Three eastern European countries take a principled stand with Israel by blocking a formal EU statement admonishing the U.S. over their upcoming Embassy move to Jerusalem on Monday.
The Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania have recently blocked a (EU) statement slamming the United States over its plan to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a spokesman said Saturday.
Once again the EU takes a stand against Israel’s sovereignty. – Wikimedia Commons
“The Czech Republic has protested against the planned statement,” Jiri Ovcacek, spokesman for Czech President Milos Zeman, told AFP.
“We appreciate that Hungary and Romania have taken the same principled stance,” he said, adding Zeman had agreed on the refusal with Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky. Continue Reading »
In the presence of top EU representatives, Hungarian FM states opposition to “irrational” guidelines that will not contribute to a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but rather, cause more problems & damage.
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
Hungary will not place special labeling on products from the West Bank and the Golan Heights, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told a breakfast meeting of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations on Monday.
EU Commission approves Israeli ‘settlement’ product guidelines (Illustrative picture). – Photo: REUTERS,JPOST STAFF
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The minister characterized the European Union’s decision to affix special labels on such products as “irrational,” saying that it will not contribute to a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and it could cause more problems and damage.
In seeking solutions to help tackle the massive migrant crises enveloping European nations, Hungary & Bulgaria are inquiring about Israeli designed border fences & security systems.
Faced with a surge in migration from the Middle East and North Africa, two European countries are exploring the possibility of erecting towering steel security fences along parts of their borders, similar to Israel’s barrier with Egypt.
Hungary and Bulgaria have made preliminary inquiries about buying the Israeli-designed fences, according to an Israeli business source who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the discussions.
A border fence in Hungary – Photo: Reuters
Both EU countries are beefing up their borders to deter migrants, many of them refugees from wars, who are seeking to use them as gateways to richer countries further north and west, particularly Germany. Continue Reading »
Ambassador Casba Körösi: “Institutions in the then-Hungarian state were responsible for the Holocaust.”
The Hungarian ambassador to the UN said in New York on Thursday his nation took responsibility for its role in the Holocaust, days after the country’s Jewish community accused the government of engaging in Holocaust revisionism.
He spoke at a event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Hungarian Jews, sponsored by the UN Department of Public Information for NGOs.
Ambassador Casba Körösi, who became unusually emotional for a diplomat during his remarks, conveyed the sincere apologies of the Hungarian state for the crimes committed, and admitted the state’s guilt in both its complicity in standing by and its assistance to the criminals. Continue Reading »
Prosecution spokeswoman says all 3 men around 20 years old, shouted slogans such as “Sieg Heil” & gave the Nazi salute at WJC participants.
Hungarian authorities say three men have been convicted of shouting anti-Semitic slogans and making Nazi salutes at Jews attending an international meeting in Budapest.
The World Jewish Congress. – Photo by Reuters/Haaretz Archive
The Budapest Chief Prosecutor’s office said Friday that two of the men were given suspended two-year prison terms. The third man, who earlier had been given a suspended sentence for a separate crime, was sentenced to three years in prison but has appealed the decision. Continue Reading »
After arguing with a group of supporters chanting a Nazi slogan, Ferenc Orosz, chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Association, says he was assaulted at a local soccer match just days before Hungary is due to host the World Jewish Congress.
The head of a Hungarian anti-racism group said far-right soccer fans shouted “Sieg Heil” and attacked him, breaking his nose days before the country is due to host the World Jewish Congress.
Supporters of Hungary’s far right Jobbik party march in protest of the government’s economic policies in Budapest, Hungary, May 12, 2012. Photo: AP
Ferenc Orosz, chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Association, told Reuters he was assaulted after arguing with a group of supporters chanting the Nazi slogan at a match between the Hungarian teams Videoton and Ferencvaros in Budapest on Sunday. Continue Reading »
Court orders 1st Hungarian convicted under new Holocaust denial law to visit Yad Vashem or Auschwitz.
The first Hungarian convicted under a new Holocaust denial law has been given a suspended 18-month jail sentence and has to visit Budapest’s memorial museum, Auschwitz or Yad Vashem, a court ruled Friday.
AFP reported that in addition to visiting Budapest’s Holocaust Memorial Center three times the man, Gyorgy Nagy, has to write down his thoughts. Alternatively he can go to the Auschwitz former death camp in Poland or the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem.
The sentence, which also bans the unemployed computer technician from attending political rallies or events, is the first conviction since a new law came into force in 2010. Continue Reading »
FIFA strongly condemns all forms of racism in football, and any form of discrimination will not be tolerated and will receive a strong response by the relevant FIFA authorities.
According to Article 67 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the home association is liable for the improper conduct among spectators, regardless of the question of culpable conduct.
Hungary’s national soccer team will face sanctions because of anti-Semitic chants by its fans in August, the FIFA soccer association has announced.
Hungary and Bulgaria sanctioned to play without spectators – Photo: AFP
The punishment handed out by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s disciplinary committee on Jan. Continue Reading »
MP Elod Novak demands resignation of MP with (dual) Israeli citizenship, says ‘Israel has more deputies in Hungarian parliament than in the Knesset’
VIDEO – A storm over apparent anti-Semitic remarks in Hungary’s parliament continued unabated Thursday, as a far-right Jobbik deputy called publicly for the resignation of a fellow MP who claimed to have an Israeli citizenship.
Jobbik supporters march in Budapest – Photo: AP
At a press conference, Jobbik deputy Elod Novak said it was unacceptable that Katalin Ertsey, a deputy of the small opposition party LMP, had kept her dual Hungarian-Israeli citizenship secret and called for her resignation. Continue Reading »
Last month, Knesset speaker uninvited his Hungarian counterpart because of his attendance at a memorial for an antisemitic author; as it turns out, his replacement, the Hungarian president, is guilty of the same offense.
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin is having a difficult time finding a suitable Hungarian representative to attend an official ceremony honoring the righteous Gentile Raoul Wallenberg at the Knesset, due to the support shown by senior Hungarian government officials for known anti-Semites.
Hungarian President Janos Ader, second right, stands alongside Speaker of the Parliament Laszlo Kover, right. Photo by AP
Three weeks ago, Rivlin cancelled an invite to his Hungarian counterpart after finding out that the latter had participated in a memorial ceremony for an anti-Semitic author in Hungary. Continue Reading »