Israeli historian Efrain Zuroff told a news conference in Belgrade that he expects the disputes in the Belgrade Jewish Community will be resolved soon with the mediation of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
The Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center office in Jerusalem said that he asked Vucic to meet with the leaders of the Jewish community Rabbi Isak Asiel and Robert Sabados, the head of the Association of Jewish Communities in Serbia, both of who, he said, have rebuilt the Jewish community in Serbia.
Zuroff recalled that a faction of the Jewish community was protesting regularly in front of the Justice Ministry demanding the registration of newly-elected community President Aleksandar Jinker instead of Danilo Medic. According to him, once the ministry accepts the election of Jinker, the protests will stop.
He said the community was upset by people jumping in, some of who are not even Jewish and have no right to be in the community, adding that the motives of those people are money and power.
Zuroff said that he also discussed the Staro Sajmiste (Semlin) Holocaust memorial center with the Serbian president. I am pleased to say that a solution is finally in sight, he said. A draft law on the memorial center at the site of the WW 2 Nazi death camp will be sent to parliament in November, he added.
Zuroff said that they also discussed the recent publication of data on the Jasenovac death camp in neighboring Croatia which he said was full of incorrect figures. He said that the exact number of victims at that camp would not be known before a respectable commission of international experts is formed. He said the estimate of 700,000 victims is exaggerated and the figure of 50,000 is too low. “Our estimate is around 100,000 victims,” he said.