Europe’s “Democratic Conscience” Votes In Neo-Nazi Party Member

New York, NY, January 24, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned the vote by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to approve the nomination of Tamas Gaudi-Nagy, a member of the neo-Nazi Jobbik party of Hungary, to its Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination and its Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights.

The vote was taken after the nominations of Tamas Gaudi-Nagy and Eleni Zaroulia, a parliamentarian from Greece’s neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn, were challenged by other parliamentarians, including Fiamma Nirenstein of Italy and Jean-Claude Frecon of France.

“PACE calls itself ‘Europe’s Democratic Conscience,’ but this vote was unconscionable.  A majority of PACE members voting to include a representative of a neo-Nazi party on their non-discrimination and human rights committees demonstrates a shocking lapse of collective European memory of the millions of victims of anti-Semitism and racial hatred who lost their lives and shows an utter lack of respect for those who fought and died in the struggle against such evil,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  “Jobbik is an openly anti-Semitic and racist political party and its members have no place in any serious discussion of non-discrimination and human rights. This is a complete mockery of what the committee calls itself. What’s next?”

Jobbik’s parliamentarians have evoked a blood libel and called Jews national security threats in the Hungarian parliament, and have promoted the infamous anti-Semitic forgery, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

“When the PACE members were asked to vote on Gaudi-Nagy’s nomination to those two committees, they deemed him worthy of both and by casting those votes, PACE cast away its moral authority and brought shame to one of Europe’s oldest democratic institutions,” said Mr. Foxman.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is comprised of parliamentarians from the 47 member-states of the Council of Europe.

In October, ADL had called for Eleni Zaroulia of Greece’s Golden Dawn party to be removed from PACE’s Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination.

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