Canada grants asylum to anti-Hungarian Jewish writer

Canada granted political asylum to writer Ákos Kertész. ( Ákos Kertész is not to be mixed with  writer Imre Kertész. The latter Kertész got a literary Nobel prize for his Holocaust piece “Sorstalanság”/Fatelessness,  while the former Kertész got “only” the highest award of Hungary, that is the Kossuth Prize).

So Ákos Kertész will never return to Hungary and “good riddance!” is really the best response I can think of.  But then let’s see whom Canada rewarded in such a way and what  message this sends to Hungary and Hungarians.

Kertész wrote this verbatim in the US weekly Amerikai Népszava on the 29th August 29, 2011:  “Hungarians are genetically subservient”. He also claimed that “now only the Hungarians can be blamed for the Holocaust as the Hungarian nation remained the only one which, unlike the Germans, had failed to admit, confess and repent for their sins”. He also likened Hungarians to pigs who “like to wallow in the mud, happily grunting and guzzling swill, without worrying about the butcher who will soon slit their throats.”

Kertész was  repeatedly called on  to apologize for a long time but he defied all these requests.  There was a lengthy debate on the so-called Left how Kertész  could possibly mean “genetically subservient” in a non-racist way, the semantics of the word “genetically”,  how this could be interpreted in some other way than what it means and why Hungarians are genetically subservient indeed just like Kertész put it, etc.  Though many of his “left-wing” comrades stood by Kertész, as one could really expect them to, still  some of them, e.g. Ákos Mesterházy, the editor-in-chief of far-left-(liberal) weekly 168 Óra,  also said straight away this statement of Kertész  simply cannot be defended, “the writing is ghastly” and  Kertész had  better  apologize.

In the end, after several weeks of heated  discussions, Kertész eventually issued  a statement: “Correctly there doesn’t exist such a sentence (that Hungarians are genetically subservient)”.  Yes,  this is what he considered as an apology.   However Hungarians didn’t think so.  The Budapest City Council  stripped Kertész of his honorary Budapest citizenship a few months later.  There were also demands to strip him of the Kossuth Prize but unfortunately this did not happen.    I guess it’s not a big surprise that the international media echoed  Kertész : “ they launched a witch hunt against me and they fuel the extremists” and that “I’ve been subject to constant harassment and threats; I was attacked in the street and my life was in jeopardy.”   Soon Kertész left for Canada and he applied for political asylum.

After this decision of the Canadian authorities, the issue is not the rabid anti-Hungarian stance of some Jewish writer and his cohorts.  The issue is that Canada condones this.

Now I do wonder how the Canadians would take that if a notable, decorated Canadian writer wrote, say, “Canadians are genetically inferior” and then if he insisted on that.  Would  they get upset at him?  If yes then what would Canadians think in the hypothetical case this writer would flee to Hungary and then  Hungary would grant political asylum to him?

UPDATE:

Canada has not confirmed yet since last week if they provided asylum to Kertesz indeed.    “We are not going to summon Canada’s ambassador merely based on the words of Ákos Kertész”, Hungarian Foreign Ministry spokesman Gábor Kalota said.

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  1. I wonder what were the grounds of the granting of asylum?
    Are we Hungarians bloodthirsty Jewish hunters, requiring them to report to the nearest train station with all of their belongings and a yellow David star?

    If that is the case, why is it a single guy who gets refuge and asylum from Hungary?
    Could it have been something he wrote about Hungarians?
    Stuff like Hungarians are eating pig food?
    This asylum and the Canadian logic really puzzles me….

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  2. Angela Bogaczy

     /  15/11/2013

    Super summary of this farce, Leto! ‘I was attacked in the street and my life was in jeopardy.’ I wish I could remember the source of this story: Akos Kertesz claimed that he was chased in the street by people who meant to harm him, but he managed to outrun them. Someone commented that those people must have been older octogenarians than he is. I wonder if the old devil regaled the Canadians with this tale. Anyway, good riddance (salut Leto!), and well done the Canadians, so long as they are not thinking of sending their own bad eggs to seek asylum in Hungary.

    And: the Kossuth Prize was instituted by the execrable, fat, bullet-headed, slack-jawed, pork-jowls-gnome, the vicious, mass-murdering rabid mongrel Rakosi. Is it not time that this gravy-train, too often swilled at by parasites like Akos Kertesz, is derailed once and for all?

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  3. olga

     /  15/11/2013

    Hopefully Canadians would know the poor man was suffering from dementia when he uttered such nonsense and would ignore his ramblings.

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    • Well, I’m afraid the problem isn’t anymore what this “refugee” said. The problem now is that Canada’s granting him an asylum amounts to a kind of official Canadian consent to what he said.

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    • Justasking

       /  15/11/2013

      The only way that he’d be able to stay in Canada, at his age, is through full sponsorship, so as not to be a burden on the Canadian tax payer. So, did he in fact get full blown asylum or just special status?

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      • Angela Bogaczy

         /  16/11/2013

        Excellent point! I’ve just wasted almost an hour on scouring the web for news on Akos Kertesz’s ‘asylum’, and found nothing anywhere in the mainstream English-language press. If the ‘asylum’ claim were well founded, that press would be bellowing ‘antisemitism’ at Hungary loud enough to give us tinnitus. It seems that the no-account rag, Amerikai Nepszava, broke the ‘news’, and its source was Akos Kertesz himself! Only a clutch of other no-account rags are running with the ‘asylum’ story. So when is a grant of asylum not newsworthy? When it is not a grant of asylum at all?

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      • justasking67

         /  18/11/2013

        Hi Angela,

        I’m not sure about how or if the old turd got full papers. Truth be told, I really don’t care. As long as he doesn’t cost me (a Hungarian Canadian) on red cent…let him expire here in Canada. Actually, it might be fitting…him now living in a country, where the only people who care to hear what he has to say, are his sponsors!

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        • Hello JA,

          Sorry to hear your “original handle” is taken. Anyway, hopefully uploading your avatar pic won’t be a problem.

          Re: this old turd, I’m afraid your optimism regarding his becoming an obscure nobody is not quite well-established. He’s still being used as a political tool against “dictatorial, anti-Semitic” Hungary and I expect he’ll continue to be portrayed as a victim of rabid anti-Semitism in Hungary:

          http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/11/18/a-far-right-turn/

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      • Angela Bogaczy

         /  19/11/2013

        ‘the old turd’: Nice one, justasking!

        ‘I expect he’ll continue to be portrayed as a victim of rabid anti-Semitism in Hungary’. Leto, note that the mainstream foreign media have not picked it up. Only nothing-sites are pushing it. The old turd’s outrageously rude doggerel has stymied him somewhat: It left him without scope for persuasive poor-innocent status.

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