case. The Embassy of the State of Israel showed deep concerns about the carol sung by “Dor transilvan” and broadcast by TVR3 on December 6, and voiced hopes that the Romanian authorities will take measures so that such regrettable incidents should not take place anymore. The International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians strongly condemned the broadcast of the song containing anti-Semitic features on TVR3, deeming it a “deeply offending” action “reminding of the darkest days of European anti-Semitism,” according to an official release. Friday, Tiberiu Groza resigned from his position of the Local Centre for the Conservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture of Cluj, as well as from the position of artistic director of folklore ensemble “Dor Transilvan,” following the broadcast of the anti-Semitic carol on TVR3.

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