During the past few weeks, B’nai B’rith International was actively and instrumentally involved in gathering 150 signatures from members of national parliaments and the European Parliament for a letter to the government of Hungary protesting an anti-Semitic act by a Hungarian parliamentarian.
The letter is a response to a Nov. 27 incident in which a leader of the far-right Jobbik party, Marton Gyongyosi, suggested to the Hungarian parliament that those of Jewish descent be listed and evaluated as to whether they are a national security threat. Gyongyosi emphasized assessing the threat of Jewish members of parliament and those in the government’s cabinet. His comments were made during a debate on the Israel-Gaza situation, in which he claimed the Hungarian government was continually siding with Israel.
In the letter, the signers express deep concern over growing anti-Semitism in Hungary, as well as the Jobbik party’s continued efforts to single out minority groups. Intolerance is thoroughly condemned throughout the letter, and suggestions are made to attempt to curb and prevent any further growth of this hatred.
The letter is addressed to the Hungarian president, prime minister and speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly. You can read the full text of the letter here.