Anti-Semitic insults hurled in Budapest Jewish quarter
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Anti-Semitic insults hurled in Budapest Jewish quarter

Drunk men accuse ‘dirty Jews’ of killing Jesus; watchdogs say racist attacks on the rise in Hungary

The Great Synagogue on Dohany Street in Budapest, Hungary (CC-BY-SA, Yelkrokoyade, Wikimedia Coomons)
The Great Synagogue on Dohany Street in Budapest, Hungary (CC-BY-SA, Yelkrokoyade, Wikimedia Coomons)

Several men this week hurled anti-Semitic insults at a group of people they identified as Jews in the historic Jewish quarter of Budapest, a Hungarian watchdog group reported.

The incident occurred early on Tuesday on Dob Street in the center of the Hungarian capital, according to the Forum against anti-Semitism – Hungary. Six individuals who appeared to be inebriated began shouting “dirty Jews” at the victims, as well of accusing them of “killing Jesus.”

While the dissemination of anti-Semitic ideas has proliferated in Hungary in recent years, confrontations of the kind described by the Forum remain rare in the Central European country, which has approximately 100,000 Jews.

In 2014, the Jewish community’s main Action and Protection Foundation, or TEV by its Hungarian-language acronym, documented a total of 37 such incidents.

An annual report on religious freedom around the world released by the US State Department in October noted Hungary as a country having trouble grappling with an upswing in anti-Semitism.

In Hungary “anti-Semitic incidents and public statements, in particular, by the Jobbik Party, continued to raise concerns in the Jewish community,” the reported noted.

“A survey conducted by one non-governmental organization found that approximately one-third of the adult population had prejudices against Jews.”

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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