In a rare oped piece, the chairman of MAZSIHISZ, the Alliance of Hungarian Jewish Faith Communities criticises the World Zionist Conference held in Budapest for complaining about anti-Semitism in Hungary without gathering accurate information first about Jewish life in the country. He condemns political forces which he accuses of playing the ‘Jewish card’ in order to stoke fear towards their adversaries. READ MORE
A pro-government columnist rejects the accusations of state-sponsored anti-Semitism suggested by Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the UN. A left-wing commentator, on the other hand, thinks that by tolerating racist discourse, the government has endangered good relations with the US. READ MORE
The leading left-wing daily accuses the government of institutionalizing racist language by rewarding the controversial journalist Zsolt Bayer with one of Hungary’s highest state orders. A conservative columnist, on the other hand, ridicules a protest by a growing number of former nominees who have returned their awards. READ MORE
Budapest’s Jewish journal described as disquieting that the number one representative of world Jewry should be ‘unaware of the real nature of contemporary anti-Semitism’. The paper rejects Lauder’s description of Hungary as the most anti-Semitic country in Europe. READ MORE
Commenting on the re-election of Gábor Vona as party leader, a Hungarian-American investor in the leading pro-government daily dismisses Jobbik’s shift to the centre as ‘a mere stunt’ intended to deceive moderate voters.
Commenting on a recent study on anti-Semitism and xenophobia, a centrist columnist thinks that many Hungarians have misgivings against minority groups in general, rather than Jews in particular. READ MORE
Commenting on a foiled initiative to unveil the bust of a pre-war right-wing politician, left-wing commentators accuse the government of indulging in a cult of racist personalities. Their pro-government counterpart denies the allegation that György Donáth was an anti-Semite, while an independent conservative author calls on the opposing sides to show more tolerance towards each other. READ MORE
Commenting on President Obama’s remarks on how the United States acted to prevent the erection of a statue to interwar Culture Minister Bálint Hóman, a left-wing newspaper calls the government’s attitude shameful, while a pro-government daily quotes an official statement denying that the government yielded to foreign pressure in scrapping the project. READ MORE
Besides welcoming the unprecedented success of a Hungarian film, commentators ponder the Prime Minister’s message of congratulations, and the anti-Semitic comments posted by readers of Mr Orbán’s Facebook page.