Wiesenthal Centre Urges EU High Representative to Condemn Candidacy of Extreme Right Groups and New-Nazis at 25 May European Parliament Elections

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“As a fitting gesture to end your term in office, commit all 28 member-states to shun candidates that incite to hate and violence and all EP party groups to ostracize and deny their funding.”

Paris, 7 May 2014

In a letter to Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security of the European Union (pictured), the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, proposed that she, “… end her term with a call to condemn the candidacy of extreme right groups and neo-Nazis for election to the European Parliament on 25 May.”

Samuels noted “two immediate examples:

— the racist Belgian ‘Debout les Belges!’ (‘Stand-Up Belgians!’) that, last Sunday, tried to convene a so-called ‘European Dissident’s Congress’ in Brussels, which - due to the intervention of human rights NGO’s, such as the Wiesenthal Centre - was banned and dispersed by police

even more serious, the openly anti-Semitic, anti-Roma and homophobic Jobbik party, whose former Skinhead, Tamas Sneider, has just been elected Vice-President of the Hungarian Parliament. Sneider was, reportedly, involved in Roma beatings and even sued by his own parents. Moreover, the newly elected Hungarian government is to hand the Chairmanship of the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Culture to Dura Duro, wife of Jobbik militant Elod Novak. Asked last week why the couple does not take part in Holocaust commemoration events, he answered ‘we remember only genocides that actually happened’.

Amazingly, the European Peoples’ Party (EPP) group of conservative factions in the European Parliament has accepted Jobbik membership.”

The Centre urged Ashton to, “Call publicly on all 28 member-states of the European Union to shun groups that incite to hatred and violence, and take whatever measures available to disqualify their EP electoral candidacy,” continuing, “Above all, EP groups must be committed, and especially the EPP, to ostracize such hatemongers and block their access to EU funding they would use to finance campaigns redolent of their Nazi forbears.”

“Madam High Representative, your call would be a fitting gesture to end your term of office. Silence on this matter would be perceived as indifference,” concluded Samuels.

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