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Poll: 35%-40% of Hungarians “accept some anti-Semitic stereotypes”

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Weaving their way into international headlines yesterday were the disturbing results of a report released by Czech Republic-based polling company Median and commissioned by the Hungary-based watchdog organization Action and Protection Foundation (TEV). Upon releasing the data for public consumption at a press conference yesterday, study supervisor/Central European University professor András Kovács stated that “We can draw the conclusion that 35% to 40% of the sample definitely accept some anti-Semitic stereotypes and 7% extremely anti-Semitic stereotypes.”

Kovács later informed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) news service that, “among those who accepted some anti-Semitic stereotypes, the proportion who displayed open antipathy toward Jewish individuals increased dramatically in 2010,” a phenomenon the professor ties in with the rise in popularity of the far-right party Jobbik. “There is a clear correlation between Jobbik’s entrance and the prevalence of anti-Semitism in polled populations,” he asserted.

Seven hundred sixty-four Hungarian citizens participated in the survey.

The survey was released in advance of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe convention hosting several hundred Orthodox rabbis beginning in Budapest this week. Certain to be among the heavily-discussed topics is the ongoing dispute between the Hungarian central government and the nation’s Jewish communities regarding the manner of observing the decreed Holocaust Memorial Year.

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