For those who don’t know, far-right political wunderkind Csanad Szegedi had discovered his Jewish ancestry and attempted to bribe those who knew about it – according to several Hungarian media reports. Jobbik party leaders called on Szegedi to return his seat in the European Parliament, which he refused, saying the leaked audio recording on which he is heard doing so is fake.
This time Szegedi made headlines by embracing his Jewish heritage and visiting Hungary’s Chief Rabbi (of EMIH) Slomo Koves. He apologized for making remarks offensive to the Jewish comunity, according to Nepszabadsag, and pledged to visit the concentration camps of Auschwitz to show his commitment.
Rabbi Slomo commented he “hopes Szegedi will be able to make ammends for the past few years,” adding that his duties are now to embrace his roots and work for his new-found community.
Jobbik officials have repeatedly stressed – Szegedi’s excommunication is due to his alleged bribery attempts and not his Jewish heritage. Despite this, Vice-president Elod Novak told HirTV that Szegedi would not have been permitted to become Vice-president of the party, if they had know about his Jewish identity.