New York, NY, July 23, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the President and Foreign Minister of Italy to intervene in preventing “known anti-Semite” Péter Szentmihályi Szabó from becoming Hungary’s Ambassador to Italy.
“Mr. Szabó has a long history of blatant and outrageous anti-Semitic writings,” Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director wrote in a letter to Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini. “We hope you will make clear to the Hungarian government that Mr. Szabó would not be welcome in Rome.”
The League noted that Szabó has published anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, described Jews in Hungary as “agents of satan,” and accused Jews of benefiting from “the Holocaust industry.”
“Between your ministry and the Office of the President, we hope the Italian government will find an appropriate way to encourage the Hungarian government to provide a more suitable representative than a man of hatred as an ambassador in your capital,” Mr. Foxman wrote.
ADL also urged Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to “refuse to accept the credentials” of the reported nominee.
In 2013, President Napolitano was presented with the ADL Distinguished Statesman Award, the League’s highest honor, for his “uncompromising, unequivocal stand against the evil of anti-Semitism.”
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.
Péter Szentmihályi Szabó's nomination was withdrawn on Friday, July 25, 2014.