Shliach Vs. Anti Semite
Chabad's Shlomo Koves is pressing charges against a Hungarian far-right politician who commemorated an 1882 blood libel.
Prosecutors in Hungary are investigating whether remarks made in Parliament by a far-right lawmaker are anti-Semitic after a Chabad rabbi pressed charges.
A speech by Zsolt Barath of the Jobbik party is being examined because of a complaint by Budapest-born Rabbi Shlomo Koves who said the the April 3 remarks agitated Hungary's 100,000 Jews.
Barath commemorated the "Tiszaeszlar case," the 1882 disappearance of Eszter Solymosi, a 14-year-old peasant girl which for decades stoked anti-Semitic feelings in Hungary. Her body was never found and several Jews accused of her murder were acquitted in 1884.
If prosecutors think there are grounds for investigating Barath for incitement against a community they can ask for his parliamentary immunity to be removed, AP reported.
Jobbik won nearly 17 percent of the vote in the 2010 elections and is the largest opposition party after the Socialists.
In response, the Prime Minister Viktor Orban of the Fidesz party invited Koves, Associate Director of Lubavitch of Hungary, to a meeting on Thursday, the last day of Chol Hamoed Pesach.
Orban told him that the government guarantees the safety of all minorities in the country.
"The government will protect the Jewish minority and there is no room to fear your safety," he stated according to a report in the Israel paper Makor Rishon.
The Prime Minister is supporting a proposal by the opposition Socialist Party to set up an ethics committee to discipline lawmakers for racist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic or anti-Islamic remarks.