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March 25, 2014 10:32 am

17% of Hungarians Are Anti-Semitic, Study Says

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The logo of Hungary's far-right Jobbik party, whose leaders have often denigrated Jews and Israel in speeches. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Anti-Semitism in Hungary is high but declining, according to a new survey whose findings were presented at a memorial ceremony in Budapest for the Hungarian Jews killed in Nazi death camps 70 years ago.

Some 17 percent of Hungary’s population was identified as being anti-Semitic, said the study conducted by TEV, an organization that combats anti-Semitism in Hungary. About 23 percent were identified as being “moderately” anti-Semitic.

Despite the relatively high incidence of anti-Semitic attitudes and the increasing strength of Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party—whose leaders have often denigrated Jews and Israel in speeches—the level of anti-Semitism in the country has declined since 2010.

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