In Hungary, the left and the far right have united to defeat Viktor Orban


November 6, 2020

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, not pictured, during their meeting in Beijing, April 25, 2019.

(JTA) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, one of Europe's most prominent nationalist and anti-immigrant leaders, has often faced accusations that he is too soft on far-right anti-Semitism.

But now, in an unusual reversal, Orban is trying to level that same accusation at the country's largest Jewish group, Mazsihisz.

Orban recently criticized Mazsihisz, a nonpartisan federation of Jewish communities and groups, for not speaking out loudly enough against the candidacy of Laszlo Biro, a member of the far-right Jobbik party who has a history of making anti-Semitic statements. 

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