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.
It doesn’t pay to be a foreign volunteer soldier in the ISIS army.
This is the first flask of ritually pure olive oil made in 2000 years.
First Lebanon’s Hezbollah started the Second Lebanon War, now the UN wants Israel to pay Lebanon for damages.
The Islamic terrorist entered the police station and began stabbing policemen while yelling “Allah hu Akbar”.
Two girls in Kibbutz Nir Yitzchak were taking a selfie video when the rocket siren went off on Friday morning.
M. was sitting at a red light when he saw the terrorist run past him…
The small Arab parties are talking about merging, and this could result in 14 seats for the Arab sector.
Hamas called Israel’s response to the Gazan attack a “serious escalation”.
Prosecutor in Ferguson case said ‘some witnesses lied under oath’ to support officer’s version of events.
PA Arabs are continuing near-daily clashes with IDF soldiers; on Friday, fierce fighting broke out after sermons at mosques.
Rocket fire was directed by Gaza terrorists at southern Israel’s Eshkol district on Friday for the third time since the summer.
Police must have been too busy arresting Jewish children to notice the Hamas rally on the Temple Mount today.
Reshet Bet has released their latest election poll…
Jeb Bush announced his intention to “actively” explore the presidency in a Christmas and Hanukkah greeting message. “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!” the former Florida governor Bush said in a Facebook message posted Tuesday. He described conversations he had with his family over Thanksgiving. “As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the […]
Swastikas were found spray-painted on a Tufts University building for the third time in nearly two years. The latest swastikas were found Saturday morning on the back wall of the Lewis Hall dormitory on the Somerville, Mass., campus, Boston.com reported. In June, swastikas were found on the university’s Granoff Family Hillel Center. In April 2013, […]
The ‘homely’ ancient rock, discovered in 1993, adds evidence of King David’s existence.
Sotloff, a grandson of Holocaust survivors, made aliyah in 2005.
Jewish communities in Australia remained under lockdown as a hostage crisis continued at a café in Sydney. The Community Security Group, which handles security for the Jewish communities of Australia, raised the threat level to severe on Monday after an apparent Islamist gunman entered a café in downtown Sydney and took dozens of hostages, the […]
Anti-Semites always are around to remind Jews to be scared.
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: