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      US Neo-Nazis and Moldova Christians Darken Chanukah Lights

      Neo-Nazis disrupted Chanukah lighting in Connecticut, Christians in Moldova replaced a menorah with a cross and NY vandals trashed a menorah.
      By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      First Publish: 12/14/2009, 4:15 PM / Last Update: 12/14/2009, 4:11 PM

      Phil Noel: Connecticut Post

      Jews around the world are trying to celebrate Chanukah amid worldwide anti-Semitism. Masked neo-Nazis disrupted a menorah lighting ceremony in Connecticut before being arrested, Christians in the Republic of Moldova replaced a menorah with a cross, and vandals in Long Island, New York threw a menorah in a pond.

      News footage from the eastern European Republic of Moldova, located between Romania and Ukraine, showed a fundamentalist bearded priest leading 200 Christians who shouted anti-Semitic slogans and ripped down a public metal menorah, replacing it with a wooden cross.

      The Christians then placed the menorah upside down at the base of a statue of a king, while police did not intervene. "The Jews can try to kill us, to traumatize our children,” the priest charged, adding that Jews try to “dominate people.”

      In Connecticut, masked neo-Nazis Sunday night disrupted a Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony, shouting Nazi obscenities and waving Nazi flags bearing a swastika and an iron cross before police chased after them.

      In Long Island, one public menorah was broken and a second was tossed into a pond in what police are treating as hate crimes.