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Saturday, 24 September 2016
Former 'anti-Semitic politician' from Hungary moves to Israel after discovering he's Jewish
Csanad Szegedi says he now wants to contribute to the fight against anti-Semitism
Csanad Szegedi, pictured at a rally in Budapest in 2012, has renounced all links to the far-right party AFP/Getty Images
Mr Szegedi, who had previously claimed Jewish people were “buying up the country”, said: “Israel is an amazing country, and I believe that every Jew who lives in the Diaspora seriously considers making aliya (emigrating) to Israel, at least once in his life.
“There are many more positive elements than negative elements in being a Jew, and the biggest gift for any Jew is the existence of the State of Israel.
He refused to rule out participating in Israeli politics saying he followed it “closely” and had the “political bug” but had not joined any political party yet.
He said: “Right now, I am acting in the arena that I am familiar with, Hungary and Europe, in order to raise awareness on the issue of anti-Semitism and to work for the betterment of Israel, as a sort of compensation for the past.
“However, I have a lot of years of experience in politics and I would be happy to contribute my experience to Zionist organizations in Israel as well.”
The group, which was banned by the courts in 2009, formed in 2007 and wore black uniforms with striped flags recalling the Arrow Cross - a pro-Nazi party which governed the country during the Second World War.
Mr Szegedi, who was raised as a Christian, spoke of his shock when he was confronted about his origins in 2010.
He initially tried to cover it up but later said he had spoken to his grandmother about her experiences and realised the Holocaust had actually happened.
He said: “It was then that it dawned on me that my grandmother really is Jewish
“I asked her how the deportations happened. She was in Auschwitz and Dachau and she was the only survivor of an extended family.”