Hungarian Jews see antisemitism as a serious problem, survey finds

Two-thirds of Hungarian Jews believe antisemitism is a serious problem in their country, according to a new survey, though fewer than half say they have experienced it firsthand. The survey, which the prominent sociologists András Kovács and Ildikó Barna conducted in 2017 through face-to-face interviews with 1,879 Jewish adults, was published Thursday at a news conference in Budapest. It is […]

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2017 antisemitism annual report in Hungary

One of the most important parts of the fight against antisemitism is precise information about the causes and extensiveness of antisemitism. For this reason, the main aim of the Action and Protection Foundation is to provide more information about this issue. Monthly, the Foundation observes public events and the press and records any incidents. Analyzing the information gained by monthly […]

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Orbán blames all of Hungary’s problems on a Jew – and wins big

Analysis / Michael Colborne Viktor Orbán’s resounding victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Hungary shows that, even in the 21st century, you can win an election by blaming all your country’s problems on a Jew. Orbán’s right-wing Fidesz party secured nearly 49 percent of the vote, an increase of approximately 4 percent from 2014. Fidesz also looks to have secured […]

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Antisemitic incidents report January – June 2017 in Hungary

During
the first six months of 2017, Action and Protection Foundation identifed 18
anti-Semitic hate crimes. Sixteen of these are considered hate speech. We also
registered two cases of vandalism.

 

The number of actions slightly decreased
compared to the number of the previous year. In 2016, we reported 23 actions: 8
cases of vandalism, 1 case of threat and 14 cases of hate speech.

 

Compared to previous years, in January-June 2015
we reported 26 cases, in 2014 only 7 cases.

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Head of Hungary’s Jobbik renounces party’s antisemitic ways

Hungary’s nationalist Jobbik party will not return to its far-right
origins, including frequent antisemitic and racist remarks by its politicians,
party chairman Gabor Vona said Friday.

 

Jobbik is the strongest opposition group but far behind Prime Minister
Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party in the polls ahead of April’s election.

 

Vona told The Associated Press in an interview that he has pushed Jobbik
in a more centrist direction to become a “people’s party” and attract more
voters.

 

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Monument to Jewish Holocaust victims smashed

Balf, Sopron – A monument in Hungary commemorating Jewish slave workers later murdered in the Holocaust was defaced.

 

At least three marble plates signifying Jewish headstones were smashed Sunday in Balf, a town located 120 miles west of Budapest

 

A government spokesman issued a “strong condemnation” of the act, which police are investigating. There are no suspects.

 

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Antisemitic incidents 2016

This report is a collection of antisemitic incidents that
occurred in Hungary or that directly affected Hungary’s Jewish community in the
period between 1 January 2016 and 31 June 2016. The purpose of this publication
is to provide comprehensive information and to raise awareness. The CESG
monitoring team follows the news all year – using public sources and those of
its own – and uses the information thus gained to compile its semi-annual
reports.

 

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