Expert: Hungary is on the podium in anti-Semitism, but that is not the biggest problem
According to the secretary of the Foundation for Action and Protection, there are serious misconceptions among European citizens, so only education can be the solution, the transfer of information about the Holocaust must be put on a new footing.
According to recent international research, Hungarian society does not like Jews much, and anti-Semitism is the greatest in Eastern Europe. There is no link between violence and anti-Semitism, with high levels of violence reported in high-profile countries such as Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, but many anti-Semitic attacks and harassment occur in countries with low levels of anti-Semitism supporters, such as France, the United Kingdom In the United Kingdom or Germany. Prejudice against Jews is also stronger among Muslims in Europe, and anti-Israel sentiment is prominent.
András Kovács and György Fischer conducted this research in a unique way in Europe with the participation of 16 countries. Kálmán Szalai, the secretary of the Action and Protection Foundation, said in his show entitled ATV Start that the data are available in Hungary since 2013, they have not really changed in the last 6-7 years, although there are minor changes. 41.2 percent of Hungarian society can be said to be imbued with some kind of Jewish prejudice. The research measures not only primary but also secondary anti-Semitism, which means processing attitudes and knowledge about the Holocaust as well as attitudes towards modern Israel.
The question of whether Jews are trying to benefit from the Holocaust has reached outstanding figures, and it is surprising that 20 percent of Hungarians fully agreed with this agreement. Based on this, there are serious misconceptions among European citizens, and only education can solve this, and the transfer of information about the Holocaust must be put on a new footing, the expert explained.
Conspiracy theories and extremism will be the case, so these should always be taken into account when conducting research, but the survey shows that the rate of anti-Semitic prejudice is declining from east to west, although the number of hate crimes is growing exponentially. it cannot be concluded that a high rate of anti-Semitism would also pose a threat to Jewish communities in a country, Kálmán Szalai concluded.