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Report: Jewish Leader Attacked in Hungary

Just days before the country hosts the World Jewish Congress

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A Rally of Jobbik Supporters.(AFP)

Around this time last spring, James Kirchick wrote about the rise of Hungary’s far-right Jobbik Party, a fascist group that garnered 17% of the vote in the Hungarian elections and has been accused of fomenting hatred of Jews and Roma.

In the past year, more than a few incidents have increased fears about renascent anti-Semitism in the country. The choice of Hungary as host of the World Jewish Congress–to be held in the coming days–was a hopeful note along with last week’s march in support of Hungarian Jews, which brought out 10,000 participants.

Reuters is now reporting a very ugly incident involving the Jewish head of an anti-racism organization.

Ferenc Orosz, chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Association, told Reuters he was assaulted after arguing with a group of supporters chanting the Nazi slogan at a match between the Hungarian teams Videoton and Ferencvaros in Budapest on Sunday.

The campaign group was formed in tribute to Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg who saved the lives of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.

According to Orosz, before he was assaulted and had his nose broken, the crowd was chanting “Sieg Heil.” As it’s pretty well known, the Hungarian Jewish community was among the most decimated groups during World War II with 500,000 Jews reportedly killed.

Related: Meet Europe’s New Fascists [Tablet]
Racist Fans Attack Hungarian Activist Ahead of Jewish Congress [Reuters]

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Simon says:

Any idea what the flag is all about? Some kind of nationalist thing?

    The horizontal red and white stripes are the old Hungarian flag long identified with the far right, including the Arrow Cross fascists who murdered so many Jews in Hungary in 1944-45. The map on the flag shows Greater Hungary (1867-1919 Hungary) with the map of present Hungary inside it.)

Alexvizzio says:

You won´t find people willing to debate with you in a soccer match rally. It´s just…suicide.

The flag says “The present of the good lord: The lord blessed hungary.”

Bojames says:

Here is a radical idea. Every Hungarian Jew should emigrate to a more Jew friendly nation . Leave the Hungarians with what they think they want, a Jew free nation. They will then have to invent a new target of their racist hatred like some minor Christian sect. Then no Jew should step foot in Hungary again , ever. Do Jews really need Hungary? Some of my relatives left Hungary and never looked back. Let the Hungarians feed on themselves.

    Gypsies are the next group that would be targeted, without a doubt. Antiziganism is just as strong, if not stronger, than antisemitism in many parts of central and eastern Europe.

Joseph Jolton says:

Time to kick Hungary out of the EU until they get their act together.

    Null says:

    Good luck with that…lots of European countries have large, heavily antisemitic Muslim populations. None of them are going to annoy them to keep us happy, except maybe (ironically) the guilty Germans.

    time to take israel to international court and EU stop all trade with criminals from that country


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Report: Jewish Leader Attacked in Hungary

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