A Jewish leader in the east Hungarian city of Debrecen has protested against a remark by a radical nationalist Jobbik politician suggestive of Holocaust denial.
Tibor Agoston, a local lawmaker who is also the deputy chairman of Jobbik’s Debrecen and Hajdu-Bihar County organisations, referred at a public event earlier in the week to the “Holoscam”.
Tamas Horovitz, chairman of the Debrecen Jewish Congregation, said in a statement that he found Agoston’s words “revolting”, adding that he had filed a report with the police on the ground of Holocaust denial.
The E-PM electoral alliance also condemned the Jobbik politician and similarly filed a report with the police.
The Jobbik party said in a statement on Thursday that it condemned all types of genocide and bowed its head to all innocent victims, but at the same time it regretted that “a section of the Hungarian Jewish community does not simply want to commemorate the Holocaust but use it for its own material and political goals, too.”
Agoston said in a separate statement that the Jobbik statement chimed with his own opinion.