BUDAPEST (AFP) - A far-right Hungarian member of parliament was arrested for setting fire to an Israeli flag at an anti-Jewish demonstration reportedly involving around 100 people, police said. “Police arrested the independent MP Balazs Lenhardt for burning an Israeli flag at a protest on Friday evening” in central Budapest, police said in a statement. The demonstration attracted around 100 people, some of whom shouted anti-Semitic slogans such as “Dirty Jews, send the Jews to Auschwitz” as the flag burned, several media reports said. The Hungarian foreign ministry condemned Lenhardt’s “unacceptable” actions, saying they were an incitement to racial hatred.

The Israeli embassy called on the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban to “take all necessary measures” to put an end to such “hostile, offensive” actions.

Lenhardt until recently was a member of the far-right Jobbik party but left because he said they were too moderate.

Another Jobbik MP, Marton Gyongyosi, sparked outrage in late November by calling in parliament for a “survey” in Hungary to identify “how many are of Jewish origin and present a certain national security risk to Hungary.”

Orban, who condemned Gyongyosi’s comments, has nevertheless been accused of presiding over a rise in anti-Semitism in the European Union member state.

In May, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel returned Hungary’s highest state honour because of what he called a “whitewashing” of history.