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Péter Szentmihályi Szabó's nomination was withdrawn on Friday, July 25, 2014.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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