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Far-Right Hungarian MP Marton Gyongyosi Calls for List of “National Security Risk” Jews

Márton Gyöngyösi, Jobbik MP (Photo: Jobbik)

A far-right member of the Hungarian parliament is demanding that his government draw up a list of Jews who threaten the nation’s security.

Reuters reports that 35-year-old Marton Gyongosi, a member of the far-right Jobbik party, called for the list after Foreign Ministry State Secretary Zsolt Nemeth affirmed Hungary’s desire for a peaceful solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Nemeth said that a peaceful resolution of the Palestine issue would benefit Hungarian Jews, Israelis of Hungarian origin and Palestinians living in Hungary.

Gyongyosi, leader of Jobbik’s foreign policy cabinet, told parliament that he knows “how many people with Hungarian ancestry live in Israel, and how many Israeli Jews live in Hungary.”

“I think such a conflict 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.”

Hungarian Jews, who are wary of being tracked on lists after between 500,000 and 600,000 of them were exterminated during the Holocaust when Hungary allied itself with Nazi Germany, were alarmed by Gyongyosi’s remarks.

“I am a Holocaust survivor,” Gusztav Zoltai, executive director of the Hungarian Jewish Congregations’ Association, told Reuters. “For people like me this generates raw fear, even though it is clear that this only serves political ends.”

The Hungarian government strongly condemned Gyongyosi’s comments.

“The government strictly rejects extremist, racist, anti-Semitic voices of any kind and does everything to suppress such voices,” a government spokesman said in a statement.

Gyongyosi has since attempted to walk back his words.

“I apologize to my Jewish compatriots for my declarations that could be misunderstood,” he said, explaining that he was referring to Hungarians with dual Israeli-Hungarian citizenship.

Jobbik, which was formed in 2003, is infamous for its hostility towards Jews and Hungary’s 700,000 Roma, or gypsies. It is now the country’s third most popular party.

While the party is rife with anti-Semitism and anti-Roma racism, it has taken a strong stand against Israeli crimes against humanity in occupied Palestine. Jobbik President Gabor Vona recently accused Israel of operating “the world’s largest concentration camp” in Gaza.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is among the many international figures who has also called Gaza a “prison camp” or “the world’s largest open-air prison.”

Often, those who criticize Israeli crimes are accused of anti-Semitism. After Cameron’s remarks, for example, Israeli President Shimon Peres accused the entire nation of Britain of being anti-Semitic. Former Israeli education minister Shulamit Aloni candidly confessed that such accusations are “a trick” that Israelis “always use” to stifle criticism, but in the case of Hungary’s Jobbik party, the accusations are firmly rooted in truth.

For example, in 2009 a newsletter edited by Judit Szima, a former Jobbik candidate for European Parliament, declared that, “given our current situation, anti-Semitism is not just our right, but it is the duty of every Hungarian homeland lover, and we must prepare for armed battle against the Jews.”

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