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  Hungary's prime minister denounces anti-Semitism
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  May 05, 2013 06:59pm
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AuthorPablo Gorondi
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News DateMonday, May 6, 2013 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister told an international assembly of Jews on Sunday that his government has declared "zero tolerance" on anti-Semitism, but his speech failed to impress those gathered who said he has failed to confront the country's largest far-right party.

Addressing the opening session of the World Jewish Congress, Prime Minister Viktor Orban acknowledged that anti-Semitism was on the rise both in Europe and Hungary, attributing it partly to the economic crisis affecting the region.

"Anti-Semitism is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated," Orban told some 600 delegates at the meeting, adding that it was his government's "moral duty to declare zero tolerance on anti-Semitism."

While delegates applauded some parts of Orban's speech on Sunday, the WJC was also quick to express its disappointment that he had not specifically talked about the country's third biggest political force, the far-right Jobbik party, whose politicians in parliament have made numerous anti-Semitic statements.

"The prime minister did not confront the true nature of the problem — the threat posed by the anti-Semites in general and by the extreme-right Jobbik party in particular," the WJC said in a statement. "We regret that Mr. Orban did not address any recent anti-Semitic or racist incidents in the country, nor did he provide sufficient reassurance that a clear line has been drawn between his government and the far-right fringe."
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