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Thousands attend anti-Nazi rally in Hungary to protest lawmaker’s call to screen Jews

Posted by on Dec. 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM
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Thousands attend anti-Nazi rally in Hungary to protest lawmaker’s call to screen Jews

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Thousands attended an anti-Nazi rally Sunday in Hungary organized by Jewish and civic groups to protest a far-right lawmaker’s call to screen Jews for national security risks.

The rally was unusual because politicians from both the government and opposition parties shared a stage outside parliament.


Marton Gyongyosi of the far-right Jobbik party said Monday in the legislature it was time “to assess ... how many people of Jewish origin there are here, and especially in the Hungarian parliament and the Hungarian government, who represent a certain national security risk.”

Gyongyosi later apologized to “our Jewish compatriots” for his statement, but added that Hungary needed to be wary of “Zionist Israel and those serving it also from here.”

Some 550,000 Hungarian Jews were killed in the Holocaust. Hungary’s Jewish population is now estimated at 100,000.

Antal Rogan, parliamentary faction leader of the governing Fidesz party, addressed the crowd, which Hungarian media estimated at over 10,000 people.

“I came because in this situation I cannot stay quiet,” Rogan said. “Hungary defends its citizens.”

Rogan said he would take his two sons to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, where it is estimated that one-third of the Nazis’ victims were Hungarian.

Some posters held by protesters mocked Gyongyosi by showing him with a Hitler moustache and the crowd chanted “Jobbik go away!”

Attila Mesterhazy said his opposition Socialist Party would boycott Parliament’s foreign affairs committee as long as Gyongyosi remained its vice chairman. He also called on Prime Minister Viktor Orban to address the issue in Parliament next week.

Jobbik president Gabor Vona, however, said the protest was part of an “artificially induced campaign of lies” meant to divert attention away from Hungary’s economic problems and that the groups that took part in the rally wanted to “destroy” Jobbik.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


by on Dec. 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM
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RowdyRoxyRainbw
by Gold Member on Dec. 2, 2012 at 8:47 PM
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Oh my.  This scares me to death.  I can feel it all over my body.

RowdyRoxyRainbw
by Gold Member on Dec. 2, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Chills all over still.

JanuaryBaby06
by Bronze Member on Dec. 2, 2012 at 9:01 PM

yeah this is pretty scary.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Dec. 2, 2012 at 9:53 PM

My friend is Turkish/American and has dual citizenship. So does her daughter, who was born in the States. She is pregnant right now with a boy who she says will not have dual citizenship because she does not want him being called into service in Turkey because of crazy stuff like this.

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 3:27 AM
It's like a sickness that spreads. Idiots believe that the Jews or done other cabal rule the world and all of the world's problems are orchestrated by zionists or whatever new world order.
This stuff is a lot like intelligent design to me. Oh yeah, this is all part of a really big, convoluted, inefficient, and unspeakable plan that usually devastates the very parties trying to profit almost as often as the supposed targets but, ok, I'm supposed to believe these sinister super villains are brilliant and well funded but Zeke from the baitshop was able to figure out their dastardly plan within fifteen minutes of going into google.
How far am I supposed to suspend my disbelief for the "truth" to make sense?
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yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Apparantly it doesn't take long for some to forget.

 

MsChrln
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 8:44 AM
Wow
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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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Hungarian Nazi's sound like American GOP - In all seriousness this is very scary, I'm so glad thousands came out to protest.
Meadowchik
by Silver Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 9:23 AM

 I think it's possible the Nazi comparisons are a bit too far. For what it's worth, Israeli airports use profiling in their security checkpoints, which have been known to concentrate on non-Israeli Arabs.  Perhaps the person under question was getting at something more like that, but did a terrible job at explaining.

IMO it is true that smarter security is what's needed.  A more intelligent, pinpointed approach would probably work much better.  For instance, the Israeli security officers ask many seemingly random questions very quickly, so it is hard to lie and make up a story on the spot, and they know how to pick up on body language for deceptiveness.

Meadowchik
by Silver Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

 

Quoting mikiemom:

Hungarian Nazi's sound like American GOP - In all seriousness this is very scary, I'm so glad thousands came out to protest.

 There are still Nazi's today, but the article says nothing at all about actual Nazi members or sympathizers, just people making Nazi inferences about the lawmaker.

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