Anti-Semitic Party Gains; Hungarian Jews Frantic

Hungarian Jewish community alarmed after election results reveal Jobbik is second largest party in Hungary.

Haim Lev, Cynthia Blank,

Jews in Hungary
Jews in Hungary
Yoni Kempinski

The Jewish community of Hungary has expressed great concern in recent days, following the results of local elections, where far-right party Jobbik has become the second largest party in Hungary, after winning control of fourteen cities and towns.

This represents a significant achievement for the party - which, in the previous local elections four years ago, received control of only 3 cities.

Just two months ago, during Operation Protective Edge, Mihaly Zoltan Orosz, mayor of Erpatak in eastern Hungary, held an anti-Semitic ceremony in the city's main square. 

During the ceremony, effigies of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former president Shimon Peres were "hung" in a mock execution.

One week later, police raided the home and offices of the anti-Semitic mayor and brought him in for questioning.

Another Jobbik party member and parliament representative caused an uproar when he called on the government to make a registry of all of Hungary's Jews.  

The Conference of European Rabbis sees these election results as further proof of the rise of anti-Semitism in Hungary.

"We are concerned and we expressed our concerns to the heads of the European Union (EU) as well as to the leaders of European governments, who see eye to eye with us on the need for a war to eradicate rising anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic manifestations. We will continue our activities to increase and glorify Torah and Israel in Europe, because we all believe that Light rejects Darkness." 

In Hungary's last parliamentary elections, which took place in April, Jobbik already showed a marked increase in power. The party won 20.3% of the vote, with most of the support coming from poor areas in the east of the country. 

Jobbik's biggest achievement during last week's elections was recorded in the northeast city of Ozd, which holds 35 thousand inhabitants. The new mayor of Ozd, David Janiczak, 27, took a victory lap around the city, shaking the hands of cheering residents. 




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