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«Large noses, disgusting mouths»: the Israeli Ambassador has accused a leading newspaper of Hungary in anti-Semitism

Ilan Mor, Israel’s Ambassador in Budapest, sent a letter to the Petanu Peter, the editor of the newspaper Magyar Hirlap, which published an article by Zsolt Bayer, one of the founders of the ruling party Fidesz, called the Israeli diplomat openly anti-Semitic.

«The author openly expresses anti-Semitic views and fuelling hatred of Jews and the State of Israel», – quotes the words of Mora Jewish weekly Szombat.

The unprecedented response of the Israeli Ambassador due to publish a series of articles by the same author in a leading Hungarian newspaper, which is regarded by many readers as the mouthpiece of the head of the government Viktor Orban.

The beginning of this series put the material about the installation in the Hungarian capital of a monument to György Donut policy, which in 30-e and 40-e years of the last century promoted the laws against the Jews and became the prelude to the Holocaust by the hands of the Pro-Nazi government of Hungary.

The erection of this monument sparked protests in the Hungarian society, and the statue was demolished last month.

In one of his articles Bayer associates relentless pursuit of Jews with their participation in the construction of the Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919, when the country for four months was under Communist rule.

«Why are we surprised that the simple peasants saw the Jews breaking into their village, beaten to death the priests and threaten to turn the Church into a cinema, twenty years already in the form of the gendarmes throw them out of their towns and villages?» – stated in this article.

In another piece he quotes the statements of the writer Zsigmond Moritz, who believes that hatred of Jews is not a reason to refuse their contribution to Hungarian culture.

«They have big noses and ears, the strange shape of the mouth, the lower lip is swollen and protruding. Revolting gagging for it», – says in one of his novels Moritz.

In his letter to Ilan Mor requires that the Israeli Embassy has cancelled the subscription to the newspaper Magyar Hirlap: «Slander and insinuations Bayer go against the official policy of the Hungarian government aiming at the friendship and cooperation with Israel».

Note that today’s Hungary is one of the most anti-Semitic countries in Europe. The results of a survey conducted by sociologists of the Central European University in Budapest under the direction of Andras Kovacs, indicate that between 15% and 20% of Hungarians adhere to the «extremely anti-Semitic» views. In addition, about one-third of the country’s citizens have prejudices against Jews, while 19% of respondents deny the Holocaust.

Székesfehérvár, one of the largest cities of Hungary, with a population of 100,000 people, plans to create a bronze monument to the Balint Homan, Minister of religious Affairs and education, who was in power from October 1944 to March 1945, when the land was ruled by a Hitler ally Miklos Horthy.

During this period in the Kingdom of Hungary were killed 15.000 citizens, most of them Jews, and 80,000 were deported to the death camps. Nevertheless, for the erection of this monument was funded by the Ministry of justice

András Heisler, President of the Federation of Jewish communities of Hungary and Vice-President of the CENTURY, calls the Company «a symbol of the destruction and the deportation of Hungarian Jews» and «anti-Semite, is not worthy to be immortalized». In 1946, Balint Homan was recognized as a war criminal and sentenced to life imprisonment. He died in 1951 in prison.

«Large noses, disgusting mouths»: the Israeli Ambassador has accused a leading newspaper of Hungary in anti-Semitism 14.04.2016

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