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  • Netanyahu visited a Budapest synagogue. Here’s what happened.

    BUDAPEST (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a visit to a Budapest synagogue praised his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban, for speaking out against anti-Semitism and standing up for Israel in international forums. “I think it’s very important that countries stand against this delegitimization of Israel, which is the delegitimization of the Jewish people,…

  • Microphone catches Netanyahu calling EU policy ‘crazy’

    BUDAPEST (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a European Union policy “crazy” during a closed-door meeting in Hungary, unaware that a microphone was transmitting his comments to reporters outside. Netanyahu, speaking Wednesday with the leaders of four Central European countries, is heard criticizing an EU policy that  conditions closer trade ties with Israel…

  • Hungarian prime minister acknowledges his country’s ‘sin’ of abandoning its Jews to the Nazis

    (JTA) — Hungary committed a “sin” in not protecting its Jewish citizens during World War II and collaborating with the Nazis, the country’s prime minister said while vowing it would never happen again. Viktor Orban, speaking at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following their meeting Tuesday, also said that Hungary…

  • Hungarian Jewish leader urges Netanyahu to condemn anti-Semitism during visit

    BUDAPEST (JTA) — A top Jewish official in Hungary is seeking a strong condemnation of anti-Semitism in the country from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the Israeli leader arrived Monday for a four-day visit there. “It is most important for the Hungarian Jewish community that the Israeli prime minister condemns strongly any kind of hate…

  • Hungary’s Jewish leaders say government anti-Soros posters incite anti-Semitism

    BUDAPEST (JTA) — Hungary’s Jewish umbrella has called on Prime Minister Viktor Orban to halt a  government campaign against Jewish-American billionaire George Soros, saying it is provoking more anti-Semitism. András Heisler, president of the Federation of the Hungarian Jewish Communities, or Mazsihisz, on Thursday demanded a stop to the government campaign, which last week included…

  • Hungary passes law in apparent bid to shut down George Soros-founded university

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (JTA) — Despite wide-ranging protests, Hungarian lawmakers passed legislation that appears to target the Budapest university founded by the Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros. On Tuesday, the Parliament passed amendments — in an unusually swift manner — to the nation’s higher education law that could result in the shutdown of Central European University,…

  • Hundreds protest vandalism of Budapest Holocaust memorial

    BUDAPEST (JTA) — Hundreds protested in downtown Budapest against a vandalism attack on a memorial to the nearly 600,000 victims of the Holocaust in Hungary. The unknown vandals tore photographs on display at Liberty Square and damaged or removed objects donated to the Living Memorial by survivors and their descendants. The memorial is located opposite…

  • Israel’s justice minister: 70 percent of harmful content being removed from social media

    BUDAPEST (JTA) — Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said in Budapest that Facebook, Twitter and Google are removing some 70 percent of harmful content from social media in Israel. “A joining of forces by justice ministers from all over the world against incitement and our joint work vis-a-vis the internet companies will lead to change,”…

  • Israeli found dead in Hungary was killed in robbery, prosecutor says

    BUDAPEST (JTA) — The Israeli citizen found dead in Hungary was killed in a brutal robbery for his two mobile phones, laptop computer and cash, the Hungarian Prosecutor’s Office said Monday. Ofir Gross, 40, who traveled to Hungary for vacation from his studies in biomedical engineering in Germany, was found dead on Saturday evening in…

  • Hungarian police hold 2 in death of Israeli tourist

    BUDAPEST (JTA) — Hungarian police have detained two people in connection with the death of an Israeli citizen, who went missing in the country several days earlier. Ofir Gross, 40, who traveled to Hungary for vacation from his studies in biomedical engineering in Germany, was found dead on Saturday evening. Conflicting news reports say his body…