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Hungarian Jewish Community Files Lawsuit After Politician Calls for List to be Compiled of Jews Who Pose “National Security Risk”

November 27, 2012 1:17 pm 12 comments

Márton Gyöngyösi. Photo: Márton Gyöngyösi Facebook page.

Hungary’s Jewish community has initiated a criminal procedure today against a Hungarian far-right politician in that country who recently urged the government to compile a list of Jews who pose a “national security risk.”

According to a video posted on Jobbik’s website, and reported by Reuters, Marton Gyongyosi, who leads Jobbik’s foreign policy cabinet, told Parliament: “I know how many people with Hungarian ancestry live in Israel, and how many Israeli Jews live in Hungary.”

“I think such a conflict [between Hamas and Israel] makes it timely to tally up people of Jewish ancestry who live here, especially in the Hungarian Parliament and the Hungarian government, who, indeed, pose a national security risk to Hungary.”

The Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregration released a statement today announcing their legal action that read in part:”The fact that a far right party can address Nazi principles in the Parliament is shocking and disappointing for the
Hungarian Jewish Community and for every Hungarian Democrat.”

Dr. Slomó Köves, Executive Rabbi of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregration, told the Algemeiner that the Jewish community had no other recourse but to take to the courts.”In a normal country there is some type of moral borderline where you don’t have to go to court because of something that is said in Parliament. All the members of the other parties should stand up and say ‘this is unacceptable, this guy should just leave.’ And it seems like in Hungary there isn’t that healthy moral stance. So that leaves us the only possibility to go to court, and if we don’t succeed in the Hungarian court then we will maybe go to the EU.”

Reuters notes that Gyongyosi  “is the son of a diplomat who grew up mostly in the Middle East and Asia — Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan and India — and whose office is decorated by Iranian and Turkish souvenirs.”

The government condemned Gyongyosi’s remarks, with the government spokesman’s office saying, “The government strictly rejects extremist, racist, anti-Semitic voices of any kind and does everything to suppress such voices.”

As for Gyongyosi, Reuters reports that he issued an apology through Jobbik’s website. “I apologize to my Jewish compatriots for my declarations that could be misunderstood,” he said.

Jobbik has gained an international reputation for its intolerant policies. Only recently famed American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti declined an award from the Hungarian government, saying: “Since the Prize is partially funded by the present Hungarian government, and since the policies of this right-wing regime tend toward authoritarian rule and the consequent curtailing of freedom of expression and civil liberties, I find it impossible for me to accept the Prize in the United States.”

12 Comments

  • “I like what Putin does,” says Valentina Slepuk, 57, a retired nurse in Moscow.Micron茅sie (è„¡tats f茅d茅r茅s).

  • Sometimes even here in America-Remember Richard Nixon’s list of Jews

  • Not familiar with the Hungarian election specifics other than the ultra-nationalist rightwing Jobbik Party garnered about 15% of the electorate.
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    From Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_parliamentary_election,_2010
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    ControversiesFollowing the EU elections of 2009, trends showed the rise of right-wing parties and particularly the far right. In this vein, the foreign media cited ominous trends concerning the election results. Fidesz Member of Parliament Oszkár Molnár said that: “I love Hungary, I love Hungarians, and I prefer Hungarian interests to global financial capital, or Jewish capital, if you like, which wants to devour the whole world, but especially Hungary.” He later said that, it was only a response to a Shimon Peres speech in which Peres said that his country aims to “colonise” Hungary when he spoke of Israel’s investments abroad, Peres said that Israel was “buying out Manhattan, Poland, Hungary….”[29][30] Jobbik leader, Gábor Vona, also stirred up controversy with allegations of chauvinism by saying “Hungary is for Hungarians” and must be defended against “foreign speculators”.[citation needed] Molnar also claimed that the language of instruction in Jerusalem schools was Hungarian and they were “learning the language of their future homeland”. His party at the time, Fidesz, did not denounce his statement but simply said it was “embarrassing”. Adding that he would not even consider ousting Molnar from his party or parliamentary faction, as the remark “did not violate the party’s bylaws”.[31] However, in 2010 he was excluded from the Fidesz, due to these remarks. Instead of him, a Lebanese-origin doctor, Pierre Daher became the Fidesz candidate.[original research?] Molnár also claimed that pregnant Roma women deliberately try to induce birth defects so they can give birth to “fools to receive higher family subsidies. I have checked this and it’s true; they hit their bellies with a rubber hammer so that they’ll give birth to handicapped kids.” In 2011, he denounced Roma women at the Hungarian police authorities.[32]

    Another Fidesz parliamentarian, Ilona Ekes, wrote to the police to ban a gay pride event in Budapest, saying that homosexuality was a mental illness and demonstrators would scandalise people, as they did in previous years, when homosexual activists imitated sexual intercourse on stage and other activists were allegedly blasphemous.[33][34] According to Ekes, the demonstrations would harm youngsters, whose school season was to start on the same day.[clarification needed][35]

    A Hungarian analyst was cited as saying Fidesz tolerates such provocative rhetoric from its members because of fears they would vote for Jobbik instead.[citation needed]
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    My preliminary research on the above has thus far shown it to be correct.There are about 50,000 Jews in Hungary-and about 200,000 Gypsies both at the top of the list as Rightwing targets.Interestingly there has been no rhetoric that I can find against Chinese residents that have blossomed to 30,000 ..while imports from China are now only second to those from Germany.

  • Beverly Wootton

    After all Raoule Wallenberg suffered when is this country going to wake up, or simply educate themselves. Ignorance is not an excuse anymore, stand up make a voice!

  • My list, 12 Hungarian Nobel laureates:

    Avram Hershko* (Herskó Ferenc), Chemistry, 2004 (JEW)

    Imre Kertész, Literature, 2002 (JEW)

    George Andrew Olah* (György Oláh), Chemistry, 1994

    John Harsanyi*, (Harsányi János), Economics, 1994 (JEW)

    Dennis Gabor* (Dénes Gábor), Physics, 1971 (JEW)

    Eugene Wigner* (Jenő Wigner), Physics, 1963 (JEW)

    Georg von Békésy* (György Békésy), Physiology or Medicine, 1961

    George de Hevesy (György Hevesy), Chemistry, 1943 (JEW)

    Albert Szent-Györgyi, Physiology or Medicine, 1937

    Richard Adolf Zsigmondy*, born in then Austria-Hungary, Chemistry, 1925

    Philipp Lenard (Fülöp Lénárd)*, born in then Austria-Hungary, Physics, 1905 (NAZI)

    Robert Bárány*, born in then Austria-Hungary, Medicine, 1914 (JEW)

  • national socialism once before had much the same agenda . It looks again to be arising in Europe and the middle east . Even a new country of many Arabs States wants to call themselves Palestinians and be declared a Jew free state . Sound pretty NAZI to me .

  • Hungarian ancestry

    Fascists like this Jobbik MP should be declared for what they are ….criminals and thugs political disguise. They should not be in parliament …. Their rightful place is prison.

  • U hv it wrong lengyel. Bravo goes to Jan.

  • Perhaps they should worry about how many Muslims radicals pose a security threat in Hungary and all over the world!

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