Anger as Hungary far-right leader demands lists of Jews

27 Nov 2012

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up lists of Jews who pose a “national security risk”, stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust.

Marton Gyongyosi, leader of Hungary’s third-strongest political party Jobbik, said the list was necessary because of heightened tensions following the brief conflict in Gaza and should include members of parliament.

Opponents have condemned frequent anti-Semitic slurs and tough rhetoric against the Roma minority by Gyongyosi’s party as populist point scoring ahead of elections in 2014.

But Jobbik has never called publicly for lists of Jews.

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

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Hungarian Jews died in the Holocaust, according to the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest. According to some accounts, one in three Jews killed in Auschwitz were Hungarian nationals…

…The government released a terse condemnation of the remarks…

The complete article is at CNBC.

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[Australian Prime Minister] Julia Gillard has the right position, but could not afford to be rolled or to lose Bob Carr on an issue in which Kevin Rudd opposed her…

…I’m not impressed by some of the reasons given for overturning Gillard’s decision – not principle but political advantage, with reference to majoritism and shifting demographics:

The former Labor foreign minister Gareth Evans briefed Labor MPs on Monday, warning they would be on the wrong side of history if they stood with the US and Israel against the rest of the world…

…Julie Bishop shows the Liberals, at least, are not afraid to defend Israel:

Deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop said the Coalition was disappointed by the government’s decision to abstain from voting on the issue…

“Our concern is that the drive for greater recognition at the UN is an attempt by Palestinian leaders to enable them to bring action against Israel through the international courts.”

The granting of observer status also risked conferring increased international status on the militant group, Hamas, which governed Gaza, Ms Bishop said…

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