Anti-Semitism has increased in several countries of western Europe due to migration, Szabolcs Takács, state secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, told a plenary session of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association held in Ferrara on Thursday.
In his address, Takács said that all religious communities in Hungary, including Jews, could safely practice their religion.
After the conference, Takács told MTI by phone that Europe’s “ever growing and worrying” anti-Semitism had been one of the key topics, adding that the tendency raised “serious social, moral, and security issues”. He argued that the community was facing “a new type of anti-Semitism associated with the anti-Israel sentiments of anti-Zionist, extreme leftist and anarchist groups, as well as anti-Semitism connected to radical Islam, which cannot be considered independent of illegal migration.”
Takács announced that Hungary’s Tett és Védelem (Action and Protection) foundation had set up a European organisation to contribute to the fight against anti-Semitism. He added that the Hungarian government would support the new organisation with an annual 1.5 million euros from next year on. The organisation will have an office in Brussels and will cooperate with the European Jewish Association (EJA).
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