Jobbik Plans Rally at Former Synagogue, Jewish Group Threatens to “Physically Hinder” Them

The Jewish Chronicle
February 20, 2014

Hungary’s antisemitic Jobbik party will be “trampling on the graves of Holocaust victims” by holding a rally at a former synagogue on Friday, a leading Jewish organisation says.

The rally in Esztergom, a city north of Budapest where the Jewish population was wiped out during the Holocaust, is part of Jobbik’s campaign ahead of national elections in April.

Hungary’s most prominent Jewish group, Mazsihisz, vowed to “physically hinder” and use “any tools to protest against the rally” if it is not banned.

The organisation sent a letter to Esztergom’s mayor stating their objections but have not received a reply.

European Jewish Congress President Dr Moshe Kantor said: “While the Nazis physically destroyed this community, its ideological descendants in Jobbik are destroying it once more with their intended rally. This rally will be literally and figuratively trampling on the graves of Holocaust victims.”

Dr Kantor called on the Hungarian government and local authorities to stop the rally at the former synagogue, which is now a community centre operated by the municipality.

The government said it would not comment on rallies held by political parties, adding that the local authority was responsible for the venue.

“Official parties have the right to hold rallies at venues where the owners of the venue allow them to,” a government statement said. “In this case, the community centre in Esztergom is owned by the municipality.”

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