(Reuters) – To launch its campaign for Hungary’s parliamentary election, the far-right Jobbik party, accused by critics of anti-Semitism, chose as its venue a former synagogue with a plaque on the wall commemorating 500 local Jews killed in the Holocaust.
The reaction was unsurprising: opponents turned up outside the synagogue in the city of Esztergom to protest at Jobbik’s presence, they heckled party leader Gabor Vona as he arrived, and the confrontation was broadcast on the evening news.
It was seen as another publicity coup for Jobbik on its path to entrenching itself on Europe’s political landscape, and for not much more than the $50 hourly cost of renting the former synagogue, now a municipal community centre.
When Jobbik shocked Europe four years ago by coming third in Hungary’s parliamentary election, many of its opponents predicted the party would soon implode.
It hasn’t. It is preparing to run in Hungary’s parliamentary election on April 6, and polls show it rivaling the leftist opposition for second place. The latest poll this month gave Jobbik 15 percent, not far from the 15.8 percent it won four years ago.
The party’s standing offers clues as to what might happen elsewhere in Europe as the continent gears up for elections to the European Parliament in which nationalists such as France’s Front National and Greece’s Golden Dawn are expected to perform better than ever…
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As usual, the MSM lumps everyone together as “far right.” But in the case of Hungary, this party is truly unpleasant. They are openly anti-Semitic and not only do they not oppose Muslim immigration, they have a silly theory (based on questionable linguistics) that they are cousins of the Turks. There are very few Muslims in Hungary because it spent the post-WW II era under Communism and thus there was not the huge immigration that happened in Western Europe.
I have seen several stories in the very nationalist Turkish “World Bulletin” describing the good relations between the Hungarian Jobbik Party and Turkey. According to Wiki, this analysis of linguistics is completely wrong.
In other words, they are nut-cases, feeding of the resentment (perhaps justified) at losing so much territory to Romania after WW I. The long deep freeze under Communism has kept the feeling alive, and now it is thawing nicely. They also host many Gypsies.
As to Marine Le Pen’s party, it did start as openly anti-Semitic under her father, but she has tried very hard to shed this image. How many of the current members are anti-Semitic I do not know. However, anyone living in today’s France who is more worried about Jews than Muslims is, to be honest, pretty damn stupid.