Outrage over Jobbik demand for list of Jewish MPs, officials

A leading member of Jobbik has expressed regret in the wake of a statement he made Monday saying that a list should be complied of Jews in government and parliament, informs. Márton Gyöngyösi, the deputy group leader of the radical-nationalist party, said before regular business in Parliament on Monday that government officials and parliamentarians of Jewish origin had unduly influenced Hungary’s policy towards the current situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip. “It is high time to assess many MPs and government members are of Jewish origin and who present a national security risk to Hungary,” Gyöngyösi said, adding that the country’s foreign ministry had “rushed to make an oath of allegiance to Israel.” The office of the government’s spokesman released a statement on Tuesday saying that the government “takes the strictest possible action against every form of racism and anti-Semitic behaviour and does everything in order to ensure that malicious voices incompatible with European norms are driven back.” Foreign ministry state secretary Zsolt Németh denied that there was any connection between the government’s policy towards the current situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip is in any way related to the number of Hungarian officials of Jewish origin. Gyöngyösi on Tuesday said regretted making the remark, saying it applied only to those who hold dual Hungarian-Israeli citizenship, while criticizing the press for attacking Jobbik instead of Israel.

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