The United States places great importance on combating anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination around the world, and it is my job to vigilantly monitor anti-Semitic acts and discourse. Recently, I – like many others – have noticed a disturbing increase in anti-Semitic acts and statements by various individuals in Hungary. These include a verbal assault against a 90-year old retired rabbi, the defacement of several Holocaust memorials and a Jewish cemetery, and repeated anti-Semitic statements from the far-right Jobbik party. We are concerned about what these incidents bode for the future, and we will continue to monitor events closely.
Statement from Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Hannah Rosenthal on recent events in Hungary