The flag burning incident took place on Friday at a rally outside the Foreign Ministry attended by around 100 people, to protest Israeli’s regime’s atrocities against the Palestinians in the occupied territories.The ministry condemned the protest, during which participants also shouted anti-Semitic slogans.
Budapest police said Balazs Lenhardt, an independent lawmaker formerly a member of the far-right ultra-nationalist ,Jobbik party, was released after being questioned Friday night.
In a similar incident in October, Jobbik members burned an Israeli flag in front of a major synagogue in the capital Budapest, calling on the government to cut diplomatic and economic ties with the Tel Aviv regime.
Lenhardt left Jobbik’s parliamentary faction in November, saying the party had lost its radical character since entering the legislature in 2010. He later was expelled from the party.
Jobbik leader Gabor Vona denounced Hungary’s cooperation with the Israeli regime and said any “agreement between Hungary and Israel should be canceled.”
Jobbik holds 47 parliamentary seats and has been against Israeli investment in Hungary. It also considers Israeli business as threatening for the country.
Two weeks ago, a Jobbik lawmaker called for Hungarian Jews to be screened for national security risks.