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24 July 2014 20:06

World Jewish Congress calls Svoboda a neo-Nazi party

KYIV, May 14 /UKRINFORM/. The World Jewish Congress has called on European governments to consider a ban on neo-Nazi parties, among which the participants in the event listed the Ukrainian party Svoboda, the Jerusalem Post reported.

"Delegates representing Jewish communities in over a hundred countries approved the resolution calling for the ban due to the rise of far-right nationalist movements in Greece, Hungary and the Ukraine," the publication reads.

Its authors argue that parties like the Greek Golden Dawn, Ukrainian Svoboda and Hungarian Jobbik shocked European Jews as they gained unprecedented representation in their respective countries' parliaments.

The forum participants reminded of the “lack of appropriate and energetic action on the part of German democrats that led to the rise to power of the Nazis” as a motivating factor for the resolution urging “parliaments and governments in countries in Europe to enact and enforce legislation, against threats of violence, racist hate and insults and the denial of the Holocaust”.

The WJC also urged national leaders and legislators in Europe to sign the London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism, a 2009 document calling on parliamentarians to “expose, challenge and isolate political actors who engage in hate against Jews and target the State of Israel as a Jewish collectivity.”

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