Sunday 20 April 2014

Hungary PM in vow on anti-Semitism

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, left, with president of the World Jewish Congress Ronald S Lauder (AP/MTI)

Hungary's prime minister has told an international assembly of Jews that his government has declared "zero tolerance" on anti-Semitism.

Addressing the opening session of the World Jewish Congress, prime minister Viktor Orban acknowledged that anti-Semitism was on the rise both in Europe and Hungary, attributing it partly to the economic crisis affecting the region.

He said that anti-Semitism "is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated".

Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, asked Mr Orban to confront "dark forces" such as the far-right Jobbik party, whose politicians in Parliament have made numerous anti-Semitic statements.

Some 550,000 Hungarian Jews were killed during the Holocaust, while the around 100,000 living here now make up the largest Jewish community in Eastern Europe.

Press Association

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