Hungarian-American journalist George Lazar (Lázár György), who regularly writes for Szombat and the Hungarian Free Press, has recently defended Hungarian opposition PM candidate Péter Márki-Zay on his public Facebook page.
Lazar shared a screenshot of the Times of Israel article of our very own László Bernát Veszprémy, stating that
“it didn’t take a long time for the propagandist of the Orbán-regime to say that Márki-Zay was homophobic and antisemitic. Orbán and his ilk are afraid… with a good reason”.
Defending Márki-Zay’s antisemitism
Here Lazar claims that uncovering Márki-Zay’s homophobic and antisemitic statements is “propaganda”.
He did not reflect upon the fact that Márki-Zay
- has shared antisemitic images of Viktor Orbán standing in front of a Menorah on his Facebook page,
- enjoys support from the neo-Nazi Hungarian activist Barna Csibi,
- has expressed his own support for known antisemites such as Lajos Rig and László Bíró,
- has claimed that “half the Hungarian government is gay” and called for such people to come forward.
George Lazar: a career full of errors
This is not the first time Lazar has made controversial or erroneous statements.
Lazar had made a series of embarrassing mistakes in his writings on Hungarian Holocaust history in the past.
In a 2017 article he erroneously claimed that the Újvidék pogrom of 1942 actually happened in 1921.
In a 2017 article he mistakenly claimed that the Budapest ghetto of 1944-1945 was set up in 1943, one year before the German occupation of Hungary.
In a recent, 2021 article, Lazar praised Catholic poet Sándor Sík, who in 1919 wrote a poem dedicated to the fascist organisation Ébredő Magyarok, in which he praised “blood purity”.
Lazar has also written an article for Szombat on 26th November 2017, where he claimed that the relationship between Donald Trump and Israel had gone sour. This was only 2 weeks before the USA moved its embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.
Pictured is George Lazar. Source: Facebook