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Jul 07, 2017

Hungarian government says "Soros" billboard campaign is not anti-Semitic

The Hungarian government is open to the opinions of those who feel that these billboards violate their human dignity or feelings

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's office has commented on András Heisler, President of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz), request to stop the "Soros” campaign.

Heisler said in a letter that in his view the campaign is capable of inducing uncontrolled emotions, including anti-Semitic sentiments.

János Lázár, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, said that the governmental  campaign currently under way is not about the origin or identity of György Soros, but seeks to draw attention to the threat which Soros represents on the issue of immigration, namely that the borders of Europe must opened up to immigrants.

Lázár said the Hungarian government is open to the opinions of those who feel that these billboards violate their human dignity or feelings. He added that there may be some who may perceive the current billboard campaign as overly aggressive, but there are others who do not want millions to flood Europe uncontrolled.

The minister made it clear that every Jewish community in Hungary may rely on the protection of the government which announced a policy of zero tolerance against anti-Semitism.