The annual World Jewish Congress is usually held in Jerusalem, but this year organizers chose to hold it in Budapest in order to protest rising European anti-semitism. In response the country’s far-right populist Jobbik party, the third largest party in the Hungarian parliament, organized a rally. The Beeb has the goods:
Jobbik said the rally was a protest against what it said was a Jewish attempt to buy up Hungary. […]The event in Budapest on Saturday was billed as a tribute to what organisers called the victims of Bolshevism and Zionism.“The Israeli conquerors, these investors, should look for another country in the world for themselves because Hungary is not for sale,” party chairman Gabor Vona told the rally, according to Reuters news agency.Marton Gyongyosi said Hungary had “become subjugated to Zionism, it has become a target of colonisation while we, the indigenous people, can play only the role of extras”.Last year, Mr Gyongyosi had sparked outrage by saying all government officials of Jewish origin should be officially listed, as they might be a “national security risk”.
Charming. Apparently the country’s right-wing government led by Viktor Orban, which has recently gone as far as to bestow awards upon notable anti-semites, tried to stop the protest from happening, but were ultimately unsuccessful.From NYC to Hungary to central European countries like Germany, anti-semitism is alive and well. This is a very real and serious trend, and reminds us that humans are still capable of turning viciously on an innocent minority when tragedy strikes or economic times are bad. “Never again”, indeed.[Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, courtesy of Getty Images.]