November 27, 2012

Budapest - Anger As Hungary Far-Right Leader Demands Lists Of Jews

Nazism rears it's ugly head, again

Budapest - Hungarian politicians and Jewish groups on Tuesday condemned a far-right politician who called for the screening of Jews for national security risks.

Marton Gyongyosi, a deputy of the far-right Jobbik party, said Monday in Parliament that the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict presented an opportune occasion for his plan.

“I think now is the 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,” Gyongyosi said.

Gyongyosi made his comments while criticizing Hungary’s Foreign Ministry for siding with Israel and failing to step up in defense of Palestinians’ rights.

Some 550,000 Hungarian Jews were killed in the Holocaust, including around a third of the victims who died at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Hungary’s Jewish population is estimated at 100,000 today, and while physical attacks are rare, an elderly rabbi was insulted recently near his home and Jewish and Holocaust memorials have been vandalized.

Gyongyosi also accused the press and his critics of bad faith and bad intentions regarding his statements.

Jobbik president Gabor Vona said recently that since Israel was a “terrorist state,” politicians holding dual Hungarian-Israeli citizenship had to be banned from becoming parliamentary deputies.

Rabbi Slomo Koves, of Hungary’s Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch community, described Gyongyosi’s proposal as “a chemically pure form of Nazism” and said he would file a complaint to prosecutors against the lawmaker for incitement against the Hungary’s Jews.

International Jewish organizations also issued strong rebukes, comparing Gyongyosi’s words to those of the Nazis.

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I would imagine this 'politician' has Hamas leaders on his 'important contacts' list, just sayin..

h/t @webradius

Update: The Hungarian Jewish community filed a lawsuit against Marton Gyongyosi

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