Gábor Vona’s letter to Congressman Joseph Crowley

Gábor Vona, Varánus.blog.hu

You may recall that back in June I published a facsimile of a letter sent by fifty U.S. congressmen to Viktor Orbán expressing their concern over the growing antisemitism in Hungary. In addition, the letter called attention to the treatment of  homosexuals, specifically mentioning the employment of Róbert Alföldi, director of the Hungarian National Theater. The letter also called attention to the discrimination against  the Roma population. The man who initiated sending this letter was Joseph Crowley, a Democrat from the State of New York.

The letter was actually criticized by some people in Hungary as putting the blame for the rise of antisemitism exclusively on Jobbik, the party of the extreme right in Hungary, when the current Hungarian government should share in the blame.

All that was detailed in a post entitled “Letters back and forth: Will they change the course of events in Hungary?” Here I’m publishing a letter by Gábor Vona, the party chief of Jobbik, to Congressman Crowley. It seems that Vona felt compelled to react to the contents of  the letter and to teach Joseph Crowley a thing or two. The letter is published verbatim, with all its grammatical errors. I think this letter says a lot about Jobbik and its leaders.

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Mr. Joseph Crowley

Member of Congress

United States House of Representatives

Washington. DC

Budapest-11 July, 2012

Dear Congressman Crowley,

The predominant part of the letter written by you and forty-nine other representatives to Viktor Orban is related to Jobbik and what the Prime Minister should do to subdue us.

First of all, I would like to remind you that nearly one million people’s vote legitimize us in the Hungarian public life which we have gained in a democratic election in 2010, and according to the polls our popularity has only been increasing ever since. You do not mean that all these people in our country are extremists or racist citizens, do you? It was not Jobbik that you insulted, excluded and stigmatized but our voters; which not only was an irresponsible act but a serious self-contradiction, as well, since you have just ignored your own values you referred to.

I am sorry that your Budapest representation has forgotten to inform you that in the Hungarian parliamentary democracy, just like in the US, every party is responsible for itself. We do not write a letter to Barack Hussein Obama because of Councilman Charles Barron of New York, likewise a Democratic Party member, who, during his competition for Congress on the 11th of June lost against his opponent, stated earlier: “the Gaza Strip is a virtual death camp, the same kind of conditions the Nazis imposed on the Jews “.

In your letter, you logically refer to the Anti-Defamation League since this organization, together with the pro-Israel lobbies, provides the largest share of the funding for your political campaigns. Thus, we understand your diligence that as a superpower you must act to please the league in matters such as the homosexuality of the theatre director Róbert Alföldi, which must obviously be deeply troubling for the American people.

We–and the peoples of the world–are more concerned that after having destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan and caused the death of hundreds of thousands, you will do the same with Iran, who has not initiated a war against any country for centuries; just because Israel commands you to pretend that Teheran possesses nuclear weapons. And it is not only the Muslim world with its 1.3 billion population but all the benevolent peoples of the Earth who are equally worried that you provide an annual support of 3.5 billion dollars for your strategic ally, Israel who, according to former president James Carter, operates an apartheid system that kills thousands of civilians sometimes in Lebanon other times in Palestine.

If the representatives are interested in the politics of Jobbik, I will be very pleased to present you the reality. I would like to tell you in advance that in Jobbik’s political agenda or bills there is not one single point that would make a distinction between citizens by their religion or race. In fact, we are the only party in Hungary that has constantly been arguing to have the same rules and laws applied for everyone, and that no one should be treated with either negative or positive discrimination. I hope that I will be able to personally change your surprising anti-democratic views that condemn people for their political affiliation or Hungarian nationality. I also hope that I can draw your attention to the truly intolerable situation of Hungarian minorities living in the neighboring countries and tormented by chauvinism, as well as to the present vulnerable and exploited state of our truncated motherland. I am convinced that your sensitivity and sympathy for the prostrate and the down-trodden would certainly prompt you to support our cause after learning the hardships of Hungary.

Yours sincerely,

Vona Gábor

President of Jobbik

Leader of Parlamentary Group Jobbik

71 comments

  1. @Lumpy@ Nobody claimed what you say.
    I do not believe the desecration of the Jewish cemetery in Kaposvár has to do with alleged crimes of the USA and/or Israel. The same goes for anti-Semitic texts on Magyar Hirlap.
    To claim an Israeli massacre at a time when even according to very conservative estimates more than 16.000 Syrians lost their life during the last 15 months is not very clever. What you say has nothing to do with Middle East reality and everything with Hungary.
    So let us discuss who is responsible for an upsurge of anti-Semitism and racism in Hungary.

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    Karl Pfeifer :
    @Lumpy@ Nobody claimed what you say.
    I do not believe the desecration of the Jewish cemetery in Kaposvár has to do with alleged crimes of the USA and/or Israel. The same goes for anti-Semitic texts on Magyar Hirlap
    So let us discuss who is responsible for an upsurge of anti-Semitism and racism in Hungary.

    Hungary’s ruling class has a long history whipping up racist paranoia in the more backward layers of its population… The same is happening in most parts of the world, as a means of diverting attention from economic hardships, while bullying working people into passive acceptance of austerity measures to pay for capitalism’s economic crisis. No mystery to it really.
    I think much responsibility in Hungary lies with the liberal ‘left’ which looks to the EU to win its battles for it. To put the best light on it, instead of seeking to educate and mobilize the working class against anti-Roma racism and antisemitism, the social democrats have vacated this terrain for Brussels to ‘fix’ with stupid bureaucratic ‘anti racism’ statutes, playing directly into the hands of Orban and the far right with their propaganda re the “international Jewish bankers conspiracy against the Nation”..
    This has created a very bad political polarization, much to the disadvantage of the left and its traditional constituencies, which only seems destined to get worse.

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  3. Lumpy :
    Hungary’s ruling class has a long history whipping up racist paranoia in the more backward layers of its population… The same is happening in most parts of the world, as a means of diverting attention from economic hardships, while bullying working people into passive acceptance of austerity measures to pay for capitalism’s economic crisis. No mystery to it really.
    I think much responsibility in Hungary lies with the liberal ‘left’ which looks to the EU to win its battles for it. To put the best light on it, instead of seeking to educate and mobilize the working class against anti-Roma racism and antisemitism, the social democrats have vacated this terrain for Brussels to ‘fix’ with stupid bureaucratic ‘anti racism’ statutes, playing directly into the hands of Orban and the far right with their propaganda re the “international Jewish bankers conspiracy against the Nation”..

    Whiskey tango foxtrot? The Hungarian liberal left (who is that, by the way) should mobilize the working class against racism, so they will not passively accept austerity measures to pay for capitalism’s economic crisis? Ladies and Gents! Circus Planet Hungary is in session!

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  4. Lumpy, Good God, what old brochures did you read? I took you for a rightwing antisemite. No, you are a leftwing antisemite who repeats the old soviet anti-Semitic slogans about Israeli massacres etc.

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