Friday, 15 October 2010

In Hungary it’s not just thoughts.

Yesterday I mentioned the opinion polling evidence of a resurgence in anti-Jewish sentiment in Germany as reported by De Spiegel. Today that magazine’s websitetells of a rebirth of anti-Semitism in Hungary where the far-right Jobbik party is part of the government and Jews are being openly intimidated.
Neo-fascist thugs attacked Roma families, killing six people in a series of murders. The right-wing populists of the Fidesz Party won a two-thirds majority in the parliament, while the anti-Semitic Jobbik party captured 16.7 percent of the vote, making it the third-largest party in Hungary, next to the Socialists. Unknown vandals defiled the Holocaust Memorial with bloody pigs’ feet.
A new law granted the government direct or indirect control over about 80 percent of the media. The television channel Echo TV showed an image of Nobel laureate and Auschwitz survivor Imre Kertész together with a voiceover about rats. Civil servants can now be fired without cause. Krisztina Morvai, a member of the European Parliament for Jobbik, suggested that “liberal-Bolshevik Zionists” should start thinking about “where to flee and where to hide.”
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