Mexican congressman accused of making anti-Semitic remark

Mexican congressman Jorge Romero has been accused of using anti-Semitic language in reference to the head of the country’s Jewish umbrella organization and human rights activist Salomon Achar Achar.

Romero’s statement calling the Jewish Community Central Committee’s president “a f***ing Jew,” was recorded by Grupo Imagen Multimedia radio news service, The Excelsior newspaper reported late last week.

“Since 2003, our country has a law to prevent and extinguish discrimination, including anti-Semitism. It’s unacceptable that, in a pluralistic and democratic society, people keep on using depreciative expressions like the one congressman Romero did,” read a statement from the Mexican Jewish Community Central Committee.

Jorge Romero  (Twitter photograph)
Jorge Romero (Twitter photograph)

The slur, although denied by Romero, was witnessed during the confirmation of Achar’s name for the position of honorary adviser of the Human Rights Commission in Mexico’s Congress. According to The Exelsior, the commission’s president, Jimeno Huanosta, confirmed the use of anti-Semitic words against Achar.

Interestingly, PAN, Romero’s political party, attempted to change the session rules of the Human Rights Commission at the last-minute, but failed.

Mexico is home to some 50,000 Jews.In 2014, Romero was nicknamed “El Fuhrer” among senior officials at the Benito Juarez province, where he was a delegate, the news portal Libre en el Sur reported.

It is Latin America’s third largest Jewish community after Argentina and Brazil.

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