A Hungarian government spokesperson has insisted that mass migration is driving anti-Semitism throughout Europe, putting the continent’s Jewish community under threat.
“This [growing anti-Semitic sentiment in much of Europe] is related to the new type of anti-Semitism caused by mass migration,” spokesperson Zoltán Kovács claimed, as quoted by an official Hungarian government press release.
Moreover, he claimed that central Europe is safest for Jews, as many states in other parts of the continent have taken in millions of migrants in recent years.
Led by PM Orban’s Fidesz Party and its coalition partner, Budapest has maintained an anti-immigration stance, defying the EU by refusing to settle apparent refugees in Hungary.
EU member states which did accept scores of migrants are looking to redistribute some of them in other parts of the EU, via the bloc’s proposed distribution quotas.
However, Hungary and other nations which didn’t accept migrants remain staunchly opposed to migration and have publicly criticized Brussels’ efforts to force them to take in migrants, warning they pose a security risk and threaten to erode European culture and values.