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Orban Visit: May Your Arrival Be Cursed – anti-Semitic Garbage

It is hard to swallow an official visit by an anti-Semite, racist, Islamophobe, demagogue, provocateur and liar, who is also anti-democratic, hostile to human rights and a hater of law and enlightenment

Protesters attending a demonstrating against the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest, Hungary, April 21, 2018.
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Mr. Orban,

Before you land in Israel, I thought you should be informed in time that your visit here is a shame and a disgrace, and historic chutzpah. It’s isn’t easy for people with a memory, especially if they’re also Jews, to swallow an official visit by an anti-Semite, racist, Islamophobe, demagogue, provocateur and liar, who is also anti-democratic, hostile to human rights and a hater of law and enlightenment.

With such a breathtaking variety of beliefs and opinions, it is entirely clear why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fallen head over heels in love with you. After all, you’re so suited to one another. I have no doubt that Bibi would be happy to leave his home already today in order to marry you, but apparently that won’t work (the Chief Rabbinate). You’ll have to console yourself with sitting by the sea, head to head, arms around each other’s shoulders, whispering sweet nothings to each other about “non-liberal democracy,” stopping the home-grown traitors and rescuing Christian culture.

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Only please, don’t try to deny once again that you are an anti-Semite. The evidence is too strong. Below are a few lines from the speech you delivered to your electorate on March 15, 2017:

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban waves as he arrives for a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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“We are fighting an enemy that is different from us. Not open, but hiding; not straightforward but crafty; not honest but base; not national but international; does not believe in working but speculates with money; does not have its own homeland but feels it owns the whole world."

Bravo, Viktor Orban. Josef Goebbels would be proud of you. You didn’t miss a single anti-Semitic cliché: crafty, without conscience, internationalists, speculators, without a homeland, think that they own the whole world and we’ll continue. In a festive speech on June 21, 2017 you exonerated Admiral Miklos Horthy. “An outstanding statesman,” you called the man who ruled Hungary from 1920 to 1944. A declared anti-Semite, an ally of Hitler, a legislator of anti-Semitic racist laws, a silent supporter of the murderers of the Arrow Cross Party, who slaughtered tens of thousands of Jews, and full party to the deportation of about half a million Hungarian Jews to the crematoria of Auschwitz.

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And for dessert, your anti-Semitic campaign against George Soros. The Jew. The Hungarian. The philanthropist. One of the century’s great men of conscience. He gives billions of dollars of his wealth to promote open society and combat racism, to promote free thought and combat ultranationalism, to promote freedom and combat tyranny, to promote everything that you despise and combat everything that you represent. It’s no wonder that you and Bibi hate him so much.

That’s why there’s no point in denial, Mr. Orban. You’re an anti-Semite. A perfect anti-Semite. A Jew hater, an Arab hater.

Incidentally, among your advisers there may have been one person, who, knowing your taste in nations discreetly warned you that Israel is actually infested with Jews. Don’t worry, these are not Jews of the type you despise. Only very few “Soroses” have remained here On the other hand, we have masses of Judaites. They call themselves Jews, but in fact they are far more similar to your electorate. And if you conduct an open, heart-to-heart discussion with them, you’ll really feel at home.

Thanks to them, Israel already deserves to be called “The Hungary of the Middle East.” Although, just between us, in the race to the bottom of the barrel we are leading by a considerable margin: We are more racist and less democratic, more ultranationalist and less enlightened, more evil and less sane. In brief, we are already now what you will be soon.

And still, there’s something positive that we can derive from your visit: Israelis will benefit from an experience like that of a leper who sees himself in the mirror for the first time. “My God!” he will mutter to himself in horror, “Is that what I look like??”

Yes. It is. Only a little worse.