Central and Eastern Europe Tracker 28.11.12

Bulgaria:

On Islam: Bulgaria makes Muslim life harder. ‘A recent attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists is making the life of Bulgaria’s Muslims much harder and giving ammunition to far-right politicians to step up hostile sentiments against the sizable minority. “When things in the country do not go well, they try by creating ethnic tensions to divert attention from the real problems,” Said Mutlu, an imam in Sarnitsa lakeside town in Bulgaria’s remote south since 1998, told Reuters on Tuesday, November 27.’

Greece:

Ekathimerini: Far-right MP in hot water over threats. ‘The neofascist Golden Dawn faced fresh scrutiny on Monday after the party’s spokesman allegedly threatened the lives of anti-fascist protesters at a party gathering on the island of Crete on Sunday while another MP unfurled the flag used by the 1967-74 junta.’

Hungary:

Haaretz: Hungary far-right leader demands list of Jews posing ‘security risk’. ‘A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up lists of Jews who pose a “national security risk”, stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust. Marton Gyongyosi, a leader of Hungary’s third-strongest political party Jobbik, said the list was necessary because of heightened tensions following the brief conflict in Gaza and should include members of parliament.’

Washington Post: Far-right politician in Hungary denounced for anti-Semitic remarks in Parliament. ‘Lawmakers wore yellow stars and hundreds of protesters rallied on Tuesday to condemn a far-right politician who called for the screening of Jews for national security risks, part of a wave of incendiary racist comments from a populist party. Marton Gyongyosi, a Jobbik party deputy, on Monday criticized Hungary’s foreign ministry for what he said was siding with Israel and said the Middle East conflict presented an opportunity to carry out his plans for background checks.’

Russia:

Reuters: Hungarian Jews ask Russia to return looted scrolls. ‘Hungarian Jews have asked Russia to return scrolls and valuable religious items looted by Nazis and the Red Army in World War Two and their claim has been backed by the Budapest government.’

RT: Cossack vigilantes start patrolling Moscow streets.The Moscow authorities have introduced Cossacks to patrols the city streets, but the neighborhood watch lacks legal power and accountability [...] However, it will be up to the police to enforce the law as the Cossacks have no right to force anyone to do anything.’

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