The Forward (Jewish) website reports today (June 24, 2012) that 50 U.S. congressman have urged Hungarian leaders to "use their authority to speak out against anti-Semitism."
Their call came in an open letter dated June 22 addressed to Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban. The letter focused on "anti-Semitic and homophobic positions espoused by members of the Jobbik (nationalist) Party.
Among other issues of concern, the letter mentioned statements by Jobbik's presidential candidate, Krisztina Morvai, who called Israelis "lice-infested, dirty murderers."
Such positions "have no place in civilized discourse and must not be allowed to go unchallenged," the letter read. The initiative was led by Joseph Crowley, a Democrat and representative for New York's 7th District.