Statement of Jobbik against accusations re Breivik-case



In recent times the international press published an increasing number of unjustified attacks against the Hungarian Jobbik Movement for a Better Hungary – a young patriotic parliamentary party currently representing the third largest political force in Hungary, which gained 18 percent support of the Hungarian electorate in last year’s national parliamentary elections and sent three members to the European Parliament in 2009.  It is an unfortunate development that the lies of the Western press are occasionally uncritically echoed by the press of Turkey, as well as other countries that occupy a unique position in the foreign policy strategy of our party.

The most recent accusations of the Western press against Jobbik was on the apropos of the brutal Breivik-messacre in Norway, hinting at a mysterious connection between Breivik’s ideology and that of Jobbik. These lies were based on the single fact that Breivik mentioned in his 1,500 page diary radical movements in Hungary that he knew of – amongst them Jobbik. The media was silent about the fact that Breivik in reality heavily criticized Jobbik for not being anti-Islamic.  

On the contrary to the anti-Islamic, xenophobic ideology shared by the vast majority of the Western European extremist right-wing movements, Jobbik has for years – even declared in its electoral programme – pursued a foreign policy strategy based on the “Eastern turn” of Hungary. As a nationalist-patriotic party, Jobbik recognizes that Hungarians are the sole European nation with Asian roots and emphasizes the importance of brotherly ties with Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazahstan and other Turkic nations. Thus for Jobbik nationalism essentially entails Pan-Turanism. Leaders of the party, Mr. Gábor Vona president and parliamentary fraction-leader, Mr. Csanád Szegedi vice-president and MEP, and myself as the leader of foreign affairs in Jobbik have on several occasions declared openly our support for a Pan-Turanian co-operation.

Furthermore, Jobbik MP’s act as chairman for the following friendship groups of the Inter-parliamentary Union: Hungarian-Turkish, Hungarian-Azerbaijani and Hungarian-Persian. Not only are these friendship groups amongst the most popular with Jobbik MP’s but also there is a clear majority of our party in these groups.

Jobbik’s devotion to the cause of Pan-Turanism is not only politically motivated, but also by a spiritual-emotional attachment to the brotherly nations of the East: it is not by calculation or coincidence that leading Jobbik MP’s delivered major political speeches in the Hungarian parliament on the occasion of the attack of the Turkish Mavi Marmara fleet on 31 May, 2010 and organized a candle-lit sympathy demonstration in front of the Turkish Embassy in Budapest; or that Jobbik MP’s submitted a draft resolution to Hungarian parliament demanding the condemnation of the Armenian aggression in Nagorno-Karabah or requesting the lifting of the political-economic embargo against Northern-Cyprus by the international community.

As concerns Jobbik’s position on Islam, the words of Gábor Vona – quoted from the official weekly of Jobbik, Barikád (edition published on 9 December, 2010) – should provide guidance: “... today the Islam civilisation remains the last bastion of the traditional culture of humanity. It’s success or failure is relevant for me ... from the perspective of humanity.  If the Islam fails, the light goes out for good and nothing remains to counter the darkness of globalisation”. Also, as the latest Hungarian interpretation of the Holy Koran was published in January 2011, Jobbik was the only political party to take part officially in the ceremony organized by the Hanif Foundation.

Consequently, it should be clear to any objective observer that Jobbik has no common ground with the extreme right-wing parties of Western-Europe, which have a declared anti-Islamic – and as evidenced by the Breivik-case, a strong pro-Zionist – leaning.               

The malicious attempts to discredit Jobbik are by no means new. In recent months Jobbik was much criticised in the domestic and international press, labelled a ‘fascist and extremist’ organization just because it drew attention to the ineptness of the Hungarian government and police to restore law and order in the Hungarian village of Gyöngyöspata and defend the Hungarian population from rampant Gypsy-related crime. The domestic and Western mainstream media accused the Jobbik-affiliated Magyar Gárda functioning as an officially recognized civilian guards-group for ‘inciting racist hatred’ in the community between Hungarians and Gypsies, while the activity of these organizations received wide-spread recognition amongst the local population. A clear evidence of this recognition is that the candidate of Jobbik won by a landslide the local elections held in Gyöngyöspata on 24 July, amidst unusually high electoral turnout. Frequent reference of Western and domestic liberals to Magyar Gárda as a ‘paramilitary organization’ is a sheer lie: it never carried any weapons, nor did it commit any violent action. It’s objective is to restore law, order and public security in Hungary.



MP, Jobbik Movement for a Better Hungary      


Budapest – 2 August, 2011