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Hungary Bans Protests Against Jewish Congress

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban ordered police to prevent protests and rallies that would disturb the World Jewish Congress General Assembly being held in Budapest.

PM Orban issued the ban on Tuesday, Reuters reported, including the anti-Zionist demonstration which was planned for Friday, the first day of the international conference.

The demonstration, called an “anti-Bolshevik and anti-Zionist people’s gathering,” was announced earlier this month by Lorant Hegedus Jr., a Calvinist priest and member of the ultra-rightist, anti-Semitic Jobbik party, which has nearly 15 percent of the seats in Hungary’s Parliament.

The WJC assembly is being held in Budapest – the first time in many years it is outside of Jerusalem – in an expression of solidarity with Hungary’s Jewish community, which in recent years has faced an increased threat of anti-Semitism.

Of course, the WJC could have helped Hungarian Jews a whole lot more by inviting all of them to Jerusalem—permanently, but that would require references to the unhappy events of a few decades ago in Hungary. And who wants that.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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