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Jewish Community protest in front of Justice Ministry

August 22, 2019

A faction of the Belgrade Jewish Community (JOB) staged its 23rd protest in front of the Serbian Justice Ministry demanding the registration of a new JOB president who was elected in March.

The newly elected president has to be entered into the registry of religious communities by the Justice Ministry which has failed to do so to date, despite an obligation under the law to do so within a set time frame.

The protesters, headed by Rabbi Isak Asiel, are demanding the registration of Aleksandar Sasa Jinker who was elected to replace Danilo Medic following accusations of embezzlement and agreement to move a Holocaust memorial site to make way for a shopping mall. Medic has disputed the results of the vote, claiming that he is the legitimate representative of the community.

The protesters carried banners saying The Nazis Couldn’t Destroy the Jewish Community, Obey the Law, Register Our Decision and others.

The Rabbi said that the Federation of Jewish Communities of Serbia had joined the protest as well as Jewish communities from several Serbian cities. Federation President Robert Sabados told the gathering that the protests would continue until the ministry registers the representative elected by the Jewish community.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a509688/Jewish-Community-protest-in-front-of-Justice-Ministry.html

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