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The Hungarian government has signed an agreement with the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH) to acknowledge the historical traditions of the Jewish community and “EMIH’s service to the renaissance of Hungary’s Jewish community”.
PM Orbán said he was “happy to see the largest Jewish community in central Europe living … in peace and security and even organizing cultural and sporting events that draw their brethren from other parts of the world.”
“We are proud of our past and traditions, and think that in Hungary the Jewish community not only has a past but a present and a future, too,” said Slomó Köves following the inauguration of two new synagogues - one in Budapest's 13th district and in Szentendre, north of the capital.
“We will never forget that the Hungarian government, at that time, could not defend its Jewish citizens, but today the safety of all Jewish citizens in Hungary is guaranteed and anti-Semitism meets with zero tolerance,” the prime minister said
The third annual Jewish Art Days Festival invigorated Budapest’s already lively cultural scene between May 28 and June 10. Filling more than 20 venues with dozens of programs across the capital, the festival is becoming an early-summer tradition in the city and yet another sign that Hungary’s Jewish community is seeing a renaissance of their culture.
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, highlighted that one of the largest Catholic churches in Hungary stands quite close to the Dohány street Great Synagogue in Budapest, which illustrates the peaceful coexistence of Jews and Christians in Hungary
Taking out of context and misinterpreting a statement that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made several weeks ago, an article published recently in Die Welt raises – again – the tired and groundless charges of anti-Semitism.
The European Commission announced that the 158-year-old synagogue, the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world, would be added to the list of 38 heritage sites next year, joining the likes of Italy’s Fort Cadine and Slovenia’s Javorca Church
Hungary's foreign minister assured the organizations of American Jews that the Hungarian government clearly makes no compromise on the security of Hungary and its people on the one hand, and zero tolerance against anti-Semitism on the other
PM Orbán highlighted that illegal immigration is bringing a culture of intolerance and growing anti-Semitism into Europe. The prime minister wrote that “I do not expect either thanks or recognition for our fight against illegal migration, but a modicum of assistance from your community would be appreciated”
“We will continue to protect the Jewish community in future against any and all attacks of an anti-Semitic nature and against any attempts to endanger or discriminate against Hungary’s Jewish community,” Hungary's foreign minister said
Political debates can get nasty. A certain amount of give-and-take comes with the territory, and as a spokesperson, I’ve experienced it firsthand. There are red lines that should not be crossed, though, and assailing the dignity of the victims of mass genocide crosses the brightest of them. Every reasonable person, including European Commission Vice President Timmermans, should know that no matter how deep the political disagreement, Holocaust victims should not be exploited as weapons in such a fight.