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Jul 11, 2017

PM Orbán to head of Hungarian Jewish Communities: 'a modicum of assistance would be appreciated'

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”

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that the government will protect the nation against "anyone who undermines the security of Hungary, regardless of their origins, religious affiliation or wealth."

The prime minister made the remarks in a letter addressed to András Heisler, president of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (MAZSIHISZ).

PM Orbán was compelled to write his statement following Heisler's request that the prime minister bring an end to a poster campaign targeting George Soros because he thinks that it has the potential to stir anti-Semitic sentiments.

The prime minister pointed out that “Illegal mass migration has brought Europe to the crossroads. Either it protects its borders, it protects its culture dating back millennia, the security of its everyday life, its values of tolerance, religious acceptance and national diversity, and the rule of European law; or else it condemns itself to oblivion.”

PM Orbán continued in this vein, adding that the answers now given to the problem of illegal migration will determine the fate of Hungary and the European Union.

"The growing number of terrorist attacks and acts of violence are of particular concern to the Jewish community in Europe. At stake here and now are the lives of us all, and the futures of our children and grandchildren," the prime minister continued.

“You are also well acquainted with the Hungarian position. We are defending our country, the security of our families and our everyday lives, our accomplishments and our culture. Only the people of Hungary may decide who they shall and shall not live alongside. We alone may decide on our destiny.

“Anyone who uses their wealth, power, influence and a network of NGOs funded by them to settle millions of migrants in Hungary and the European Union is squandering our common future. On numerous occasions the billionaire speculator George Soros has made it clear that this is exactly what he wants," he continued.

“The Hungarian standpoint is that illegal migration is clearly a matter of national security. We shall mobilize the political and legal power of the Hungarian state against anyone who undermines the security of Hungary, regardless of their origins, religious affiliation or wealth. In this regard you are surely opposed to my making any distinction between Hungarian citizens on the grounds of their origin.”

PM Orbán also highlighted that illegal immigration is bringing a culture of intolerance and growing anti-Semitism into Europe. The prime minister closed by writing 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”.