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Csengele, Hungary - Hungarian PM Vows To Protect Jewish Rituals Ahead Of Opening Of Kosher Slaughterhouse

Published on: July 14, 2017 03:30 PM
By: JTA
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Csengele, Hungary - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban vowed to protect religious freedoms in his country during a talk with foreign rabbis visiting for the opening of a large kosher slaughterhouse for geese.

Orban, whose right-wing government is currently under heavy criticism by the Mazsihisz umbrella group of Hungarian Jewish communities for its campaign against the left-leaning Jewish billionaire George Soros, received the rabbis last week in the Hungarian capital, his office’s website said.

The visitors, including Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau, Rabbi Menachem Margolin of the European Jewish Association and Rabbi Slomo Koves of Hungary’s Chabad-affiliated EMIH community, heard from Orban that “Hungary’s Jewish community is under the unconditional protection of the Government” and that, “As with the other historic churches, Jewish congregations in Hungary also receive the full amount of available funding,” the website said.

The foreign rabbis attended the opening of the slaughterhouse in Csengele, situated approximately 80 miles southeast of Budapest, Koves said. With a capacity for slaughtering 2,400 animals daily, it is one of the largest slaughterhouses of its kind in Europe and is under the joint rabbinical supervision of EMIH and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

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“God willing, there are plans to make halal meat as well” at the same slaughterhouse for consumption by Muslims, Koves added.

Margolin said in a statement that Orban’s gesture and the opening of the slaughterhouse is especially appreciated at a time when parliaments in Belgium’s regions pass motions about “banning kosher slaughter and other countries are undermining freedom of religion all over Europe.”

Separately, Orban – whose government’s billboard campaign against Soros divided the Jewish community of Hungary because some of its leaders believe it encourages anti-Semitism – on Monday hosted Rabbi Arthur Schneier of New York’s Park East Synagogue for “ a working lunch in the Parliament Building,” as the website of the prime minister described the encounter.

Orban’s conversation with Schneier, a Holocaust survivor and prominent activist for interfaith dialogue with the Vatican, focused on interfaith efforts and tolerance, the news release said.

According to some Hungarian media, the Hungarian government decided to take down its billboard campaign in connection with the visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Budapest next week, though the government denied the claim. In an email to JTA, a government spokesman said the billboards would be taken down Saturday as scheduled at the end of a six-week campaign.

Israel’s ambassador to Hungary, Yossi Amrani, earlier this month echoed the Mazsihisz position — which is disputed by EMIH — that the campaign encourages anti-Semitism. But a clarification issued by the Israeli foreign minister the following day said his statement was not a defense of Soros, who Jerusalem accused of trying to undermine the Jewish state internationally by funding organizations with an anti-Israel agenda.

Hungary’s government said its main point of criticism against Soros, who funds many opposition group in that country, is his support for organizations devoted to fighting the government’s refusal to take in immigrants from the Middle East.



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 Jul 14, 2017 at 04:17 PM Educated Archy Says:

So the hunks are not such anti semties just anti left. So sad that anyone anti leftsits and pro trump agenda is stereotyped and labeled an anti semite

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 Jul 14, 2017 at 06:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

So the hunks are not such anti semties just anti left. So sad that anyone anti leftsits and pro trump agenda is stereotyped and labeled an anti semite

what is your education trump university???

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 Jul 14, 2017 at 06:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

So the hunks are not such anti semties just anti left. So sad that anyone anti leftsits and pro trump agenda is stereotyped and labeled an anti semite

who cares about donal ducky the fact is Hungarian SS with zest killed Jews. Our escort to Buchenwald were Hungarian SS all is unimportant just the fress. Trump has no scruples as long as they say HURRAH for trump he does not care anti-Semites or not. The president is a childish character with a hand on the atomic trigger.

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 Jul 15, 2017 at 07:01 PM Anonymous Says:

SOROS is an anti-semitie who help collect Jewish articles during WWII. He is against Israel and supports all the leftist causes their is. He wants one world order with one language and no religion. He is old enough to drop dead

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 Jul 15, 2017 at 11:30 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

who cares about donal ducky the fact is Hungarian SS with zest killed Jews. Our escort to Buchenwald were Hungarian SS all is unimportant just the fress. Trump has no scruples as long as they say HURRAH for trump he does not care anti-Semites or not. The president is a childish character with a hand on the atomic trigger.

So then Germans are the biggest anti Semites in your book. I dint get why you are so stuck in history as a measuring stick for nowadays . The Christian religion is soaked with Jewish blood too . But times change . Now it's the Islamists that are killing us .

But if you do want to know some history the Hungarians were allied with Germany till they refused to hand over the Jews and Germany invaded . Look the gypsies and others were far from tzadakim. But compared to the poles and ukrainines and of course Germans , Hungary was a little ( not much but a little ) better . However , it's a mute point and really has nothing to do with the larger issue of whether the current govt is anti
Semetic . I say it's just any trump populist govt is labeled anti Semitic by you all alt leftists

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 Jul 16, 2017 at 09:30 AM Anonymous Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

So then Germans are the biggest anti Semites in your book. I dint get why you are so stuck in history as a measuring stick for nowadays . The Christian religion is soaked with Jewish blood too . But times change . Now it's the Islamists that are killing us .

But if you do want to know some history the Hungarians were allied with Germany till they refused to hand over the Jews and Germany invaded . Look the gypsies and others were far from tzadakim. But compared to the poles and ukrainines and of course Germans , Hungary was a little ( not much but a little ) better . However , it's a mute point and really has nothing to do with the larger issue of whether the current govt is anti
Semetic . I say it's just any trump populist govt is labeled anti Semitic by you all alt leftists

archy get an education, Horthy was forced to resign and the new Hungarian government cooperated with Eichmann flawless. Stick to Trumpi and leave history alone

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 Jul 16, 2017 at 09:54 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Educated Archy Says:

So then Germans are the biggest anti Semites in your book. I dint get why you are so stuck in history as a measuring stick for nowadays . The Christian religion is soaked with Jewish blood too . But times change . Now it's the Islamists that are killing us .

But if you do want to know some history the Hungarians were allied with Germany till they refused to hand over the Jews and Germany invaded . Look the gypsies and others were far from tzadakim. But compared to the poles and ukrainines and of course Germans , Hungary was a little ( not much but a little ) better . However , it's a mute point and really has nothing to do with the larger issue of whether the current govt is anti
Semetic . I say it's just any trump populist govt is labeled anti Semitic by you all alt leftists

In 12 years the Nazis wiped t 6 million Jews , Auschwitz, majdanek and Treblinka are unique, go and get an education

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 Jul 16, 2017 at 01:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Maybe if we would reduce of you meat consumption we would be healthier and need shechita in Poland, Hungary and china

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 Jul 16, 2017 at 04:31 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

In 12 years the Nazis wiped t 6 million Jews , Auschwitz, majdanek and Treblinka are unique, go and get an education

So are you echoing my point? Should we consider Germany anti semetic despite Merkel's anti trump pro immigrant status? If you do then OK. But if you only consider the Hungarian regime anti Semitic based on its history while ignoring Germany's history you are not really being truthful rather you are engaging in alt-left tactics in labeling pro-trump populist regimes as anti Semitic. I am just pointing out the double standard.

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 Jul 16, 2017 at 04:26 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

archy get an education, Horthy was forced to resign and the new Hungarian government cooperated with Eichmann flawless. Stick to Trumpi and leave history alone

Shkoyach but the fact that they had Horthy while other country's never even had a jewish friendly PM shows that while bad they were far from the worse.

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