Correction: Romania-Anti-Semitism story
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — In a story Nov. 21 about claims made that the Romanian president was anti-Semitic, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Radu Ioanid is the director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is the director of the International Archives Program Division at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Romania president embroiled in anti-Semitic claims
Leaders of the Jewish community defend President Klaus Iohannis after a politician he’d refused to appoint as minister, accused him of anti-Semitism
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Jewish leaders have defended Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis after a politician he refused to appoint as minister accused him of anti-Semitism.
Iohannis, who signs off on ministerial appointments, on Tuesday rejected two nominees including ex-business minister Ilan Laufer, who was selected to be development minister by the government.
Laufer, a Romanian Jew, hit back calling the president anti-Semitic.
The director of the International Archives Program Division at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Radu Ioanid told The Associated Press Wednesday “the accusation doesn’t hold water.”
He said Iohannis “supports our work in Europe and Romania combatting Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.”
Iohannis also condemned Laufer for “using such sensitive terms for political gain. ”
Later Wednesday, Liviu Dragnea, leader of the governing Social Democratic Party, publicly distanced himself from Laufer’s remarks.