A commemoration was held on Tuesday for the Jewish buried in Kaposvar in south-west Hungary whose graves were vandalised last week.
On July 22 vandals toppled 57 tombstones in the cemetery.
Laszlo Rona, head of the local Jewish community, said that such acts of vandalism are outrageous and should be condemned, irrespective of the victims’ religion. He expressed thanks to all who had participated in their restoration.
Zoltan Lomnici, president of the Council of Human Dignity which contributed 100,000 forints (EUR 360) to restoration works, said that “society as a whole should take a firm and unambiguous stand against these acts”.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban condemned the vandal act last week. In a letter addressed to Rona, he assured Rona that Hungary’s government guaranteed all citizens’ right to live undisturbed and without fear. Orban said he had instructed the interior minister to call to account those responsible for the incident without delay.
In an interview focusing on President Janos Ader’s visit to Israel, Ilan Mor, Israeli ambassador to Hungary, also spoke about the Kaposvar incident, and welcomed Orban’s statement on a policy of zero tolerance towards any forms of anti-Semitism.