Hungary has just appointed a vicious anti-Semite as its Ambassador to Italy. On Sunday night, the country’s media reported that Péter Szentmihályi Szabó had been given the post, and yesterday Vox reported on a recent translation of an anti-Semitic screed Szabó wrote in 2000 (h/t Yair Rosenberg). An excerpt:
They [Jews] can be found everywhere on the earth. They are the agents of Satan. They arouse fear and they live off of fear. They create turmoil and discord. They are constantly packing, yet they don’t leave. Are they foreign spirits whose mission is to destroy the local communities? International criminals who, following Marx and Lenin, decided to enslave mankind? Eternally homeless folk condemned to be constant wanderers?
While Hungary’s government is the most overtly anti-Semitic in Europe, anti-Semitism is a growing problem throughout the continent. In France, pro-Palestinian youth are attacking synagogues, while in Germany mobs have taken to the streets, shouting anti-Semitic slurs. In other countries, an ostensible concern with public health linked to a dull secularism seeks to block traditional Jewish practices like circumcision and the ritual slaughtering linked to kosher food.Europe is steadily become less hospitable, and more dangerous, for its Jewish residents.