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February 5, 2014 9:41 pm

Hungarian Jewish Group Considering Physically Preventing Jobbik From Protesting at Former Synagogue

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Right-wing Jobbik Party members in Hungary are planning to hold a rally in a building that formerly functioned as a synagogue. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org The Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz) is considering sending people to physically prevent Hungary’s ultra-nationalist Jobbik party from holding a rally at a former synagogue on Feb. 14.

Jobbik, which holds 43 of 386 seats in the country’s parliament, is planning the rally in a building in the city of Esztergom which had once been a synagogue. The Jewish community in the city was killed during the Holocaust. The Jobbik party leader, Marton Gyongyosi, had demanded that the Hungarian government make a list of citizens with Jewish ancestry who might post a security risk to the country.

“In case this [gathering] will not be prohibited the Mazsihisz and Jewish civil organizations will protest and physically hinder the Jobbik rally on the spot,” Mazsihisz President Andras Heisler told the Jerusalem Post. Holding the rally at the former synagogue would be an “unworthy, ugly, and cynical desecration of the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and the sentiments of the survivors,” Esztergom’s Socialist Party chairman Tamás Gál wrote in a letter to the town’s mayor.

Meanwhile, the Rabbinical Council of Europe (RCE) has announced its plans to hold a conference in March that will cooperate with the Hungarian government. “In the past few years, the voices of anti-Semitic ideology have become louder in the country. The conference is aimed at showing support to the Jewish community, and to the majority of Hungarians who experience with fear the negative developments,” RCE Director-General Rabbi Menachem Margolin said in a statement.

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  • So Jobbik wants a list of all Jews who might be a security risk to the country. Well, I wouldn’t be a risk to HUngary, but you can be damn certain, I AM definitely a risk to the Jobbik and their fascist anti-Semitic leader,Gyongyosi. I’m watching you Fuhrer Gyongyosi….

  • Jerry

    dear Eric, 2x wrong doesn´t make 1 right.

  • Aviva

    Can someone explain to me, how in the 21st century, a neo-Nazi group can be a legitimate part of Parliament.

    • Eric R.

      I would also ask the same question about Marxists in Parliaments. All they have done in the last 100 years is kill more than 100 million people.

    • Malcolm Jackson

      All down to the EU. The EU will either end up Nazi or Communist, with Islam as the official cult. There is no democracy in the EU to stop this happening. Just like Nazi Germany the ugliest thugs will take over.

  • Eric R.

    If I were Netanyahu, I would tell the Hungarian government that either they stop Jobbik, or he will send the IDF in to stop Jobbik.