The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain (FCJE) yesterday “strongly” condemned and described as “anti-Semitic” the comment of the president of the PSOE in Seville, Amparo Rubiales, in which she called “Nazi Jew” the leader of the PP Elías Bendodo after he labeled the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, a “cheater” for bringing forward the elections in the middle of the holiday period.
“This is anti-Semitism as Bendodo’s Jewish origin is pointed out when no other politician is identified with his origin or religion,” the FCJE said in a statement. “Beyond political differences, it is intolerable and despicable to use the origin, tendencies, belonging or religion of an adversary to make a political criticism,” it continued.
“We also reiterate that the use of terms that have to do with Nazism to compare people or situations of the present time, supposes the trivialization of one of the most criminal regimes in History,” warned the Federation, the institution that officially represents Spanish Jews. “For all these reasons, we urge politicians to remove from their vocabulary these terms that in no way help respect and coexistence,” it concluded.
For its part, the PP has called for the resignation of Rubiales (former councilor of the Junta de Andalucía and former senator and deputy in Congress) as president of the PSOE of Seville for her comment against the number three of the party president, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, which was disseminated by the socialist leader through her Twitter account and in which she stated that the words of Bendodo constitute “really the speech of a Nazi Jew”.