We utterly reject the use and abuse of the memory of the Holocaust for any purpose, as unfortunately appeared in an op-ed today. There is no place for connecting the worst crime in human history, or its perpetrators, to any contemporary debate, no matter how essential.— IzraelMagyarországon (@IsraelinHungary) November 28, 2020
“Such ignorance of history & minimizing the Holocaust have to be called out,” the AJC tweeted. Soros, 90, is a Hungarian-born billionaire who survived the Holocaust by hiding in a family friend’s home. He supports progressive causes around the world, leading many right-wing politicians to point fingers at him. In some cases, the criticism has crossed into antisemitic conspiracy theory, with Soros playing the role of a Jewish financier controlling politicians.Soros “pushes the puppets on [the] worldwide chessboard,” Demeter wrote.In a statement on Sunday, he said he would withdraw the article. His critics were right in saying that “the Nazi parallel could unintentionally hurt the memory of the victims,” Demeter said.The main leftist opposition party, the Democratic Coalition, called for Demeter’s immediate dismissal.“The Democratic Coalition expects from the government that Szilard Demeter should be unemployed by the end of today,” it said. “A man like him has no place in public life, not just in a European country but anywhere in the world.”Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has targeted Soros. He evicted the Central European University, which was funded by Soros, and campaign billboards he used in 2017 said, “Let’s not let Soros have the last laugh.”Soros has donated to left-wing Israeli groups, including Breaking the Silence and Gisha, as well as groups outside Israel that have promoted boycotts and filed war-crimes suits against Israeli officials. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Soros in 2018 for a campaign against the government’s plan to deport Sudanese and Eritrean migrants to a third country in Africa. Soros has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the New Israel Fund, which fought the repatriation plan. Soros denied involvement in the campaign, but he expressed support for its aims.Reuters contributed to this report.
Horrendous! Szilard Demeter, Hungarian Ministerial Commissioner compares G. Soros to Hitler, saying Hungary & Poland are "the new Jews", & "Europe is the gas chamber of Soros" b/c of #RuleofLaw process.Such ignorance of history & minimizing the Holocaust have to be called out.— AJC Central Europe (@AJC_CE) November 28, 2020