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Hungarian Parliamentarian Istvan Szavay has resigned his leadership position in the second-largest party in the government after media exposed a recording in which he was heard boasting about hurting a Jewish woman whom he called a “dirty Jew.”

Szavay is a parliamentary notary, member of Hungary’s extremist Jobbik party and its deputy group leader. The lawmaker has said he did not hit the woman, according to a report published in Hungary Today. He said the recording, allegedly made in May, was a “shameful joke.”


On the recording, the lawmaker was heard saying, “She was yelling, ‘Nazis are stinking here,’ and I just knocked her out, dirty Jew, pakk — just like that.”

The World Jewish Congress calls the Jobbik party “an extremist party promoting hate.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.