Hungarian Politician Burns Israeli Flag at Anti-Israel Rally
Less than a month after a Hungarian lawmaker from the far-right Jobbik party called for Jews to be registered on lists as threats to national security, another member of the Hungarian government attended an anti-Israel demonstration outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and burned an Israeli flag.
Unaffiliated politician Lenhardt Balazs was previously a member of Jobbik, which condemns a relationship between Hungary and Israel and holds 47 seats in the Hungarian Parliament. Balazs left the party because he thought it had become less radical.
At the demonstration, about 100 protesters gathered to protest Israeli “atrocities” against Palestinians, and reports indicate that they also used anti-Semitic slogans such as “filthy Jews,” and “to Auschwitz with all of you!” Balazs was arrested and questioned for the flag burning incident last weekend, and then was released. Afterward, he posted pictures of himself burning the Israeli flag on Facebook, writing that “It is important to destroy the symbols of the enemy,” according to the Jewish Press.