International MP’s send letter to Hungarian Government condemning call for ‘list of Jews’
This week 150 Parliamentarians from around the world, with a majority of Europeans, signed a statement condeming Hungarian MP Márton Gyöngyösi's call for a listing of all Jews in Government and Parliament in Hungary following Operation Pillar of Defense. Israel Allies Caucus Members from across Europe joined in the effort.
The following press release was issued:
A letter signed by 150 Members of Parliament from nearly 30 countries was sent today to the President, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Parliament of Hungary. This letter is a response to the antisemitic statement made in Parliament by Márton Gyöngyösi, member of the Jobbik party, where he called for a listing of all Jews in Government and Parliament as they would pose a security risk to the country.
The signatories express deep concern about the rise in antisemitism in Hungary and point towards the danger of such rhetoric, resembling the kind of language that led Europe to its darkest age – the Holocaust. They note that this statement is merely one of many incidents in a series of public pronouncements in recent months by members of the Jobbik Party which have sought to single out minority groups in Hungary.
In the letter the members of parliament call for the leaders of Hungary to remember the democratic principles which form the basis of the Republic and for the principles and guidelines of the Jobbik party to be reviewed with this in mind.
The signatories strongly condemn all forms of intolerance and stress the need to ensure that all acts of discrimination are prevented or curbed, as there is only a short step from hate speech to violent attacks against minority groups. The members of parliament have ensured those colleagues in Hungary committed to combat such hatred that they stand side by side with them and offer their full support in the fight against antisemitism and all forms of intolerance.
"On 10 December the EU was awarded the Nobel peace prize. Peace, democracy and respect for human rights are the pillars for the EU and we most keep defending them, at all times, in every place and by all means. This is how we secure the peace over time."
Cecilia Wikström MEP, Sweden
Member of the Working Group on Antisemitism in the European Parliament
"Statements such as the ones made by Márton Gyöngyösi are dangerous. It is our duty as elected officials to confront such evil wherever it occurs. Antisemitism is not just a problem for the Jewish community but for the whole of society.”
John Mann MP, UK
Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antisemitism in the British Parliament
“Antisemitism, as any form of racism and discrimination, is a violation of the European Fundamental Rights Convention. In addition, especially as Europeans with our history, we need to think twice before making such statements. Not only is this a clear violation of the law, but it is also a violation of the spirit of the European Union, which was founded on the ashes of the Holocaust.”
Joao Rebelo MP, Portugal
Member of the Portuguese Parliament Delegation to NATO
“This horrific statement by Márton Gyöngyösi made in a democratic parliament is only one of many incidents in which the Jobbik party has shown its true face, taking us back to the darkest times of Europe. The leaders of Hungary must take action to prevent an escalation of this situation. The international community must be aware of this situation and ready to give its support to the democratic forces of the country. This is why it is important that this letter has been signed by so many Colleagues, in the Italian parliament and all over the world".
Fiamma Nirenstein MP, Italy
Vice-president of the Committee on Foreign Affairs