There is a clear demarcation line between Jobbik, the Hungarian center-right government and the other mainstream parties. Jobbik is the only openly anti-Semitic party in Hungary said former National Development Minister Tamas Fellegi in Washington on Wednesday in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs on European antisemitism and Islam.
Antisemitism in Hungary is on the rise due to problems created by the democratic transition process and the frustration triggered by the deep political, economic and moral crisis that has been dominating public life since 2006. About 10 per cent of the population supporting the openly anti-Semitic Jobbik party, but despite this Jewish life in Hungary is flourishing said Fellegi.
"The entire Hungarian political establishment was responsible for the Holocaust, which was a tragedy". The one-party communist rule after the second world war didn't encourage people to face history, as the communist elite was antisemitic as well that manifested itself in the anti-Israeli policies of the communist party.
The democratic transition after the collapse of communism has allowed "the previously repressed frustrations to appear". As a result, "openly anti-Semitic political and civil organizations popped up in every segment of society, but they never - let me repeat that point -- never formed a government" said Fellegi.
Jobbik is an openly anti-Semitic and an anti-Roma party that gained a foothold in Hungarian politics as a result of the eight years of socialist-liberal rule, which brought the country to the brink of economic collapse.
Jobbik's military wing (the Hungarian Guard ed.) was banned, but despite the ban it keeps re-inventing itself; the freedom of speech provision allows to the openly antisemitic Jobbik party to disseminate racist views in the media and in the Hungarian parliament said Fellegi.
"Personally, I think that one of the results of the rise of the Jobbik party is the decline of community sensitivity to racism. Regardless what people think, we have to come to terms with the fact that the Jobbik party has become a permanent feature in Hungarian politics" said Fellegi.
"In the newly born democracies antisemitism and pro-Jewish sentiments are equally present and both issues have been politicized. Political parties and civil organizations have learned quickly how to use antisemitism for their own benefits. Antisemitism has become a tool of manipulation" said Fellegi.
He added that public opinion polls show that there is a significant overlap among Jobbik and Socialist supporters. "Does this mean that the political left and the center-right are racists or free from bias? The answer to both questions is no”.
It is undeniable that some center-right journalists like Zsolt Bayer sometimes writes racist articles. "It is also a fact that there are certain individuals associated with the center-right government that support the rehabilitation of Admiral Horthy. I am personally opposed to the rehabilitation of Horthy and the Horthy era" said Fellegi.
Jobbik rejects the accusations
Reacting to Tamás Fellegi's testimony in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs on European antisemitism and Islam Jobbik spokesperson Ádám Mirkóczki remarked that “it is true that Jobbik differs from the mainstream parties on several issues, but the Jewish question is not among them”. We do not care about the ethnic background of people, we don't classify them on the basis of their race. Jobbik divides people into two main groups -- “builders and destroyers”. It's not our fault that gypsies fall into the latter category and Israel is one of the worst violators of Hungarian national interests.
Jobbik and the mainstream parties are indeed differ on issues such as the European Union, the NATO and the national debt, but these issues have nothing to do with antisemitism.
Mirkócki pointed out that Tamás Fellegi, the Hungarian government and the other mainstream parties, in the spirit of political correctness, bow down to Israel, the United States and Brussels. Mirkóczki added that Jobbik would have never gone to a U.S. Subcommittee hearing to testify against Hungary.
In these tormented times, those who call things by their proper name are stigmatized, they are called antisemites and racists. We don't discriminate against anyone on the basis of its race. We don't care if an individual is Jewish or it belongs to some other race; what we are interested in who violates Hungary's economic and political interests – unfortunately, Israel is among the worst violators of Hungarian national interest said Mirkóczki.
(index.hu – hungarianambiance.com)