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Outgoing Jewish leader accuses the government of abandoning ’zero tolerance’

Thursday, May 11th, 2023

The pro-government nationwide daily rejects the accusation levelled by András Heisler, the outgoing President of the neolog Jewish organisation (MAZSIHISZ) against the government and assures Jewish Hungarians that ’zero tolerance’ against anti-Semitism is still in force in Hungary. READ MORE

Jewish community reacts to Prime Minister’s remarks on ‘mixed race’

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

Prime Minister Orbán’s comments on race in his speech on Saturday were made in the context of his opposition to mass immigration from outside Europe. Nevertheless, Jewish leaders and authors in Hungary found his words disturbing. One added, however, that Hungary is a safe country for Jewish people. READ MORE

Anti-Zionist reform Judaism gains momentum

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

A conservative historian attributes the increasing popularity of anti-Zionist views in the main left-leaning Jewish organization to ideological and political considerations. READ MORE

Mazsihisz rules out co-operation with Jobbik

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Reacting to an article in The Times of Israel, the Alliance of Hungarian Jewish Faith Communities (Mazsihisz) declared that it is not willing to establish contacts with Jobbik in any way.


House of Fates to open in 2019

Monday, October 8th, 2018

A libertarian pundit finds it sad that the completion of the House of Fates, originally scheduled for inauguration four years ago, is taking so long. He thinks that more transparency concerning the planned exhibits could help to resolve the debates over the new museum. READ MORE

MAZSIHISZ opens to secular Jews

Monday, July 9th, 2018

The Chairman of the Association of Hungarian Jewish Faith Communities (MAZSIHISZ) argues in favour of broadening its ranks to non-believing Jews. He warns that, if they do not, the organisation risks disappearing from the scene. READ MORE

Hungary nearer to Israel than core EU countries, says Jewish leader

Friday, May 11th, 2018

The Chairman of the main religious organisation of the Jewish religious community writes that Hungarian Jewry could play a mediating role in relations between Israel and Europe. READ MORE

Netanyahu withdraws protest against anti-Soros poster campaign 

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Commentators sharply disagree about whether the government’s anti-immigration ad and billboard campaign depicting George Soros is anti-Semitic or not. READ MORE

Jewish leader against fear-mongering

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

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

MAZSIHISZ asks PM Orbán for increased protection for Hungarian Jews

Monday, November 30th, 2015

A liberal columnist accuses a leading Hungarian Jewish organization of helping PM Orbán’s anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim politics by requesting the Prime Minister to increase security measures aimed at protecting Hungarian Jews. READ MORE