Minister Shalom Visits Hungary, Urges Increased Efforts Against anti-Semitism

Meeting in Budapest, Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom asks Hungary PM Viktor Orban to help see to it that Hezbollah is placed on the European Union’s list of terror organizations.

Israel's Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom met Monday afternoon in Budapest with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. At the meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the World Jewish Congress meeting in Budapest, Shalom and Orban discussed rising anti-Semitism in Hungary.

Shalom told Orban that the Israeli government is concerned over the rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Hungary and that law enforcement and penalties should be more strictly enforced against manifestations of anti-Semitism and racism.

During their talk, Shalom asked Orban to help see to it that Hezbollah was placed on the European Union’s list of terror organizations. Shalom insisted that more governments across the globe should act to increase sanctions against the Iranian regime, which assists and funds Hezbollah and other terror groups worldwide.

Shalom also met in Budapest with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, to discuss placing Hezbollah on the EU’s list of terror groups. Westerwelle said Germany is working on the issue, but more proof was needed of Hezbollah’s involvement in acts of terror on European soil.  

Orban spoke at the conference, against the backdrop of a protest by hundreds of extreme-right activists. The Hungarian premier had asked the police to prevent the protest, but the court allowed it to proceed.

At the protest, members of the right-wing party Jobbik shouted anti-Semitic slogans and said the Jews were taking over Hungary. Some of the demonstrators wore the black uniforms of the Hungarian Guard, the military wing of the party, which was banned after some of its members were accused of violence against Gypsies.

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Olivier Fitoussi