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Hungary: The Rise in Anti-Semitism

Hungary is home to the third largest Jewish population in Europe. That community is feeling increasingly under threat, as anti-Semitic discourse enters the mainstream.

Rabbi Shlomo Koves, 23, prays in a Budapest Synagogue, Nov. 18 2003. Koves, a Hungarian Jew who studied in the U.S. and Israel, heads a Yeshiva in Budapest. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Jews in Hungary are facing a rise in physical and verbal assaults. One member of parliament recently called for Jewish citizens to be registered separately by the authorities as potential “national security risks”. This May Day saw a gathering of thousands of ultra-right-wingers in Budapest. The event was organised by the right-wing Jobbik Party – the third biggest political force in the Hungarian parliament.