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Geneva Lawmaker Wants to Ban Hanukkah

He urged the mayor’s office to cancel a public candle-lighting event on Mollard Square scheduled for Dec. 3.
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Lubavitch emissaries erecting a menorah (illustration image).

Lubavitch emissaries erecting a menorah (illustration image).

A city council member from Geneva, Switzerland, has warned his municipality against allowing a public Hanukkah event, which he said would violate Swiss law.

“I’m not afraid of being called anti-Semitic, because my request is not directed at a religious community [but at] the authorities, which do not comply with the law by issuing an authorization for this event,” council member Pierre Gauthier is quoted as telling the Tribune de Geneve daily newspaper this week.

In a letter to the mayor, Gauthier, who is the secretary of a not-for-profit called “Geneva Secular Coordination,” cited Switzerland’s Law of Foreign Worship, which states that “no celebration of worship, procession or any religious ceremony is allowed on public roads.”

He urged the mayor’s office to cancel a public candle-lighting event on Mollard Square scheduled for Dec. 3. The organizer of the event, Rabbi Mendel Pevzner of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, told the Tribune, “This is not a religious event but a moment of sharing, open to all faiths. Since 1991, we have never encountered a problem.”

On Tuesday, another council member from Geneva, Denis Menoud, wrote on Facebook that he was pleased with the signing of a deal between world powers and Iran on its alleged nuclear weapons program because, “The bottom line is that Israel is on the path of carbonization.” The deal was reached last week after talks in Geneva.

MCG President Roger Golay condemned Menoud’s words and said the party expected him to resign.

Johanne Gurfinkel of CICAD, a Swiss group that monitors anti-Semitism, called on Menoud to “publicly apologize for his statement.” Gurfinkel also asked Menoud’s rightist MCG party to take a stand against “this type of hateful comments.”

Menoud told the Tribute de Genève that the “sentence was taken out of context,” and that he only meant to say that this situation in the Middle East will create a new paradigm. “The loser is Israel, strategically and politically.”

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25 Responses to “Geneva Lawmaker Wants to Ban Hanukkah”

  1. SCREW THEM! HANUKKAH IS OURS TO CELEBRATE FOREVER!

  2. stupid lawmaker. why not christmas tree

  3. Dumb *******s ban Christmas to then

  4. Stupid and devil lawmakers, they are suppose the first one who knows what is democracy

  5. Josh Ram says:

    he must work for the pq

  6. People who choose to remain silent when one minority is persecuted, should not be surprised when it is their turn to be persecuted. Switzerland banned minerets in the face of an affirmative majority and a silent minority, why should Jews be safe in a bigoted state?

  7. People who choose to remain silent when one minority is persecuted, should not be surprised when it is their turn to be persecuted. Switzerland banned minerets in the face of an affirmative majority and a silent minority, why should Jews be safe in a bigoted state?

  8. Jeanne Marie says:

    Does your theory apply to Muslims as well? Should Muslims not be surprised when society rejects their religion based upon their silence in face of the radicals savagery and brutality that is done in the name of Islam daily to those the radical deems as "undesirable, Christians , homosexuals ect…? Just curious

  9. Leo Erwin says:

    IT IS MUCH LIKE THE KARDASHIAN WHORES OF HOLLYWOOD….MAKING EVERY ONE BELIEVE WHAT THEY DO IS RIGHT…WELL, THEY ARE WRONG ALL THE WAY AROUND JUST LIKE THIS IS…

  10. Kathrin Scheske says:

    …"any religious ceremony is (not)allowed on public roads."..i didn't know, they didn't have x-mas trees in switzerland!

  11. Vera Goldschmidt Ferreira says:

    Will be attending….:)

  12. Denis Menoud, wrote on Facebook, “The bottom line is that Israel is on the path of carbonization.” The bottom line is that "carbonization" is the act of reducing something into coal or carbon. The quickest way to reduce something to carbon is by burning it. It's one thing to claim separation of church and state when denying a group the right to assemble, which is odd in a country that openly celebrates Christmas and its pagan traditions in public. It's another thing entirely to say a group of people is bound to become lump of coal or a pile of carbon. If that's how they believe, Santa may be bringing them a lump of coal for Christmas, and it won't be Israel in the stocking.

  13. Mogammat Cader says:

    Its a pity jews must pay the price for the actions of the askanazi zionist movement .Zionist israel must rid itself of the evil within their system of government and move towards total peace and bring freedom to Palestine

  14. Mogammat Cader says:

    The hannakah event should include the flags of Palestine and israel for peace.The hannakah public candle lightning should take place .

  15. Alisa Pinkhasik says:

    Do you know where the word Palestine comes from?

  16. Alisa Pinkhasik says:

    You do know that your statement contradicts itself, right?

  17. Hank Becker says:

    Jeanne Marie Very well stated. Honesty is so much better than being hypoctically politically correct ! Right on Jeanne Marie !

  18. Mogammat Cader says:

    Alisha Pinkhadik does it matter ? What give jews the right to israel.Is it the bible ?

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