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August 04, 1995 - Image 68

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-08-04

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Budapest (JTA) — Hungarian
ultranationalist Istvan Csurka,
who in the past was ejected from
Parliament for his anti-Semitic
statements, reiterated some of
his sentiments at a recent public
commemoration in Budapest.
In the vicinity of Budapest's
Parliament building, a huge
crowd of nationalists gathered to
remember the 75th anniversary
of the signing of a treaty that led
to the loss of Hungarian territo-
ry.
In June 1920, a treaty was
signed in Trianon, France, which,
among other things, resulted in
the loss of two-thirds of Hungar-
ian territory.
Mr. Csurka, known for his
anti-Semitic diatribes and for an
anti- Semitic speech on the floor
of the Hungarian Parliament,
failed in a recent attempt at re-
election.
Before the 5,000 to 6,000 peo-
ple at the commemoration, Mr.
Csurka said that "the present po-
litical situation is equal to the
tragic event of the Trianon peace
treaty, which meant the death of
the Hungarian nation."
He added that all key political
positions are "held now by liber-
als, and while the number of
Hungarians is gradually dimin-
ishing, the number of the immi-
grant Jews, and the Russians,
and the Ukrainians are increas-
ing. ,
During his speech, Mr. Csur-
ka predicted that Hungary would
one day be inhabited only by Rus-
sians, Ukrainians, Jews and Gyp-
sies.
The ultranationalist has often
said that Jews run the country
and that they, along with Jews
around the world, seek to domi-
nate Hungary.
Mr. Czurka's Hungarian Truth
and Life Party is against Hun-
gary's membership in the Euro-
pean Union, which is a goal of the
liberal coalition now in power.
Relatedly, about 100 people
gathered recently to listen to Al-
bert Szabo, who oversees the or-
ganization of the neo-Nazi
followers of Ferenc Szalasi, the
Fascist leader of the Hungarian
Arrow Cross Party during the
1940s. Mr. Szalasi was executed
after World War II as a war crim-
inal.
Meanwhile, in the town of De-
brecen in northeastern Hungary,
skinheads recently held a meet-
ing to remember the treaty sign-
ing. One of those who spoke at
the event, Andras Ris, has been
charged in connection with the
February burning of Torah scrolls
in the Debrecen Synagogue.
According to some Jewish ac-
tivists and observers, it was not

a coincidence that the national-
istic commemorations took place
while Hungarian Prime Minister
Gyula Horn and his liberal team
were on their first official visit to
the United States.
One topic of discussion during
the trip was restitution for Hun-
garian Jews victimized during
World War II.
More than 100,000 Jews now
live in Hungary.

Judge Releases
Bombing Suspects

Buenos Aires (JTA) — An Ar-
gentine judge has released seven
Lebanese and Brazilian nation-
als who had been suspected of
links to the bombing of Jewish
buildings here.
The seven were extradited
fiom Paraguay in connection
with a separate investigation into
illegal stocks of weapons found
near Buenos Aires in April 1994.
Argentine officials had hoped
that the seven also would provide
information regarding last year's
terrorist bombing of the Jewish
community's headquarters here,
as well as the 1992 bombing of
the Israeli embassy.
Judge Roberto Marquevich
freed the seven suspects on July
27, after they underwent two
days of interrogation.
Mr. Marquevich, who report-
edly had based the extradition re-
quest on domestic and foreign
intelligence reports, said last
week the information he now had
was not sufficient to bring a ju-
dicial case. The suspects — six
Lebanese and one Brazilian —
were arrested in Paraguay in
February. After months of legal
wrangling, they were extradited
to Argentina on July 23 and held
at a military base outside Buenos
Aires.
Although three of the suspects
— Sergio Salem, Luis Nader and
Johnny Moraes Baalbek — ad-
mitted to having sympathies to-
ward the Islamic fundamentalist
Hezbollah movement, Marque-
vich said there was no basis to
sustain allegations that they
were part of a terrorist cell.
The Argentine government
has come under sharp criticism
for its handling of the investiga-
tions into the two bombings. The
July 18, 1994, bombing of the
Buenos Aires Jewish headquar-
ters killed 86 people and left at
least 300 wounded. The March
1992 bombing of the Israeli Em-
bassy in Buenos Aires claimed
the lives of 29 people and wound-
ed more than 100.
The government's investiga-
tions have yielded no arrests.

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