Jewish Congress calls for Europe ban on ‘neo-Nazi parties'

May 7, 2013 21:15

BUDAPEST- European governments should consider a ban on “neo-Nazi parties,” the World Jewish Congress announced on Tuesday, the final day of the global Jewish umbrella organization’s 14th plenary assembly.

Delegates representing Jewish communities in over a hundred countries approved the resolution calling for the ban due to the rise of far-right nationalist movements in Greece, Hungary and the Ukraine.

The WJC noted what it termed the “lack of appropriate and energetic action on the part of German democrats that led to the rise to power of the Nazis” as a motivating factor for the resolution urging “parliaments and governments in countries in Europe to enact and enforce legislation, against threats of violence, racist hate and insults and the denial of the Holocaust.”

Parties like the Greek Golden Dawn, Ukrainian Svoboda and Hungarian Jobbik shocked European Jews as they gained unprecedented representation in their respective countries’ parliaments. Jobbik, which has accused Israelis of “buying” up Hungarian land and which has called for the compilation of a list of Jews serving in government due to concerns over disloyalty, is now Hungary’s third largest party.

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