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    Hungarian Brownshirts



    Hungarian far right decries 'Israeli plot' before World Jewish Congress meeting
    By Reuters | May.05, 2013

    Leaders of a far-right Hungarian party Saturday accused Israelis of plotting to buy up the country, with several hundred nationalists protesting on the eve of Sunday's World Jewish Congress meeting in the Hungarian capital. Senior figures from the opposition Jobbik party, the third biggest with 43 seats in the 386-member parliament, harangued the crowd with charges that Israeli President Shimon Peres had praised Jews for buying property in Hungary. They said the WJC had decided to hold its four-yearly gathering in Budapest to shame the Hungarian people.

    Conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is due to address the WJC assembly's opening session this evening, had ordered that the rally be banned. However, a court ruled Friday that police had overstepped their authority in trying to block it. The WJC, which normally holds its worldwide assembly in Jerusalem, chose Hungary this time to highlight the rise of far-right groups and anti-Semitism in Europe. More than half a million Hungarian Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

    "The Israeli conquerors, these investors, should look for another country in the world for themselves because Hungary is not for sale," Jobbik chairman Gabor Vona told the rally, near the neo-Gothic parliament along the Danube River.
    "Our country has become subjugated to Zionism. It has become a target of colonization, while we, the indigenous people, can play only the role of extras," Marton Gyongyosi, a Jobbik member of parliament, told the crowd.The rally ended after almost two hours and the protesters dispersed without incident.

    WJC spokesman Michael Thaidigsmann said: "We find it a worrying sign that these people express their anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli ideology in such a public way." Some foreign Jews have made or planned investments in post-communist Hungary, including U.S. businessman Ronald Lauder, who is president of the WJC, but those are dwarfed by far larger deals from other European and American businesses. The charge, based on comments Peres made in 2007 about Israeli businesses abroad, has become a mantra in Jobbik's discourse about threats it says Hungary faces from Roma, Jews, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. "This kind of conspiracy theory has a long history in Hungary," said Peter Kreko, director of the Political Capital research and consulting company. Hungary's wartime fascist leaders used xenophobic charges to win support, he noted.

    Jobbik leaders occasionally issue provocative statements about Jews, such as a call by Gyongyosi last November to list all Jews in the government and parliament as potential national-security risks. He later apologized but did not resign. There are about 80,000-100,000 Jews among the 10 million population of Hungary, which was once a center of Jewish life in Europe and has seen a modest revival since communism ended in 1989.
    Source: Haaretz

    Young people in the crowd flourishing echoes of the 30's in modern Hungary. Simply astonishing.

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    Nationalism is mainstream in Hungary for a while. No surprises, nor something new.
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    I see a bit of a parallel here.

    A couple of decades ago, vocal people in the USA were hot and bothered when the Japanese started to buy extensive (and very expensive) U.S. real estate. It was some sort of "plot" to control US purse strings, etc. In the end, they took massive losses when they finally sold. And there was nothing nefarious going on, it was simply investment.

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    If I were Hungarian, I would let Satan himself buy into that moribund economy.

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