Csanád Szegedi in 2009
September 22, 1982 |
|Alma mater||Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary|
|Political party||Jobbik (2003-2012)|
Katalin Molnár (Meisels)
Csanád Szegedi (born 22 September 1982) is a Hungarian politician and elected Member of the European Parliament. He was a member of the Hungarian radical nationalist Jobbik political party between 2003 and 2012, which has been accused of anti-Semitism. In 2012, Szegedi gained international attention after acknowledging that he had Jewish roots. He was also accused of previous bribery to try to keep that revelation a secret, and subsequently resigned from all Jobbik political posts.
Prior to the revelation of Szegedi's partial Jewish origin, Szegedi was notorious for his incendiary comments about Jews. In 2007, he was a founding member of the Hungarian Guard, a group with black uniforms and striped flags reminiscent of the Arrow Cross, a pro-Nazi party during WWII. The Hungarian Guard was banned in 2009, at which time Szegedi joined the Jobbik party, the country's biggest far-right political force. Since 2009, he has served in the European Parliament in Brussels.
In June 2012, Szegedi revealed that he had recently learned that his grandparents on his mother's side were Jewish: his maternal grandmother survived the Auschwitz concentration camp, and his maternal grandfather was a veteran of forced labor camps. Under Jewish law this makes Szegedi a Jew. Szegedi was raised Hungarian Reformed and did not initially practice the Jewish religion. Szegedi said he had defined himself as someone with "ancestry of Jewish origin — because I declare myself 100 percent Hungarian."
Szegedi has since undertaken to live as a practicing Jew, observing the Sabbath and attending synagogue.
A documentary film is being produced about his journey from Neo-Nazi to Orthodox Jew. 
His political views have often been described as consisting of anti-EU, anti-Roma, and anti-Semitic characteristics by different press outlets. As an active Member of the European Parliament openly advocates leaving the European Union and establishing a "new Turanian alliance" with Central Asian states as a supporter of Hungarian Turanism. Szegedi paid from the European Parliament budget three men – Előd Novák, Balázs Molnár and Roland Kürk – who according to Tamás Polgár, better known as Tomcat, were members of the editorial board of the kuruc.info, a racist website associated with Jobbik. All three received their salaries as "local assistants" to the member of parliament. Szegedi is also propagator of the Old Hungarian script.
Resignation from all posts in Jobbik
On 28 July 2012, Szegedi released a statement to the press, which was reproduced on his party's website that he had with immediate effect resigned from all the various positions still held in Jobbik. Szegedi expressed his wish to remain a Member of the European Parliament.
The Jobbik statement confirmed that the news of his mother's Jewish ancestry "did not pose any threat to his positions in the party."
The Jobbik statement went on to say that "Last week, in July, media reported that the MEP [Szegedi] had known about his origin for longer than he previously stated. Allegedly, in 2010, the MEP tried to stop news published about his origin by offering money [bribe], which the MEP categorically denies. This prompted Jobbik vice-president Elod Novak to call for Szegedi's full resignation, describing the MEP's actions as a 'spiral of lies'." Jobbik says its issue is the suspected bribery, not his Jewish roots.
Jobbik is expected to release a statement on Monday August 6, 2012, regarding the issue of resignation and Szegedi's possible recall from the European Parliament.
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