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Original text from Rabbi Isaac Asiel

Here you can read the full original article written by the Serbian chief Rabbi Isaac Asiel that was sent to newspapers ''Vecernje novosti''. The lines that are marked in red are the ones that were deleted. You can read the article in serbian HERE.

The response from the Rabbi of the Jewish community in Serbia regarding the text "War in the Jewish Community: Mad at Serbia, but Serbia returned 65 Million".

Isak Asiel, foto Z.Jovanović

In the article " War in the Jewish Community: Mad at Serbia, but Serbia returned 65 Million", published in "Vecernje Novosti" on October 19th, Strahinja Sekulic, director of the Agency for Restitution, says: "We cannot have someone's private, lucrative and corrupt interests to subjugate the State and lower the standards that Serbia has."

The Federation of Jewish Communities in Serbia (FJCS) has long been pointing to misuse of funds paid by the State, as reported by the Government's Supervisory Board, which names recalled president Danilo Medić for misuse of legal authority. Mr Sekulic also points to the violation of the Law by Mr Medić in a letter to the Mayor of Belgrade Zoran Radojičić, in which he informs him of irregularities related to the Public Invitation and the Call for Proposals announced by Jewish Community in Belgrade (JCB) for joint construction of a residential-business building at 180 Južni bulevar st. and Studentski trg no. 11. The date of the letter is June 4th 2019, and was received in June 10th. Mr. Sekulic concludes: "We consider that by JCB’s actions, it violates not only the Law on Elimination of Consequences of Dispossession of Holocaust Victims Who Have No Living Legal Successors, but also unlawfully tries to dispose of the City of Belgrade's public property, creating a state of legal uncertainty as to eventual heirs of the subject property as well as potential investors."

As for the sentence from the earlier mentioned text from newspaper ’’Vecernje novosti’’ that "the State does not want to decide who will be the president of a particular Community or the entire Federation, so anger against such an attitude is unfounded", The law on churches and religious communities is clear. The autonomous right of churches and religious communities is to decide who will be their leader, ie. the president, and the State just registers. By not registering new President Alexander Jinker, the State has unfortunately interfered, which brings us to a paradoxical situation. Namely, the Governmental Supervisory Board, and the governmental institution, the Agency for Restitution, nominate Danilo Medić for “misuse of legal powers and failure to fulfill legal obligations”, as indicated by the President of the FJCS, Mr. Robert Sabados, and the Ministry of Justice does not adhere to the Law on Churches and Religious Communities. I absolutely agree with Mr. Strahinja Sekulic that "we cannot subordinate one's private, lucrative and corrupt interests to the State and lower the standards that Serbia has," and it is quite clear who is at stake here. That is why the Jewish community recalled Mr. Danilo Medic, and expects the registration of Mr. Aleksandar Jinker which is in accordance with the law of our country and the legal acts of the Jewish community.