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Wiesenthal Center Denounces Call by Anti-Semitic Hungarian MP for Registration of Jewish Members of Parliament and Government Officials

November 27, 2012

Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today harshly denounced the call yesterday by Hungarian MP Marton Gyöngyösi, foreign affairs spokesperson for the anti-Semitic and anti-Roma party Jobbik, for the government to create a registry of Jewish members of parliament and government officials because such persons constitute a national security risk.

In a statement issued here today by its chief Nazi-hunter, Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center condemned the statement by Gyöngyösi as something "sadly reminiscent of the genocidal Nazi regime which murdered hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews with the help of numerous local collaborators."
According to Zuroff:

"The fact that after making such a demand in the Hungarian Parliament Gyöngyösi has not been forced to resign, is a sad commentary on the current rise of anti-Semitism in Hungary, which is being propagated primarily by the Jobbik party, the heirs of the fascist Arrow Cross. Today's condemnation of the statement by the government is welcome, but the total silence yesterday and the fact that the perpetrator of anti-Semitic incitement will apparently pay no price for his demagoguery will only encourage Jobbik to continue their campaigns of hatred against Hungarian Jews and Roma."

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO).

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