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Hungary Relives its Nazi PastTim King Salem-News.com
Today too many Hungarians are showing their racist teeth again.
(SALEM, Ore.) - As the world learns of a senseless murder at a museum commemorating the Holocaust in the U.S. capitol, recent European parliamentary elections are signaling a re-emergence of far-right groups in Europe who profess not only anti-Semitism, but an actual desire to wage war against Jewish and Gypsy people.
Hungary in particular, has been heavily criticized for backing anti-Semitic statements from a union that represents 10% of the country's police.
In the wake of those recent elections that saw far-right leadership move forward in both Hungary and Austria, the Anti-Defamation League said it was "deeply distressing" that the blatantly anti-Semitic parties received so many votes, and called on European leaders to ensure that "anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry never again gain a foothold in Europe."
The group says the right-wing ultranationalist party Jobbik of Hungary and the Freedom Party of Austria, received 15 percent and 13 percent, respectively, of the vote in their countries.
That means three of Hungary's 22 seats on the European Parliament will be held by Jobbik. That group's leader recently wrote to a Hungarian Jew, "We have raised our heads and refuse to tolerate the terror of your kind. We will recapture our homeland!"
The "Jobbik" (Movement for better Hungary) party is comprised of radical right wing Hungarians that support and even reportedly operates the extremist paramilitary movement "Hungarian Guard".
This is the Hungarian group that issues public statements warning against the "Gypsy crime". Local journalists say it amounts to an effort to terrorize Hungary's Gypsy and Jewish communities or any other religious or cultural groups that appear as a threat.
When Hitler prepared for and launched his campaign of genocidal extermination across Europe in the 1930's that came to be known as WWII, two of his main objectives were eliminating Jewish people and Gypsies.
As the Nazi SS troops carried out the mass murder of these innocent human beings, Hitler and his mixed up bag of allies waged war against everything in the world that was right, in the name of everything wrong.
The three primary nations of the "Axis" were Germany, Japan and Italy. But as the war progressed, others soon found their forces participating in the madness and the country at the top of that list is Hungary, followed by Romania.
Today too many Hungarians are showing their racist teeth again.
The right wing movement in Hungary is gaining ground and their official message to the nation is more than shocking, it's disgusting.
A quote that appeared in a newsletter published by Jobbik called "The trade union of Hungarian police officers prepared for action" is direct and to the point:
"Given our current situation, anti-Semitism is not just our right, but it is the duty of every Hungarian homeland lover, and we must prepare for armed battle against the Jews."
A Haaretz.com article by Yehuda Lahav in February, "Proud Hungarians must prepare for war against the Jews", explains that police are authorized under Hungarian law to organize in trade unions that protect the professional interests of union members.
The law does specify that the unions are not to partake in political activity, but it doesn't stop them from distributing newsletters. The hook is that according to current law, the content in the newsletter can be anything the editor alone deems worthy, solely at their own personal discretion.
The newsletter also stated, "A crumbling country, torn apart by Hungarian-Gypsy civil war, could easily be claimed by the rich Jews," and continued by saying, "That is why we should expect a Hungarian-Gypsy civil war, fomented by Jews as they rub their hands together with pleasure."
In words extremely and painfully reminiscent of the vulgar statements issued by the Nazi party, Jobbick is taking steps to ensure that their position as a racist group is well known. The Nazi party was defeated and literally decimated by allied forces during WWII. They operated on one of the most flawed and hateful philosophies in history.
Moreover, Hitler in the end was a rotten military strategist. His aggressive tactics failed to defend Germany from allied air attacks and the price paid by all is one that can never be tallied.
Judit Szima, the editor of the "prepared for action" union, also doubled as the union's secretary-general, and was the Jobbik candidate in the election for the European Union parliament.
While seemingly on a roll, gaining political muscle and momentum, Szima's racist statements proved to be too much, and the matter ended up recently in front of the Hungarian Justice Ministry.
Gábor Juhász says it is not the cooperation between a trade union and a party that is problematic, but rather “several statements in the cooperation agreement that are clearly geared to political mobilisation.”
János Lázár condemned the cooperation between the trade union and Jobbik, pointing out that the Constitution “strictly prohibits” the influence of party politics on state exercise of force.
At this point some light is finding its way into the room that is Hungary, a nation that languished under Communism but is also one of immense spirit, not tied to racism at all. It will benefit this eastern European country to pay close attention and make sure history is not allowed to repeat itself in the worst imaginable way.
We also should remember that in addition to the Jews and Gypsies, there were plenty of other targets for the Nazi's like professors, musicians, gay people, and countless other victims including massive amounts of Islamic people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
If Hungary does not get a grip on the hatred, then one can only wonder who or what their next target will be.
It is truly unfortunate that Israel, right, wrong or otherwise, has gained the number of world enemies it has. Israel's leaders should consider the ramifications of their military actions as they resound throughout the world. There is no reason that any group should ever be singled out and attacked verbally, physically or otherwise, because it is different. That includes everyone.
Special thanks to Yehuda Lahav for information in the article "Proud Hungarians must prepare for war against the Jews"
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor.
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