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Hungarian MP Lenhardt Balazs Burning an Israeli Flag.

A few weeks ago there was a call in the Hungarian parliament for Jews to be screened to assess whether they are a national security risk.  This past weekend, a member of the Hungarian government burned an Israeli flag during an anti-Israel protest outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

That lawmaker, Lenhardt Balazs, is currently unaffiliated with any party, but he used to be member of the far-right Jobbik (Movement for a Better Hungary) party.  Jobbik opposes any relationship between the Hungarian government and the State of Israel.  The Jobbik party holds 47 seats in the Hungarian Parliament.

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In October, members of the Jobbik  party torched an Israeli flag in front of a major synagogue in Budapest. That same month a leader of the Hungarian Jewish community was attacked, and in June, a Hungarian rabbi was accosted on a street in Budapest by a man who told him he “hates all Jews.”

Balazs, 37, left the Jobbik party in November, disgusted because it had become less radical over the two years he had been a member.   After his arrest and questioning following the Israeli flag burning and anti-Israel demonstration on Friday, Balazs was released.

The demonstration had been called to protest Israeli “atrocities” against the Arab Palestinians.  According to several reports, anti-Semitic slogans, such as “filthy Jews,” and “to Auschwitz with all of you!” were shouted during the demonstration.  Approximately 100 people attended the event.

Balazs posted several pictures of himself burning the Israeli flag on his Facebook page, where he wrote that “It is important to destroy the symbols of the enemy.”

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

23 COMMENTS

  1. Unfortunately, ignorance never dies out. It's loke the cockroach. At the end of time when all humanity has died out for whatever reason (disease, famine, nuclear fallout, G-d), the cockroach will still be around because it's too ignorant to die!!!!

  2. Those hungarians doing it in hope to awake alive their good nazi-times, are aware of the increasing islamo-fascistic tendencies among the sleeping old and new nazis hiding behind, for the time being, the EU' policy which is becoming more gemanized dictatorship. already mirroring a new times old german reich-order united with islamic caliphat Turkey builds up. This is thoose murderous hungarians Hungarian Dream as well. Only if the old good time come back….

  3. We need to remember, if all else fails – Blame the Jews! Hungary was on the losing side in both world wars. As a result, they lost about 2/3 of their territory and, of course, they have to blame somebody for their national disaster/folly. Can Balazs explain the sheer stupidity of siding with germany and establishing the pro-nazi, rabidly anti-semitic, nyilas government well into 1944 when any rational person already knew that the germans were losing the war and it was only a matter of a few months that the mighty red army will be marching into berlin? Naw, don't hold your breath, it is much easier for him not to exercise his pea- sized brain and just blame all the ills of his country on who else, but the Jews!

  4. YOU KNOW, IF I WERE ONE OF THE MULTITUDE OF ETHNIC GROUPS/COUNTRIES THAT HAVE CRIED FOUL OVER THE CENTURIES BECAUSE OF THE JEWS, I'D BE ASHAMED. FOR PEOPLE THAT DON'T KNOW ANY BETTER, IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THE SMALL (RELATIVELY SPEAKING) JEWISH POPULATION/STATE HAS EVIDENTLY BEEN ABLE TO BRING RUIN, SHAME AND DEPRIVATION UPON UNTOLD MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. AT LEAST TO HEAR THE NAZIS, MUSLEMS, RUSSIANS, ETC., TELL IT. THE JEWS, ACCORDING TO THESE VITROLIC ATTACKS FROM ETHNIC GROUPS THAT APPARENTLY HAVE A FAMILY TREE THAT DOES NOT BRANCH , ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING FROM THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE TO THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE AND RESULTING TSUNAMI THAT DEVASTED JAPAN. IF THIS SMALL NATION/GROUP OF PEOPLE ARE SO POWERFUL, I'D BE AFRAID TO PISS THEM OFF TOO MUCH MORE.

  5. Such expressing of a freedom of speach and exercising the liberties-we're it possible in "communist" Hungary following Moscow lead of no diplomatic relations with Israel during 25 years?
    Hardly they could find a flag of the Jewish State then.

  6. The hate of the government and te people will backfire , on their own people, because hate is contaigaous and it leads to disaster, so watch for your children and your next generation who never new love but hate.

  7. Egyetlen ország, még Irán, sértegetés a memória a holokauszt több mint Magyarország.
    Magyarország lehetővé teszi, hogy Lazlo Czatary, a legrosszabb náci a mai világban, aki meggyilkolt több mint 15.000 férfiak, nők és gyerekek csak azért, mert zsidók voltak, élni.
    kényelmesen lakásában Budapesten, ahelyett, hogy őt tárgyalás.

    No country, even Iran, insults the memory of the Holocaust more than Hungary.
    Hungary allows Lazlo Czatary, the worst Nazi in the world today, who murdered more than 15,000 men, women, and children only because they were Jews, to live.
    comfortably in his apartment in Budapest, instead of taking him to trial.

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