When U.S. President Donald Trump hosts Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán Monday in Washington, he should realize that he is welcoming a leader who deals in hateful anti-Semitic tropes. Orbán will tell him otherwise. The Hungarian leader will insist that he’s the best friend of Hungarian Jews. He’s anything but. Not long ago, at an event dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism in the European Parliament, Hungarian State Secretary Takács Szabolcs defended his boss by telling me how Orbán’s Fidesz party is funding an institute to research anti-Semitism and combat anti-Israel sentiments among radical leftist and Islamic circles. He argued vociferously — and truthfully from what I have heard — that Orbán is not personally hostile to Jews and pointed to Budapest’s close relations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. What about the attacks against billionaire Jewish philanthropist George Soros, I asked. In the 2017 parliamentary election, Orbán promoted anti-Semitic imagery of powerful Jewish financiers scheming to control the world. Thousands of posters of a grinning Soros with the slogan “Let’s not allow Soros to have the last laugh!” were posted around the country on billboards, on the metro, and on the floors of Budapest’s trams. Just this year, a new media… Read full this story
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