Leading Official of Hungarian Extremist Party Accuses Jews of Colonializing Country
JOBBIK on the March
Márton Gyöngyösi, deputy leader and foreign affairs spokesman of Jobbik, the far-right party with representation in the Hungarian parliament, has openly questioned the Holocaust, claimed that Jews were colonizing Hungary and that Israeli treatment of the Palestinians amounted to a “Nazi system”. In an interview with the Britsh weekly ‘Jewish Chronicle’, Gyöngyösi questioned whether Jews have “the right to talk about what happened during the Second World War”.
Gyöngyösi - a member of parliament - questioned whether 400,000 Hungarian Jews really were killed or deported to the Nazi camps during the World War II. “It has become a fantastic business to jiggle around with the numbers,” he told the newspaper. Jobbik (which translates as Movement for a Better Hungary) currently holds 47 parliamentary seats and is the country’s third largest party. It is notorious for its homophobic, anti-Jewish and anti-Roma stance. An official in the Hungarian Foreign Ministry told the ‘Jewish Chronicle’: “We are very, very worried. The prime minister [Viktor Orban] could easily fall in the coming months, taking the ruling party down with him, and Jobbik is well-placed to become the largest party in Parliament in an election.”