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Novak in Belgium: Hungary stands by Israel

Hungary stands by Israel and the Jewish people "in these dark hours" amid the conflict between Israel and Hamas, President Katalin Novak said in Antwerp on Thursday.
10. November 2023 5:21

Meeting representatives of the Hungarian orthodox Jewish community, Novak expressed “deepest sympathy in the name of all Hungarians … especially with those who have family members in Israel…”

“We are praying that they find the path to peace as soon as possible, as this is in the interest of us all,” the president said. She said she hoped everybody would “soon get back their children taken as hostages and those who have lost their children will find peace…”

Novak noted Hungary’s zero tolerance against anti-Semitism, adding that the country considered the Jewish community as a “rich resource which we want to continue to rely on”.

“We are proud of the peaceful coexistence between our Jewish and non-Jewish brethren … and we can proud that there are no anti-Semitic demonstrations or movements in Hungary, as we do not tolerate anti-Semitism in the country,” the president said, adding that she would like to see the same “in Europe; moreover, all around the world”.

Novak expressed concern about anti-Semitic expressions in some western European countries.

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