Jewish violence in Hungary?

According to the Jerusalem Post,  the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz) “may send people to physically prevent” members of the nationalist far-right Jobbik party from holding an (undoubtedly provocative) rally at a former synagogue next Friday.

While the local Jewish community has called upon Esztergom Mayor Éva Tétényi to prohibit the gathering, it is also preparing itself for a physical confrontation, Mazsihisz president András Heisler told the Post.
“In case this [gathering] will not be prohibited, the Mazsihisz and Jewish civil organizations will protest and physically hinder the Jobbik rally on the spot,” Heisler wrote in an email.
Mazsihisz has previously indicated a willingness to use physical force, if necessary, to combat rising anti-Semitism.
During an interview last June, Mazsihisz executive director Gusztáv Zoltai told the Post that “until this moment, we have [had] verbal attacks so we strike back with words, but we have more than words.
“We are strong, and if we have to, we will strike back,” he said at the time.

Did Gusztáv Zoltai hint at his AK-47 assault rifle perhaps which he used as a Communist militiaman assisting the Soviet troops to crush the Hungarian revolution in 1956?  Or did he mean Mossad, the Israeli secret service infamous for its clandestine operations in other countries?

So are the Mazsihisz men going to attack the Jobbik-rally? Has the Hungarian police allowed the rally to be held? Was there a court appeal by Mazsihisz? What was the court sentence? Unless there is a legally binding court decision to ban the Jobbik rally, the police’s job is to protect their rally and to remove all those who want to “physically hinder” the rally.  It really sounds like Mazsihisz thinks they are above the law…  But they are very wrong about this indeed.

The Mazsihisz executive director in the uniform he may long for

This is not the only sign now that certain  Jews may want to resort to violence in Hungary though. American Nepszava online, the Internet site where Jewish writer Ákos Kertész called Hungarians   “genetically inferior” and “pigs wallowing in the mud, happily grunting and guzzling swill”,  published an anonymous article which urges that  a planned memorial to WWII German occupation in Budapest should be blown up, Magyar Nemzet reported.   The Foreign Ministry of Hungary has sent a letter to the US embassy which said that the article conveyed extremist views and incited criminal behaviour. The ministry also has asked the US embassy to take steps, according to the US legal system, against the news portal which is registered in the United States, “similarly like we repeatedly asked to in the case of kuruc.info” (which is an extremist, racist far-right site also registered in the US)

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  1. Angela Bogaczy

     /  07/02/2014

    ‘Gusztáv Zoltai told the Post that “until this moment, we have [had] verbal attacks so we strike back with words, but we have more than words.
    “We are strong, and if we have to, we will strike back,” he said at the time.

    Did Gusztáv Zoltai hint at his AK-47 assault rifle perhaps which he used as a Communist militiaman assisting the Soviet troops to crush the Hungarian revolution in 1956? Or did he mean Mossad, the Israeli secret service infamous for its clandestine operations in other countries?’

    This sinister threat quite froze my blood. I immediately thought of the claim by several demonstrators protesting the strategically-leaked admission to reckless and continuous lying by then-PM Gyurcsány. During the vicious attack by police on the demonstrators, people reported hearing ‘Hungarian’ police speaking in Hebrew.

    I am reminded also of the incident in the run-up to the 2010 elections: A burley Jewish adult male (40-ish) slapped a 12-year-old Hungarian girl across the face so hard that he split the child’s lip. The child’s ‘offence’? She was wearing on her lapel a kokárda (a rucked fabric rosette of red-white-and-green rows that has been a symbol of Hungarian nationhood since the time of King Mátyás). The man was not even charged, despite the unequivocally criminal nature of this act. (Imagine what would have happened if the assaulted child had been a Jewish child, and the assailant an adult Hungarian male!)

    Leto, I sincerely hope you are right when you say this: ‘It really sounds like Mazsihisz thinks they are above the law… But they are very wrong about this indeed.’ I am not nearly as convinced as you are. After all, nothing seems to have happened to Gusztáv Zoltai since he issued this dastardly, also criminal, threat.

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    • “since he issued this dastardly, also criminal, threat.”

      Having read the Jerusalem Post, I’m under the impression that his words may not reach the level when a criminal investigation could be launched with a high probability of success. An acquittal would be a lot worse than not taking action against him.

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      • Angela Bogaczy

         /  08/02/2014

        You are probably right. Even so, this chap has made a threat of violence (‘we will strike back .., we have more than words … we are strong’) albeit in suggestive rather than explicit terms. Even a covert threat of violence displays an intention to intimidate, and that is a crime, as much at civil law as at common law. The police should at least interview him, and caution him against further attempts to intimidate.

        (By the way, I mis-dated the kokárda/child slapping incident I referred to above. I’ve just found my record of it. It happened on 15 March, 2006. Here is an account of it: http://alfahir.hu/node/9541 .)

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