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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 [1] 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. [2]

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.