Leaders of Hungary’s Jewish community have held talks with United States government officials about how to thwart anti-Semitism, the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH) told MTI on Friday.
EMIH and Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (Mazsihisz) officials visited the United States from June 26 to July 2 to present a new grassroots initiative for organising Jewish life as well as its international coordination.
Daniel Bodnar (EMIH) and Andras Heisler (Mazsihisz) held talks on active cooperation with the New York-based Anti-Defamation League.
Meeting senior State Department officials, they asked for concrete advice and assistance on setting up a system for monitoring anti-Semitic and anti-minority phenomena.
Heisler and Bodnar said anti-Semitism was mainly verbal and present in political discourse in Hungary.
They raised the issue of far-right website kuruc.info operating from a US server, and the growing influence of the radical nationalist Jobbik party on young people.
Hannah Rosenthal, special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, said she would soon visit Budapest to resume the dialogue.
Marie L. Yovanovitch, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, expressed concern over the situation in Hungary. She said anti-Semitic writers had been incorporated into the national curriculum and she noted attempts to rebury author Jozsef Nyiro, a lawmaker during the rule of the Arrow-Cross Party in 1944-45.