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“They are like Jews, they have no country”: the reprehensible antisemitic comment of a national deputy in a videoconference

The insult of deputy Pablo Ansaloni to the Jewish community

“We are more united than ever, nobody is going to break us, and nobody who has nothing to do with our province because they are like the Jews, out there they have no homeland and do not know where they are.”. This was the reprehensible anti-Semitic comment issued by the national deputy Pablo Ansaloni during a virtual chat in which he spoke about the representation of the rural workers union (UATRE).

Ansaloni, member of the interblock Federal Unit for Development and president of Faith Party -the space founded by the late rural leader Gerónimo “Momo” Venegas-, was forced to apologize hours after the video with the insult went viral on social networks and thousands of users expressed their rejection. As explained, he used the historic struggle of the Jewish people to exemplify his argument about what the leadership of the UATRE union should be. In addition, he maintained that the disclosure of the video was intended to damage his image.

“In my capacity as National deputy I want to clarify the sayings in a video that circulates maliciously about me. First of all I make an apology to the beloved Jewish community for the sayings taken out of context. When I mention that millennial phrase, it only refers to the lack of territory that for many years the Jewish people did not have.”Said the deputy in his message after the scandal had already broken out.

“I will mention that poorly formulated phrase in a discussion wanting to illustrate what I was saying and NOT in a derogatory way. I have great respect and support with all conviction for the struggle that has been developing in the country since the unfortunate attack by the AMIA. Without further ado, I reiterate my apologies to the entire JEWISH COMMUNITY and to anyone who has been offended, “concluded the brief statement published on the legislator’s official social networks.

MP Ansaloni
MP Ansaloni

But the scandal did not end there. The unfortunate comment reached the ears of leaders of the Jewish community, who did not hesitate to express their rejection. For example, the Delegation of Argentine Israelite Associations (DAIA) issued a harsh statement to condemn Ansaloni’s antisemitic comment and again took the opportunity to make a request not to naturalize hate messages.

“DAIA, representing the Jewish community, expresses its most energetic condemnation of the anti-Semitic sayings of the national deputy Pablo Ansaloni, who affirmed in a Zoom that ‘they are like the Jews who do not have a country out there.’ Expressions such as those presented show a high anti-Jewish virulence by installing a foreign discourse towards the Jewish community, an old typology of Judeophobia”, Highlighted the delegation in the statement.

In that sense, they added: “Even more serious, if it is stated by a deputy of the Nation that should be an example of the protection of the right to equality and inclusion. Once again, the entity draws attention to the importance of not naturalizing hate messages that undermine the possibility of a peaceful coexistence ”.

Finally, the The delegation asked that leaders who make comments of this type be punished. “The DAIA demands that the authorities punish and separate those who, due to their discrimination and intolerance, promote the division of Argentine society”they concluded.

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