Israel envoy urges Hungary probe over effigy `hanging` stunt

Israel`s ambassador to Hungary demanded a government enquiry on Tuesday into a public hanging of effigies of Israeli leaders staged by a town mayor linked to the far-right Jobbik party. 

Budapest: Israel`s ambassador to Hungary demanded a government enquiry on Tuesday into a public hanging of effigies of Israeli leaders staged by a town mayor linked to the far-right Jobbik party. 

Mihaly Zoltan Orosz, mayor of Erpatak, was filmed ordering the hanging of effigies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former president Shimon Peres in protest against the Gaza conflict on Sunday.

"Israel`s leadership is in the service of the Antichrist," Orosz can be heard telling onlookers in a video available online.
"The government of Hungary must act now in order to stop these very dangerous acts," Ilan Mor, Israel`s envoy to Budapest, said in a statement.

"I am sure that an investigation into this issue will start as soon as possible," he added.

Hungary`s foreign ministry condemned the incident in a statement on Monday, accusing the mayor of using the Gaza conflict "to incite hatred".
Although not a Jobbik member, Orosz, mayor of the town of Erpatak since 2005, is closely associated to Hungary`s third largest party, which is often accused of anti-Semitism. 

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