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Hungarian Politician: “Draw Up a List of Jews”

COMMENT: Hungarian politics have seen the recent resurgence of fascist/xenophobic political parties similar in tone and nature to the Arrow-Cross Party that led Hungary during its World War II collaboration with the Nazis.

In addition to the Fidesz organization, currently the dominant political element in that country, the Jobbik Party has been gaining strength and echoing many of the themes of the Nazi era.

A Jobbik politician has now called for the compiling of a list of Jews. Deja vu all over again!

“Anger as Hun­gary Far-Right Leader Demands Lists of Jews” by Mar­ton Dunai; Reuters; 11/27/2012.

EXCERPT: A Hun­gar­ian far-right politi­cian urged the gov­ern­ment to draw up lists of Jews who pose a “national secu­rity risk”, stir­ring out­rage among Jew­ish lead­ers who saw echoes of fas­cist poli­cies that led to the Holocaust.

Mar­ton Gyongyosi, a leader of Hungary’s third-strongest polit­i­cal party Job­bik, said the list was nec­es­sary because of height­ened ten­sions fol­low­ing the brief con­flict in Gaza and should include mem­bers of parliament.

Oppo­nents have con­demned fre­quent anti-Semitic slurs and tough rhetoric against the Roma minor­ity by Gyongyosi’s party as pop­ulist point scor­ing ahead of elec­tions in 2014. . . .

. . . Jobbik’s anti-Semitic dis­course often evokes a centuries-old blood libel — the accu­sa­tion that Jews used Chris­tians’ blood in reli­gious rituals.
“Job­bik has moved from rep­re­sent­ing medieval super­sti­tion (of the blood libel) to openly Nazi ide­olo­gies,” wrote Slomo Koves, chief rabbi of the Uni­fied Hun­gar­ian Jew­ish Congregation.

Job­bik reg­is­tered as a polit­i­cal party in 2003, and gained increas­ing influ­ence as it rad­i­cal­ized grad­u­ally, vil­i­fy­ing Jews and the country’s 700,000 Roma.

The group gained noto­ri­ety after found­ing the Hun­gar­ian Guard, an unarmed vig­i­lante group rem­i­nis­cent of World War Two-era far-right groups. It entered Par­lia­ment at the 2010 elec­tions and holds 44 of 386 seats. . . .

. . . More than half of Hungary’s elec­torate is unde­cided and hav­ing retained its voter base, s ome ana­lysts say Job­bik could hold the bal­ance of power in the 2014 elec­tions between Fidesz and the frag­mented left-wing opposition.

Discussion

5 comments for “Hungarian Politician: “Draw Up a List of Jews””

  1. i guess it’s put up or shut up time for the hungarian people. as the song goes, “WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?”

    Posted by David | November 28, 2012, 8:21 pm
  2. Boss, I’ll get on this right away!

    Posted by Fred Malek | November 29, 2012, 12:27 am
  3. @”Fred Malek”–

    Sharp wit! This is, of course, not “the real” Fred Malek, who was tasked (by Nixon) with purging the Bureau of Labor Statistics of Jews.

    Malek, BTW, was also one of the founders of the Carlyle Group.

    Best,

    Dave

    Posted by Dave Emory | November 29, 2012, 7:43 pm
  4. OK then:

    Prosecutors Reject Report Against Hungary Lawmaker

    BUDAPEST, Hungary January 9, 2013 (AP)

    Hungarian prosecutors have rejected a complaint from a Jewish congregation against a lawmaker who said Jews could represent a national security risk.

    Rabbi Slomo Koves and Daniel Bodnar of Hungary’s Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch community had filed a complaint against Marton Gyongyosi for incitement to hatred after the deputy of the far-right Jobbik party said in Parliament on Nov. 26 that it was “time to assess … how many people of Jewish origin there are here, and especially in the Hungarian Parliament and the Hungarian government, who represent a certain national security risk for Hungary.”

    The Central Investigative Chief Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday that Gyongyosi’s remarks could not be classified as inciting to hatred.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | January 9, 2013, 12:01 pm
  5. Europe’s far-right tide is still on the rise:

    International Business Times
    Marian Kotleba: Slovakia’s New Neo-Nazi Governor Only Latest of Right-Wing Extremists Emerging In Eastern Europe
    By Palash Ghosh
    on November 25 2013 10:35 AM

    An extreme right-wing political candidate has gained high office in the Eastern European nation of Slovakia, a member of the European Union and NATO. Marian Kotleba, chief of the ultra-nationalist Our Slovakia (LSNS) party, won election as regional governor of Banska Bystrica in the central part of the country, by polling 55.5 percent of the electorate in the second round of polls against the incumbent Vladimir Manka, who represents the Smer-Social Democrat party of Prime Minister Robert Fico. In Slovakia’s other self-governing regions, the ruling Social Democrats won six districts, while the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union Party (SDKU) retained the capital of Bratislava.

    Kotleba, whose organization has long agitated against Slovakia’s Roma (Gypsy) minority, branding them as “parasites,” once belonged to the now-outlawed Neo-Nazi Slovenská Pospolitost (Slovak Community) movement that praised the Nazi puppet government that ruled the country during World War II. Bloomberg reported that Kotleba openly admires praised Jozef Tiso, president of the Nazi satellite state in Slovakia during World War II, which dispatched thousands of Jews to Nazi concentration camps. Kotleba, a 36-year-old former high school teacher, has been notorious for sporting Nazi-style uniforms in public, and also repeatedly arrested and sued for spreading racism and hate (no such charges have ever stuck, however).

    BBC reported that, with respect to foreign policy, Kotleba has called for Slovakia to cancel its membership in NATO, which his party considers a “terrorist” organization, gain more independence from the EU and establish a national currency. PressEuropa also noted that Kotleba once vowed to “end the unfair preferential treatment accorded to parasites, and not just the gypsies.”

    According to Bloomberg, Slovakia’s Roma community, which account for about 7 percent of the population, has become a scapegoat for an economic slowdown and the likelihood of increased government austerity measures to satisfy the EU’s deficit targets. SME, a Slovak daily newspaper, said Kotleba’s triumph was sparked by “a mixture of hatred, powerlessness and outrage against the elites.” Pavol Freso, the SDKU candidate who won in Bratislava, characterized Kotleba’s victory as “a huge blow for democracy.” However, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported that Kotleba’s victory came as a surprise since he lost in the first round of the election, did not campaign much and participated in only one debate. RFE/RL added that less than one-fifth (17 percent) of eligible voters bothered to cast ballots in the election, suggesting that Kotleba’s performance reflected voter apathy and hardly represents a mandate by the public.

    Indeed, extreme right-wing parties, likely aided by economic malaise, have made some gains across Eastern Europe in recent years. In Hungary, the far-right Jobbik party has openly assailed Jews and Roma. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban acknowledged that anti-Semitism is increasing in Hungary but said that his government would not tolerate such hate, BBC reported. “Anti-Semitism is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated,” Orban declared. “[We have a] moral duty to declare zero tolerance on anti-Semitism.”

    At a rally last year against the World Jewish Congress in Budapest, Reuters reported, Jobbik chairman Gabor Vona told the crowd: “The Israeli conquerors, these investors, should look for another country in the world for themselves because Hungary is not for sale.” Hundreds of people attended the demonstration, with many wearing the black garments of Jobbik’s outlawed paramilitary wing, the Hungary Guard, which have reportedly attacked Roma camps over the years. Another Jobbik official at the rally, MP Marton Gyongyosi, warned that Hungary had “become subjugated to Zionism, it has become a target of colonization while we, the indigenous people, can play only the role of extras.” Gyongyosi, like many top Jobbik members, has a long history of making anti-Semitic statements. Last year, he demanded that the government release a list of Jewish MPs and cabinet members who might pose a “national security risk” to Hungary.

    Ironically, last year, it was revealed that the former leader of Jobbik, Csanad Szegedi, is himself Jewish and that his grandmother was a Jewish Holocaust survivor. In a bizarre interview with the Hungarian press, Szegedi tried to downplay the revelation by declaring: “I think that what counts is not to know who is a pure race Hungarian, the important thing is the way one behaves as a Hungarian. To be Hungarian for me has always been a responsibility [toward my country], that has nothing to do with racial supremacy.” Szegedi was eventually forced to resign from Jobbik.

    Meanwhile, in another part of Eastern Europe, The Ukraine, a neo-Nazi group called the Svoboda All-Ukrainian Union, which espouses a virulently xenophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-gay, and anti-Russian agenda, has gained seats in parliament. European and Israeli leaders expressed shock in October 2012, when Svoboda gained more than 10 percent of the electorate in parliamentary elections, entering the legislature for the first time ever. (In some western regions of Ukraine, Svoboda gained as much as 40 percent of the vote.) As recently as the 2007 parliamentary elections, Svoboda only garnered 0.76 percent of the total vote. It is now one of five major parties in the Ukraine.

    Founded in 1991 as the Social-National Party of Ukraine, Svoboda has apparently appealed to hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians weary of economic woes and rampant corruption in government. Recent reports suggest that the party has derived significant support from the well-educated and the young. Among other things, Svoboda (which means ‘freedom’) seeks to end all immigration and ensure that all civil servant jobs are filled by ethnic Ukrainians.

    Anti-Semitism appears to hold a core position in Svoboda’s party ideology. In 2004, the party’s charismatic leader Oleh Tyahnybok delivered a speech in parliament in which he alleged that a “Muscovite-Jewish mafia” was controlling the Ukraine and threatened the country’s very existence. Tyahnybok also claimed that “organized Jewry” dominate Ukrainian media and government, have enriched themselves through criminal activities and plan to engineer a “genocide” upon the Christian Ukrainian population.

    Extreme far-right groups have also sprouted in the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 25, 2013, 12:25 pm

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