UK Jewish groups urge PM to raise issue of antisemitism in meeting with Orban

The Hungarian leader has been accused of using antisemitic tropes and ignoring Jew-hate in the country


The Jewish Labour Movement and Masorti Judaism are calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to raise the issue of antisemitism with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. 

Mr Orban is due to meet the British Prime Minister at Downing Street tomorrow. 

Hungary’s hard-right populist leader has previously been accused of using antisemitic tropes and in October last year was accused by the country’s largest Jewish group of ignoring antisemitism. 

In 2019, a close ally of Mr Orban launched a bizarre rant about Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl, insisting his government was not antisemitic after she raised “profound disquiet” about its language.

Matt Plen, Chief Executive of Masorti Judaism, said: “We are deeply concerned about the threats to members of the Jewish community in Hungary. 

“We expect our Prime Minister to use any influence he has with Mr Orban to protect Hungary’s Jews and other vulnerable minority groups.” 

Mike Katz, Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement said: “Just last week, the Prime Minister rejected antisemitism in the strongest possible terms and spoke about the need for continuous vigilance against it. 

“On Friday, Mr Johnson must follow his own advice and call out Viktor Orban’s hate speech against Jews and other minorities in Hungary. British Jews would expect nothing less.”

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