Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hungary: Jobbik, Socialists use Jews to get votes

Jobbik, a far-right party, recently held a pre-election rally in a former synagogue in Esztergom.  The building is today a community center.

Both Jobbik and the Socialist mayor of the city, had an interest in causing a provocation.

Euronews reports that Jobbik chose this location in order to cause a provocation:
However, Attila Magyar, euronews’ correspondent in Esztergom said the choice of location was intended to provoke:

“Last year the Jobbik party interrupted several parliamentary sessions. Now something similar has happened to its members. By choosing this location, the party has achieved its goal and received the attention it was seeking.”

The local rabbi, Rabbi Baruch Oberlander, says it was a socialist provocation:
The Rabbi explained that Jewish community leaders tried adamantly to stop the rally, to no avail. 
"We, on behalf of the hareidi communities of Budapest, turned to the mayor via a letter, asking that the rally be stopped from being held in the synagogue, and would even provide a replacement if need be - but she intentionally ignored it," he accused.

"Regrettably, it is obvious that the Socialist Left party has decided that it's worth it for them to cynically use Jews and the topic of anti-Semitism in the hopes that it will bring them victory in the upcoming elections. Unfortunately, many Jews and Jewish leaders participate in the elections, and the Socialists take advantage." 

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