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Hungarian activist assaulted by soccer fans

 

(JNS.org) The head of a Hungarian human rights organization said he was verbally and physically assaulted by far-right fans at a soccer match in Hungary ahead of a World Jewish Congress meeting. Ferenc Oroscz, chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Association, a human rights organization, said he witnessed several fans at a soccer match in Budapest chanting pro-Nazi slogans such as “Sieg Heil.” When he attempted to confront the fans on their hate speech, they then verbally assaulted Oroscz, calling him a “Jewish communist.” Later, as Oroscz was leaving the match, he was approached by two men, one who hit him, breaking his nose.

A recent study conducted by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry revealed that global antisemitism was up 30 percent in 2012, with the largest rise in attacks occurring in economically troubled Europe, specifically in France, Greece, Hungary and Ukraine. In particular, the rise of the far-right Jobbik party in Hungary has alarmed many human rights groups.

 

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