European Anti-Semitism

2 May

Guest blog post by Howard Tevlowitz
Executive Director of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

Language matters…words matter….cartoons matter. As Jews, we should be hypersensitive to George Santayana’s famous quote, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Please see the two articles below on what is happening in civilized Europe in 2013 – Greece and Hungary.  Are the writers, politicians and those who voted in these parties simple kooks?

You be the judge…

NEO-NAZI GOLDEN DAWN PARTY TARGETS AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE

AJCGolden Dawn, the neo-Nazi political party that holds 18 seats in Greece’s national parliament, has once again launched a vicious attack on AJC. Golden Dawn, in an article on the party’s website, condemns the upcoming visit to Washington of Greek Prime Minister Samaras, who will be addressing AJC’s Global Forum next month. Golden Dawn charges that “Zionists” are in control of U.S. and Greek policy.

To emphasize its bigoted, xenophobic worldview, the Golden Dawn screed is accompanied by a grotesque cartoon that depicts Prime Minister Samaras sitting on the floor under a bloody AJC logo in front of a caricatured Jew in a chair, reminiscent of horrific, Nazi-inspired cartoons of the ’30s and ’40s in Europe. On the wall is a demonized President Obama, portrayed as a religious Jew. Elsewhere, the president is described in racist terms.

“Golden Dawn does not even attempt to camouflage its ideology of hate,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “Indeed, Golden Dawn is crystal clear, and, nearly 70 years after the Holocaust, represents an insidious outlook that cannot be ignored today.”

To read the full article, click HERE.

HUNGARY PRIEST FROM FAR RIGHT JOBBIK PARTY PLANS ANTI-JEWISH RALLY
Bills World Jewish Congress Protest as ‘Anti-Zionist’

ImageRising Tide: Young member of the anti-Semitic Jobbik Party joins protest in Hungary. The right wing party’s supporters plan to demonstrate during the World Jewish Congress meeting next month.

A far-right Hungarian priest said an “anti-Zionist” demonstration will be held in Budapest on the first day of the World Jewish Congress’ General Assembly.

Lorant Hegedus Jr., a Calvinist priest and member of the ultrarightist, anti-Semitic Jobbik party, announced that an “Anti-Bolshevik and anti-Zionist people’s gathering” will be held in the Hungarian capital on May 4, the first day of the WJC annual assembly.

The WJC announced last month that it would hold its 2013 annual assembly May 4-6 in Budapest to show solidarity with Hungary’s Jews, who are facing what organizers called “exceptionally strong” anti-Semitism. WJC rarely holds its congress outside of Jerusalem.

Hegedus was a lawmaker in the 1990s as a leading member of the anti-Semitic MIEP Hungarian Justice and Life Party, the predecessor of Jobbik, which has nearly 15 percent of the seats in Parliament.

The demonstration is being seen as a revenge of sorts for the ban of an anti-Semitic rally planned for the same day as the April 21 Holocaust memorial march in Budapest. Hungarian lawmakers this week banned the demonstration, dubbed “Give gas,” that was being organized by bikers.

Read the full story HERE.

Our role as leaders in the Jewish community is to make Jews and non-Jews alike aware of this scourge.  We must speak out against these displays of hate. I urge you share this information with your friends and family.

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