European Parliament Condemns Leading German Right-wing Leader

The European Parliament this week adopted a resolution condemning the recent inflammatory remarks of one of Germany’s leading right-wing extremist politicians.

The resolution by the Parliament — the legislative body of the 12-member European Union, based in Strasbourg, France — criticized remarks made by Franz Schonhuber, the leader of Germany’s far-right Republican Party.

Schonhuber, a World War II member of the Waffen SS, recently verbally attacked Ignatz Bubis, president of the Central Council of German Jews, calling him “one of the country’s worst trouble-makers.”

Schonhuber also deemed Bubis — who has been steadfast in attacking the xenophobic and anti-Semitic activities of German right-wing groups — as himself responsible for the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Germany.

The European Parliament’s resolution was introduced by a German parliamentarian, Mecht-hild von Alemann, with the support of the European Jewish Congress.

Officials of the EJC, which is an affiliate of the World Jewish Congress, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the organization was pleased with the Parliament’s stand against Schonhuber.

In a related development, the EJC this week issued a statement reasserting its dedication to combatting the revival of xenophobic and anti-Semitic ideologies in Europe.

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