I read with sinking heart your interview with Charles Gati (“Regime change… in Hungary”, The Budapest Times, 19-25 July 2013), especially this: “Hungary moved up to become the most antisemitic country in Europe. American Jews are concerned”.
This is simply not true. If you live in Budapest you have no doubt noticed the flourishing Jewish life. One Jewish festival follows the other. I have never seen any of their posters harmed in any way.
Further, you may not have heard but a few years ago the head of the office in Tel Aviv that examines antisemitism worldwide was in Budapest and warned Hungarian Jews that they should stop crying antisemitism whenever someone expresses an opposing view. They were warned that in the long run it can be very damaging for them.
Rabbi Köves Slomó also confirmed that there is much more antisemitism in the USA, Canada and France where he used to live. Nowadays we hear also how widespread it is in some Scandinavian countries, notably Sweden and Norway.
And how could Gati call on the overthrow of the Orbán government “even using force if necessary”, as he said in an interview in 168 óra; this so-called “liberal democrat”?
Remember, these “liberal democrats” are the guys who have supported Stalin, Mao, Fidel, Pol Pot, the liberation of the colonies, same-sex marriages…
I remember when Mark Spitz won six gold medals and was ostracised in the US swim team because he is Jewish. Such a thing could never happen in “the most antisemitic”’ Hungary.
And I assume I do not have to list all the doings of the Bush government in the name of defending democracy.
Gati should clean up his own backyard first.