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Jewish organisation asks government to take position on recent ‘remarks met with negative response’

Andor Grosz, head of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (MAZSIHISZ), held talks with Gergely Gulyas, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, on Tuesday, and asked the government to take a position in connection with "remarks made by state leaders in recent days that have been met with a negative response in Hungary and internationally", the organisation said in a statement.

MAZSIHISZ welcomes the government’s zero-tolerance policy on all forms of anti-Semitism, Grosz said, according to the statement. At the same time, some senior public officials have made remarks in recent days which were rightfully seen as offensive within the Hungarian Jewish community and the part of society which believes Miklos Horthy, Hungary’s regent before and during the second world war, bore responsibility for the Holocaust in the country.

Grosz said the remarks in question did not fit with the government’s principle of zero tolerance.

MAZSIHISZ and the Hungarian Jewish community believe the government needs to make its position on this matter clear, the statement cited Grosz as saying.

Grosz and Gulyas also discussed the planned renovation of the 150-year-old building of the Jewish Theological Seminary – University of Jewish Studies as well as the upgrade of the Charity Hospital operated by MAZSIHISZ, the statement said.

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