ADL Urges Italian Foreign Minister to Prevent a “Known Anti-Semite” from Becoming Hungary’s Ambassador to Italy

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.”

Péter Szentmihályi Szabó's nomination was withdrawn on Friday, July 25, 2014.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.