Hungarian radical MP offers to name dangerous Jews
Hungary is in the midst of an anti-Semitic scandal as recently, a far-right Hungarian political leader Marton Gyongyosi has called for the government to draw up a list of Jews who posed a “national security threat.” The call triggered protests across the country and was slammed by Jewish organizations all over the world.
The head of the Jobbik (The Movement for a Better Hungary) party once said that Israel behaves like a “Nazi state” in the Gaza Strip and claimed that Israel’s Foreign Minister Lieberman “is no different from Goebbels”.
Afterwards, the politician urged to test the Hungarian parliament for Jews and check whether they pose any threat to national security.
Experts are not surprised with these chauvinistic statements. Analyst from the Center for Jewish Studies at the Moscow Higher School of Economics Timofey Borodachev comments.
"Jobbik never concealed its ideology. This far-right, anti-Semitic and anti-Roma party is the third-largest party in the Hungarian parliament. It gained over 14% of the votes in the 2009 elections. So, its rhetoric is nothing new."
Hungary’s Jews were outraged with the statements and the Raoul Wallenberg Committee gathered some 1,000 protesters in front of the Hungarian parliament. They saw foreign support. Thus, the Central Council of Jews in Germany called for sanctions against the party and urged actions from the EU.
All Hungary’s political parties condemned the move while the country’s Foreign Ministry stated that Hungary will never forget the victims of Holocaust. This means that not all Hungarians share Jobbik’s ideology, says expert in European studies Lubov Sheshelina.
"Such statements have become a routine for Jobbik –it makes them on a regular basis. What is worse – its members exclude Jews from the party – this happened recently. But I wouldn’t apply the party’s ideology to the entire society."
Though it’s not the first such scandal with Jobbik, the party will hardly see any aftermath. Far-right sentiments are rather strong in Hungary, so the party may even gain more votes in the next elections.
As for the EU, it’s notorious for its double standards - banning the same things in Germany or France but allowing them in new member states.