Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.
Jewish groups backed the decision by the main Jewish umbrella group in Hungary to boycott official Holocaust memorial year events unless the government reverses policy seen as minimizing the country’s role in the Shoah.
The international Jewish organizations urged the Hungarian government to respond to Jewish concerns.
“The Jewish community’s decision to protest planned Holocaust memorial events is painful, but then the efforts of the Hungarian government to rewrite history are absolutely traumatic,” Rabbi Andrew Baker, the American Jewish Committee’s director of International Jewish Affairs, said in a statement.
Baker urged on Prime Minister Viktor Orban to address the Jewish community’s concerns “without delay.”
On the 70th anniversary of the deportation of more than 430,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz, he said, “the government has an opportunity to openly confront Hungary’s past and responsibility.”
The main Jewish umbrella group, Mazsihisz, said in a decision issued Sunday that it would “stay away” from the government’s Holocaust year events over plans to build a memorial to the German occupation, controversial remarks by the director of a government-sponsored research institute and the government’s refusal to share plans or involve Mazsihisz in building a second Holocaust museum in Budapest.
In a letter to Orban, Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for international relations, said the center ”can only applaud and endorse” the Mazsihisz decision to stay away from the state’s Holocaust commemoration program “until effective measures are taken” to counter those and other developments.
At the Mazsihisz General Assembly on Sunday, a letter from World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder was read aloud assuring the Hungarian Jewish community of the WJC’s solidarity and support. Lauder said the WJC would “support whatever decision Mazsihisz sees fit to take in this respect.”
He also expressed hope that the “controversial issues can be resolved by dialogue between Mazsihisz and the Hungarian government.”
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Egypt bans and names Hamas as terrorist organization, Hamas says Egypt no longer broker between it and Israel
V15′s Bird was marinated in his former boss’s hatred of and blame-only Israel mindset.
Palestinian Authority child soldiers – a crime against humanity.
The White House explains that Taliban is not a terrorist group — it is an “armed insurgency.”
The US in November stopped funding a left-wing group that is helping to campaign against Netanyahu
Super Bowl viewers will have to get along with Scarlett Johansson this year.
Cruz and New York Rep. Zeldin complained to Kerry of Obama’s “relentless harassment.”
A Shin Bet sting nabs Arab Israelis after returning from Syria where they join Al Qaeda and ISIS-linked terror groups — a whole group this month.
That’s it. If you didn’t register your party by now, you’re not running for the upcoming Knesset elections.
Simultaneous explosions in Egypt killed and wounded dozens Thursday night.
National religious voters favoring the new Yachad party headed by Eli Yishai may be wasting their votes.
ISIS threatens to behead Obama, turn the U.S. into a Muslim province, and destroy France and Belgium.
Locked in Auschwitz, their cries for assistance were not heard, so they escaped through an open window, setting off an alarm.
Hezbollah is a terrorist group and terrorist party, but most and worst of all, it is a huge and powerful army.
More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas. The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood […]
New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called on the Jewish community to attend the funeral of an assassinated New York police officer. “The brave men and women of the NYPD risk their lives every day to protect us. We value them and stand with them,” Hikind, a Democrat who represents Brooklyn, said in a statement […]
“Move Jew” scrawled on a Philadelphia home and slurs written on a synagogue and 10 garages in Chicago.
Cuba has “the largest pool of untapped baseball talent in the world, and Major League Baseball may tap and leave Cuba dry.
Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez has accepted an official Jewish godson for the first time in the country’s history to help counter legend of death to a seventh son. She described in seven tweets her meeting with her new godson, Yair Tawil, a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch family. He was adopted as a godson under a […]
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jewish-groups-back-boycott-of-hungarys-holocaust-commemorations/2014/02/11/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: