Italian MP Fiamma Nirenstein led a charge in Strasbourg Monday against
the inclusion in the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly of two
parliamentarians from anti-Semitic European political parties: Hungary's Jobbik
party, and Greece's Golden Dawn party.
Nirenstein challenged the inclusion into the body on procedural grounds
of Eleni Zaroulia from the Greek party and Tamas Gaudi Nagy from the Hungarian
Jobbik party on the grounds that both belong to parties that are "racist and
anti-Semitic," and whose values stand in contradiction to the Council of
Nirenstein, who recently announced she was leaving Italian politics and
making aliya, said Zaroulia told the Greek parliament that immigrants were
"sub-humans" who invaded the country and spread disease, and Nagy spoke before
his parliament of a list of Jews who threatened national security.
The challenges were supported by at least 10 other
members of the assembly from five other countries. The Assembly's rule's
committee will meet to consider the request, and is to give a decision
within a week.