The city council of Eger (NE) has decided to dismiss from her post the head of the local council’s cultural committee, Mrs Laszlo Orosz, who was accused of involvement in racial discrimination targeting a Hungarian actor. The council acted on the advice of Laszlo Habis, the local mayor.
Orosz, a delegate of the ruling Fidesz party, will have her committee membership withdrawn, too.
In early May, Israeli Ambassador Ilan Mor cancelled a planned visit to Eger after he listened to a tape recording which allegedly showed that actor Jozsef Szekhelyi had been prevented from appearing on stage in the city because he was Jewish.
According to earlier reports of online news portal stop.hu, a recording made at the September 21 meeting of the Eger local council’s cultural and tourism committee included a remark according to which Szekhelyi had been called “a stinky Jew who belonged to the Alliance of Free Democrats” and therefore he was an unwelcome person in Eger.
According to the minutes of the meeting also acquired by stop.hu, Orosz said that many local residents had criticised a planned performance by Szekhelyi. In reaction to this, the director of the organiser House of Arts asked another Fidesz-Christian Democrat representative, Antal Csakvari, to prepare a list of unwelcome performance artists in Eger, the portal said.
Habis has apologised to Szekhelyi in person and met the Israeli ambassador over the matter.