Wiesenthal Center Expresses Grave Concern at Jobbik Gains in Hungarian Municipal Elections

October 20, 2014

Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today expressed grave concern at the electoral gains made by the ultranationalist Hungarian Jobbik party in last week's nationwide municipal elections. In a statement issued here today by Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper and its Israel director and chief Nazi-hunter, Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center emphasized that Jobbik's gains in the election made it, for the first time, the country's second-largest party, a shocking result given its blatantly anti-Roma and anti-Semitic agenda.

According to Cooper and Zuroff:

"The rise of Jobbik, which openly promotes ethnic hatred and anti-Semitism, is a warning signal for the entire European Union, which has hitherto failed to take the necessary measures to combat the spread of right-wing extremism in post-Communist Eastern Europe. In addition, Jobbik's ascent to increased political power will have a profoundly negative impact on Hungary's relations with the United States and its already-tarnished image as a flawed democracy."

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