B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith welcomes a change in the Hungarian parliament that will enable the government to punish members of parliament for abusive speech. Members of Parliament approved the amendment that could hold lawmakers accountable for hate speech. Offenders could be fined and perhaps removed from their posts.
The new measure comes after the November comments of far-right Jobbik party leader Marton Gyongyosi, suggesting that Hungarians 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.
At the time, B’nai B’rith leaders called Gyongyosi’s efforts anti-Semitic and unacceptable. B’nai B’rith also noted the scheme to demonize Jews was even more alarming given the history of the Holocaust in Hungary.
During the Holocaust between 500,000 and 600,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered.