BAKU, Azerbaijan, January 6. There is a novel
angle to all religions in Azerbaijan – such angle just isn’t
discovered wherever else on this planet, Jewish entrepreneur Elkhan
Peysakhov instructed Trend, commenting on the assertion of US Secretary of
State Antony Blinken that a variety of nations, together with
Azerbaijan, are on a “watch list” for non secular freedom.
“Frankly talking, I’m stunned that the US made such a
assertion. Apparently, this choice was made below the affect
of the Armenian foyer. I used to be born in Baku and have by no means confronted any
non secular or nationality-based challenges. I at all times put on the Star
of David, and the visitors coming from overseas are at all times stunned
and query me about the truth that I put on it in public. I reply
them that there are not any points in Baku with such issues, however after I
go overseas, I at all times take it off,” he mentioned.
“I’m proud that I’m a Jew and dwell in Azerbaijan. I dwell
freely right here. There is a European synagogue within the very middle of
Baku, and a mountain Jews’ synagogue subsequent to it. Nowhere else in
the world, there may be such a factor. Azerbaijan has an excellent
angle to all religions. We have a good time all Jewish holidays within the
nation. Azerbaijanis additionally be part of the celebrations, which is
nice,” the entrepreneur mentioned.
According to Peysakhov, there are not any obstacles for Jews to dwell
in Azerbaijan following all of the canons of their faith.
“Even Jews dwelling overseas come right here to have a good time holidays and
weddings. In explicit, Jews have a customized of celebrating the thirteenth
birthday of boys. It’s known as Bar Mitzvah. They have a good time it in a
synagogue in Azerbaijan. Some Jewish buddies ask me why I dwell in
Azerbaijan and never in Israel, to which I reply: ‘My homeland is
Azerbaijan’,” he added.
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