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  11/28/2012, Kislev 14, 5773

Rivlin to Hungary: Dont Keep Quiet in Face of Racism


Following news reports that a member of the Hungarian Parliament, Merton Giongioshi, demanded the preparation of lists of Jews who he thought were a danger to national security, Knesset Speaker Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin responded with a letter to the President of Hungary, Janos Ader, calling for the President to speak up against such blatant anti-semetic actions.

In the letter, Rivlin said that Giongioshi's demands provoked shock among the people of Israel. Rivlin referred to the Hungarian President's visit to the Knesset, writing,   "Your visit to Israel was an unequivocal message that Hungary disclaims manifestations of racism and anti-Semitism, and that the country was fighting with all its power to stop it. Therefore, I do not believe that Hungary can keep quiet in the face of this demand to continue to count Jews, because in your own words, in a place where no morality exists it spells the end of life for men. As someone who knows the contribution of the Hungarians to the slaughter of Jews, I urge you to let your clear, loud voice be heard again in condemnation of these statements."