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Thursday, January 20, 2022 

Hungary's premier is opposed to antisemitism

Hungary's state secretary Zoltan Kovacs has written about how prime minister Viktor Orban has been doing his best to combat antisemitism, contrary to what opponents claim:
Let’s start with combatting antisemitism. The simple fact remains that the governments led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán have done more than any other to oppose this kind of hateful prejudice and to provide meaningful support to Hungary’s Jewish community. Here are a few examples:

In 2012, the Fidesz-led parliament promulgated the Fundamental Law, our new constitution, recognizing Hungarian Jewry as an inseparable part of the Hungarian nation.

It was the first Orbán Government, in 2001, that established the Holocaust Museum along with the national Day of Remembrance for victims of the Hungarian Holocaust. We introduced Holocaust education in the national curriculum and raised the pensions of Holocaust survivors.

The current government also passed some of the most far-reaching provisions in Europe to punish Holocaust denial, hate speech and the display of hate symbols. The prime minister established a zero-tolerance policy on anti-Semitism and effectively banned paramilitary groups that were intimidating Jewish and Roma citizens. In face of the growing trend to ban Kosher slaughter in Europe, Hungary stood alone in raising its voice for the protection of religious freedom and practices inseparable from the future of Jewish life on the continent.

We devoted resources to the reconstruction of synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and built the first new synagogue in Budapest in 80 years, among others, as part of a major Jewish institution development. In this climate, several have spoken of a “renaissance” of Jewish life in Hungary.

Prime Minister Orbán was the first Hungarian prime minister to publicly acknowledge Hungary’s culpability in the Holocaust, saying that Hungary sinned when we failed to protect our Jewish citizens.

When it comes to support for Israel, again, our government’s proclamations are backed by action. Under PM Orbán’s leadership, Hungary stands among the staunchest supporters of Israel’s sovereignty and independence in international bodies like the European Union and the United Nations.

The author who claimed that Hungary is using support for Israel to cover up Antisemitism indeed has different ideas. Because when she refers to this ugly prejudice, she’s in fact referring to criticism of George Soros. One does not equal the other.
If this fails to help reelect Orban come this April, it'll be a terrible loss indeed. And Soros is one of the worst political influencers out there who could cause serious damage, and already is.

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