Ambasadorul SUA la ONU, Samantha Power, a sustinut un discurs la Inaltul Forum al Natiunilor Unite despre Antisemitism. Ambasadorul Power atrage atentia in discursul sau in legatura cu derapajele grave, intoleranta si extremismul manifestate de guvernul Ungariei, condus de Viktor Orban. 

Dupa aceasta lectura interesanta, am si un mesaj personal : 

Your Excellency Hans G. Klemm, please be aware of what your colleague Samatha Power, US Ambassador to UN says about the hungarian extremism. Thank you !

Iata pasajul din speech-ul Samanthei Power referitor la Ungaria :

Consider the case of Hungary, where in 2015, a foundation planned to build a statue honoring Balint Homan, a government minister who championed antisemitic laws in the thirties and who, in the forties, called for the deportation of Hungarian Jews, an estimated 420,000 of whom were murdered in Auschwitz and other camps. And just last month, the Hungarian government bestowed one of its highest honors on Zsolt Bayer, a virulently antisemitic columnist. These actions have occurred against a backdrop of growing antisemitism in the country, reflected in part by the rise of the extreme ethnic nationalist Jobbik party, which refers to the Holocaust as the “Holoscam.”

In addition to being profoundly alarming in and of itself, this growing antisemitism has gone hand in hand with rising xenophobia and other forms of bigotry. Hungary’s prime minister has openly declared his desire “to keep Europe Christian” by barring Muslim refugees who come seeking sanctuary from mass atrocities and persecution, and he’s fanned popular fears by claiming that all terrorists in Europe are migrants. And both Homan in the thirties and forties – and Bayer in recent decades – mixed their antisemitism with the hatred of other minorities; Bayer once wrote of the Roma, “These animals shouldn’t be allowed to exist.”

Yet from Hungary we can also draw important lessons about how to effectively push back against antisemitism – and it is with this point that I wish to conclude. The planned statue to Balint Homan was never erected. A widespread coalition of Hungarian and international organizations, faith leaders, and governments came together to signal their opposition – persuading the Hungarian government to withdraw its support. I’m proud that American civil society organizations and government officials were part of this effort – including many of you here in civil society, and including U.S. Envoy for Combatting and Monitoring Antisemitism and the U.S. Envoy for Holocaust Issues, both of whom are also here with us today. Their engagement is one of the many reasons we continue to urge other countries to create a ranking position for monitoring and combating antisemitism within their own governments. But these envoys were far from the only U.S. government officials involved in the effort; as President Obama said recently, our government made clear that the statue was, “not a side note to our relations with Hungary – this was central to maintaining a good relationship with the United States.”

And while the Hungarian government may have given an award to Zsolt Bayer, organizations, civil society groups, and governments have rightly expressed their disapproval and dismay. So have more than 100 individuals who have received honors over the years from the Hungarian government – including some of the country’s most renowned economists, historians, politicians, poets, filmmakers, and scientists – who have returned their awards in protest.

Let me close, then, by reading from a few of the statements that they gave upon returning their awards.

Former parliamentary commissioner for the rights of national and ethnic minorities Jenő Kaltenbach wrote: “With this you rendered dishonorable and unacceptable both the award itself and the one bestowing it. How you hold yourself to account for this is your business. How I choose to live with this is mine.”

András Heisler, the president of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, wrote: “I value diversity, not destructive extremism. As a civil activist I received the award, and as a responsible Hungarian citizen I am returning it.”

City mayor Tamás Wittinghof simply posted a picture of his award on Facebook with the caption: “Now we say goodbye to each other.”

And Hungarian-American Katrina Lantos Swett, who many of you know, who had received her award for setting up an organization in Budapest to defend minority rights, said she could not share an award with a man who “deserves censure, not honor, for his loathsome writings and speech.” Katrina named the rights organization she founded after her father – Tom Lantos – the only Holocaust survivor to have served in the U.S. Congress, and a lifelong champion of human rights.

These efforts – which I find very moving – show us that when governments are willing to stand up and speak out in the face of antisemitism, rather than stand by, even hatemongers take notice. And when civil society groups and citizens partner in these efforts – and make clear that such hatred poses a threat not only to Jews, but to the pluralism, rights, and freedoms that we hold as sacred – these efforts are exceptionally more effective.

Imagine, for just a moment, how much violence – against Jews and other minorities – might have been avoided if similar efforts had been undertaken in the past. Imagine all of the hatred and suffering that we can prevent if we come together in such an effort today.

I thank you.



  1. Domnule Radu acolo la ONU e gargara la nivel inalt! E gosgogeamite distanta de la tribuna ONU pana asa zisul “TINUT SECUIESC” si vorba aia :din avion nu se vede! Klemm o sa declare ca el nu a fost la Budapesta ci in Covasna unde totul pare in regula!

  2. pai si cum, nu s-a pozat Samantha cu steagul Ungariei???, pt ca doar asa ne-a invatat Ambasada SUA la Buc ca poti “fi constient de toate problemele”!! Uncle Klemm, look at Uncle Sam!

    • @Augustin Radescu
      ….pe când la noi, mai ”praf făcuți”(cum sună titlul)decât noi, ai mai văzut pe undeva prin Europa, asta ca sa te completez . Iată implicare, iată ingerințe, iată consecințe pe care nimeni nu le-a discutat și nu le discută apăsat, pe care le ignoră complice, pe care le nesocotesc, le minimizează, toată lumea făcându-se că nu le vede și căutând vini printre noi, mereu printre noi.
      “Pentru moment, toate indiciile arată că(Ponta n.s) va urma această direcţie. Dacă nu o va face, VA AVEA O PROBLEMĂ GRAVĂ şi se va confrunta (ROMÂNIA, probabil n.s)cu o nouă criză”,
      Nimic de la mine, totul citat din:
      Asta ca să nu spun și de avertismentele din vară privind Lovitura de Stat cu milioane de voturi furate ale lui Ph.Gordon, baroso, merkel..toți îngrijorați toți de ce se va întâmpla cu…băsescu.
      Dumneata realizezi ce ar urma după ce ți se spune:
      ” Dacă nu o va face VA AVEA O PROBLEMĂ GRAVĂ”.
      Acum îți explici, realizezi, în ce condiții a plecat din..PSD și apoi de la guvernare Ponta?

  3. … pana una alta ungurii merg fara viza in SUA iar romanii …. pazesc scutul antiracheta de la Deveselu !!!! Asta da politichie mon cher … 🙂

  4. Samantha Power are cam multe probleme, drept pentru care ar trebui sa fie mai rezervata in declaratii sau si mai bine sa se abtina.
    AlterNet by Sarah Lazare : Samantha Power Poses as Human Rights Defender While Covering Up Saudi Atrocities
    The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. is refusing to answer questions about Saudi Arabia’s assault on civilians in Yemen.
    Phyllis Bennis, senior fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, told AlterNet, “As the U.S.
    representative to the United Nations, Samantha Power should have an even greater obligation to respond to the removal of Saudi Arabia from a list of children’s rights violators because of the U.S. special relationship with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia purchases more weapons form the U.S. than any other country and is routinely identified as Washington’s key Arab ally.”
    “In fact, Power has repeatedly intervened to shield Israel from the most modest scrutiny, including during the summer of 2014, when she vigorously defended Israel’s 51-day military onslaught on Gaza that killed more than 2,100 residents and wounded more than 11,000.
    Power played a key role in influencing the U.S. to wage the disastrous military intervention in Libya. Power was “the first and most decisive advocate for aggressive actions in Libya…….”
    On the 10th of October, 2007, at Hotel Hilton in Tel-Aviv, Israeli President Shimon Peres stated the following: “We are buying up Manhattan, Hungary, Romania and Poland.
    Presedintele Shimon Peres : ” Noi cumparam Manhattan, Ungaria, Romania si Polonia”
    Romanii au o vorba: Nu zagandaresti rahatul, daca nu vrei apoi sa ………..
    Cred ca ungurilor nu prea le place nici sa fie cumparati de evrei si de altii in general, precum nici sa fie condusi/dominati de altii.
    In principiu, EI nu stau capra la nimeni.
    Fact!: Budapest is now the largest Jewish community in Hungary, and also in Central Europe, with 23 synagogues and prayer houses, two colleges, three secondary schools, three kindergartens, a hospital and two nursing homes, as well as several cemeteries.
    The headquarters of national Jewish organizations are also located in Budapest.

    The New Observer 2015 : Hungarian PM Orban: Jewish Oligarch George Soros is Behind “Migrant” Invasion
    Orban nu il agreeaza pe G. Soros, ce sa vezi?, nici romanii nu il au la suflet.
    The Jewish announcement—made by András Heisler, the Chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary in a Euronews interview—may mark the beginning of a split between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the Jews in that country.
    Previously Orbán had gone out of his way to grovel before Hungary’s Jews, and earlier this year even addressed the World Jewish Congress’s annual general meeting held in Budapest, telling more than 500 delegates from around the world that he condemned anti-Semitism and that “the Hungarian Government’s response to growing anti-Semitism is to recall and reinforce the examples and tradition of good Christians.”
    Orban a condamnat anti-semitismul, insa daca Andras Heisler Presedintele Federatiei Comunitatilor Evreiesti din Ungaria a aprobat si aplaudat the Third World Muslim invasion of that country, atunci Orban, SIMPLU a stat de partea poporului = unguri, care NU sunt de acord cu invazia musulmana in tara lor.
    Asadar Madame Samantha Power poate odata si odata va intelege principiul de baza al democratiei = vointa poporului e suverana!

  5. Nu prea ma intereseaza ce faca aia de la ONU, mult mai mult ma intereseaza ce se intampla langa mine, ce fac toti nepotrivitii astia tocmai la mine-n tara. Cum necum reprezentantii lui Unchiu’ au dat-o rau in bara iar, acum incearca s-o dreaga. Nu au ce sa dreaga, de fapt astia sunt ei.

  6. Pe mine ma intereseaza pozitia Departamentului de Stat si mai putin a ambasadorului Klem. Eram curioasa cum se raporteaza americanii la unguri, iar prin vocea amb lor la ONU putem trage o concluzie. Cat despre politica ambasadorilor SUA la Buc ne-am convins. Ne-am convins in 2012 cand intrau cu masinile in garajul lui Basescu si stateau la masuta din mansarda de vorba cu Basescu. Ne-am convins cand faceau poza cu Zgonea, ne-am convins cane ne spuneau cu cine sa votam, netinand cont de niciun principiu democratic sau constitutional, chair si cu pozitia avuta vizavi de o entitate media de care intr-o tara democrata nu te atingi indiferent de ce ai putea crede si in niciun caz nu sustii o minciuna. Dar, Slava Domnului putem face diferenta dintre un ambasador si America. Eu cred in continuare ca prob nu e la ei, ci la noi. Te trateaza asa cum le permit liderii nostri. Stai in genunchi, asa vei fi tratat! Ptr ca azi stai in genunchi in fata lor, maine vei sta in fata orcui iti cere. Si ei stiu asta, stiu ca nu pot avea incredere intr-un astfel de partner!

  7. sa fim seriosi. ungurii sunt amenintati pentru politica lor de cativa ani, ba in ue ba prin sua. si? ei isi vad de treaba pe cand altii ca noi, stam si ghiocel si degeaba. cam ce parere are aliatul strategic se vede din plin in ce fac si ce zic ambasadorii lor din zona. geaba se face sluj peste tot de la politicieni la presa ca ei isi vad doar de propriile interese care nu au nici o legatura cu interesele noastre. inb rest s-a mai dat obama la premierul israeliean si dupa ce l-au tabacit evreii bine a marit ajutorul militar la vreo 38 mld de dolari. mama ce tare se tin americanii! noi sa fim sanatosi si sa nu-i mai vina vreo idee lui klemm cu steagurile alea in spate de se muta capitala la budapesta sau ne trebuie pasaport sa trecem carpatii.

  8. Samantha este renumită pentru patina personală pe care o mai dă politicii Departamentului de Stat la ONU. Vezi recentul atac asupra unei poziții a armatei guvernamentale siriene și scandalul de la ONU…
    Așa că nu m-aș excita în mod deosebit – nu știu cine mai dă doi bani pe bețiva asta.

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