January 20, 2020
Jews of Hungary are revolted with the anti-Semitic magazine’s picture aimed against a local Jewish Community. The business magazine Figyelo images the President of the Federation of the Hungarian Jewish Community showered with cash. The Hungarian Jewish Community began to seethe. It worth mentioning that the magazine appeared shortly after the Prime Minister of Israel gave praised to his Hungarian counterpart for fight against anti-Semitism. An article published in this pro-government magazine, which owners are close to the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán, alleged that the President of the Hungarian Jewish Community András Heysler was involved in financial frauds. The political adviser of Benjamin Netanyahu met the ambassador of Hungary in Israel and condemned attacks to Mr. Heysler. He also told the ambassador that Israel demands the Hungarian government to denounce any cases of anti-Semitism manifestation. The opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) condemned the publication, having declared, that “the Israel government has to fulminate immediately these anti-Semitic attacks and to lead fight against anti-Semitism”. The American Jewish Committee (AJC) also condemned the Hungarian magazine. “Jews with cash is a well-known shameful anti-Semitic cliché”, - said rabbi Andrew Baker, the Director of International Jewish Affairs at the AJC and a Personal Representative of the OSCE CiO on Combating Anti-Semitism. The Hungarian Jewish Community splits over controversial Holocaust museum, which Viktor Orbán plans to open next year in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Hungarian Jews deportation to Auschwitz. More than half a million Hungarian Jews were killed during WWII. The Hungarian government finances the museum, which will belong to the Unified Israelite Congregation of Hungary headed by the rabbi Slomo Koves from Chabad. The project under the name House of Fates started in 2014 and immediately caused criticism on the part of organizations and individuals, including the Israeli memorial and research center “Yad Vashem” and the President of the Hungarian Jewish Community András Heysler. Critics of the project are afraid that the role of Hungarians in prosecution and deportation of Jews will be shaded in this museum, the history in general will be garbled, and thus the museum will become the political tool in hands of the right nationalist Hungarian government. “We repeatedly asked to provide us a complete description of an exposition that we could take part in this project with all responsibility. But we have received nothing yet”, - said András Heysler in his interview to the American news agency Bloomberg last October. Supporters of the government say Viktor Orbán has already recognized Hungarian crimes of Jews during the Holocaust and he is not going to shade these facts. In 2017, after a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu in Budapest, Mr. Orbán told: “During WWII actions of Hungary did not meet moral and political standards. It is a sin because instead of protecting Jews, we preferred to cooperate with Nazis, - Orbán continued. - I let know Mr. Netanyahu that it would not never repeat, in the future the Hungarian government would protect all the citizens”. However, actually Mr. Orbán’s attitude to the past of his country and Hungarian Jews is much more difficult. In 2017, the Jewish community flayed to Viktor Orbán after he had given praise to Miklos Horthy (the regent of Hungary and Nazis collaborator during WWII). Mr. Orbán called Horthy and other Hungarian leaders “the conspicuous statesmen” directing the country after the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Mr. Orbán also carried out the campaign directed against the Hungarian-Jewish business magnate George Soros. by Ofer Aderet, Noa Landau, Haaretz https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-hungary-s-jews-rail-over-anti-semitic-magazine-cover-targeting-their-community-head-1.6702398
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