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US Lawmakers Call on Hungary’s Orban to Condemn Anti-Semitism

June 22, 2012

Fifty members of the U.S. Congress called on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to stand up against the anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks and the positions of far-right political party Jobbik.

“We’re deeply concerned by anti-Semitic and homophobic positions espoused by members of the Jobbik party,” the lawmakers said in a letter addressed to Orban and posted on the website of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jobbik is Hungary’s second-largest opposition party after winning 47 seats in Hungary’s 386-member Parliament in the 2010 general elections.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel returned a Hungarian state award earlier this month after officials paid homage to a writer who was a member of the Nazi-allied Arrow Cross regime during World War II. Laszlo Kover, Hungary’s speaker of parliament and other government officials attended a May 27 memorial ceremony to honor writer Jozsef Nyiro in the ethnic Hungarian part of Romania, where Wiesel was born.

Jobbik’s positions “must not be allowed to go unchallenged, particularly in light of reports by the U.S Department of State and the Anti-Defamation League that anti- Semitic rhetoric is increasing in Hungary,” according to the letter.

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