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Jews from around the world expressed their concern after a company began installing a cell tower inside a Jewish cemetery in Romania.
The controversy has arisen after the Romanian telecommunications company began placing a transmission inside the Jewish cemetery in Petrosani, which is located in the western region of the country.
Witnesses said that a deep hole was already present in the Jewish cemetery. Marian Popescu, a spokesperson for the municipal authorities in Petrosani, said that the builder has all the necessary permits and the land was leased from Romania's Hebrew Association.
However, people who have relatives buried in the cemetery have expressed their dissatisfaction.
This is not the first time that a Jewish cemetery has been used for commercial purposes in Europe.
As we reported earlier, Jews from around the world express their shock after a photographer took pictures of nude women inside a Jewish cemetery in Poland.
The photographer, Lukasz Szczygielski, said he only meant to bring awareness to the neglectful state of the Jewish cemetery. He has since apologized for his actions.
The shocking photo shoot showed half-naked fashion models posing against Jewish tombstones. “The photo shoot was distasteful and lacked any human decency,” a Jewish activist, Bogdan Bialek said.
“Krzysztof Bielawski, who runs a website about Jewish cemeteries, was immediately notified about the photo shoot,” he said. “Using any cemetery for this kind of photo shoot is outrageous, and demonstrates a complete lack of sensitivity,” a local politician said.
The photo shoot took place in the Jewish cemetery of Checinach. The model is seen covering her breasts with her hands and she is also seen wearing a cross. The photographer posted this and other images from the photo shoot on his Facebook page.
The photographer said that there was no desecration of the cemetery. “During the session, we remained full of respect for the dead resting there. I was not shooting a porn video. These pictures will not be sold for a men’s magazine. I expected that the photographs will lead to a positive discussion. I already apologized,” Szczygielski said.