An anti-Zionist demonstration has been held in Budapest ahead of a meeting of the World Jewish Congress.
About 1,000 people attended the demonstration, which was organized by the anti-Zionist Jobbik party, in the Hungarian capital on Saturday.
Senior figures from the opposition Jobbik party condemned the decision to hold the fourteenth conference of the World Jewish Congress in Budapest, which is scheduled to kick off on Sunday.
“Israeli conquerors, investors, and expansionists should look for a country in another part of the world because Hungary is not for sale,” Jobbik party leader Gabor Vona said at the demonstration.
The event was held despite Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s efforts to ban it. Orban will be giving a speech at the opening session of the World Jewish Congress conference.
“Anyone who criticizes the policies of Israel or the spread of Zionism is labeled an anti-Semite so that the sins of Zionism can be covered up,” Hungarian MP Marton Gyongyosi told the protesters, adding,
“Our country has become subjugated to Zionism, it has become a target of colonization, while we, the indigenous people, can play only the role of extras,” Gyongyosi, who is also a member of Jobbik, said.