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Anti-semitic leader resigns after he is outed as Jewish

Posted by on Aug. 16, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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When one's political career is premised on virulent anti-Semitism, one can expect a hard fall when he discovers his own Jewish roots. Csanad Szegedi, a former member of Hungary's ultra-nationalist Jobbik Party, might want to consider a new job track.

Forced to resign from the party after discovering he is technically himself a Jew under Jewish law, Szegedi now also faces pressure to resign from the European Parliament, The Independent reports. Szegedi has said he wants to maintain his seat as a Member of the European Parliament.

While the Jobbik Party publicly claims it asked Szegedi to resign for suspected bribery, the Wall Street Journal reports that the party vice president wrote an internal memo suggesting Szegedi's roots are at issue: "Had he not lied about his origins, then — whether this is a nice thing or not, that is a different question — he would never have become an MEP."

According to the Associated Press, Szegedi has represented the Jobbik Party in the European Parliament since 2009. NPR notes that the party is known to campaign with anti-Semitic materials.

The Independent provides more information on the start of Szegedi's career:

Szegedi came to prominence as a founder member of the Hungarian Guard. The group formed in 2007 wore black uniforms and striped flags recalling the Arrow Cross, a pro-Nazi party which governed Hungary at the end of World War II and killed thousands of Jews.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Szegedi claims he found out about his Jewish heritage in December 2011. His grandmother reportedly survived Auschwitz and his grandfather worked in forced labor camps.

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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Aug. 16, 2012 at 8:32 PM

How ironic!

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Aug. 17, 2012 at 1:04 AM

smh

wenchmommy381
by Wenchy on Aug. 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM
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tres awkward....

My only question is, is he upset with himself for being Jewish, or is the party mad at him? (Slightly O/T: I know someone who just found out her grandmother was Jewish-- apparently she changed her name and renounced Judaism when she left Europe. Even though my acquaintance is not the least bit anti-Semitic, it was still unsettling.)

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Aug. 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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Quoting wenchmommy381:

tres awkward....

My only question is, is he upset with himself for being Jewish, or is the party mad at him? (Slightly O/T: I know someone who just found out her grandmother was Jewish-- apparently she changed her name and renounced Judaism when she left Europe. Even though my acquaintance is not the least bit anti-Semitic, it was still unsettling.)

Why was it unsettling?

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Aug. 17, 2012 at 10:37 AM
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Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Aug. 17, 2012 at 10:38 AM
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Isn't religion a choice and not a birth right?

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Aug. 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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We have right to choose religion and right to convert. Now if we could make some crazies to accept that!


Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

Isn't religion a choice and not a birth right?


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BlueRay
by Bronze Member on Aug. 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Lol
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Rose87
by Bronze Member on Aug. 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Smh lol
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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Aug. 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Also for who it was unsettling? For poster or her acquaintance?


Quoting futureshock:


Quoting wenchmommy381:

tres awkward....

My only question is, is he upset with himself for being Jewish, or is the party mad at him? (Slightly O/T: I know someone who just found out her grandmother was Jewish-- apparently she changed her name and renounced Judaism when she left Europe. Even though my acquaintance is not the least bit anti-Semitic, it was still unsettling.)

Why was it unsettling?


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