October 24, 2014
Even though Jobbik has a bit of a weird history, with some strange individuals and Jews among its ranks, the Jews certainly do not seem very happy at the party’s recent gains in Hungarian politics. In recent local elections, Jobbik has now become the second largest political force in Hungary.
Some of their membership is fairly hardcore on the Jewish issue. One Jobbik member has openly called for creating a registry containing all of Hungary’s Jews. If Jobbik continues making political gains, we may see such an idea become a reality.
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.