Romanian envoy to Armenia recalled over joke deemed anti-Semitic

By JTA
December 10, 2014 04:19

 
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(JTA) – Romania’s ambassador to Armenia was recalled to Bucharest for consultations after he expressed what critics said were anti-Semitic and homophobic statements.

Sorin Vasile made the controversial statements last month during a speech at the American University of Armenia, according to MCA Romania, the Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism. He was recalled Friday, according to a report on romaniatv.net.

“He dismissed the Armenian genocide by a phrase, adopted homophobic attitudes and made jokes about Jews being greedy” and “ready to break any law in order to make a profit, a clear anti-Semitic stereotype,” MCA Romania founders Maximillian Marco Katz and Marius Draghici wrote in a statement Friday.

Vasile apologized for making the remarks, according to romaniatv.net.



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