Service held at Dohany Street Synagogue to show solidarity with Israel
At the service, Andor Grosz, head of Hungarian Jewish federation MAZSIHISZ, said “the mourning and grief of the Jewish community is shared by Hungarian society.” He said the inhuman terrorist attack launched on the holiday of the Torah had not hit Israel and Jewish people only: “they not only took human lives but brutally violated the Ten Commandments, a gift of the Torah to mankind.”
“The Jews, non-Jews, Christians here want to pass a world to their successors that is not ruled by terror,” Grosz said.
Israeli Ambassador to Hungary Yakov Hadas-Handelsman thanked the Hungarian nation, church leaders, and politicians, for their solidarity with his country. Israel is at war, the ambassador said, but warned that it was not only Israel’s problem as the attacks could eventually reach Europe, too. He noted that groups supporting the terrorists had celebrated the attacks across the world. He voiced confidence that Israel would win the war. The Jewish community of Israel has a secret weapon: they have no other place to go and will protect their homeland at all cost, he insisted.
Robert Frolich, the chief rabbi of Hungary, said the war was not just a cause for Arabs and Jews but “for all of us that live on this planet and consider ourselves human … it has not just been an attack on a country: terrorism and hatred has declared war against civilisation.”
The service, organised by MAZSIHISZ and the Jewish community of Budapest (BZSH), was attended by President Katalin Novak, Cardinal Peter Erdo, the head of the Hungarian Catholic Church, Bishop Zoltan Balog, head of the Reformed Church, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony, United Hungarian Jewish Community head Slomo Koves, and other dignitaries.