Nationalist Politician Challenges Rabbi to Debate

Days after one of his colleagues admitted to having Jewish roots, a far-Right Hungarian politician has challenged a Jewish community leader in the country to a public debate.

Gabor Vona, the leader of the Hungarian nationalist party Jobbik, said he wants to prove to Slomo Koves, a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi who heads the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation, that his party not anti-Semitic, JTA and Hungarian news outlets reported Tuesday.

Koves has recently spoken of the need to start a dialogue between the Hungarian public and Jewish organizations about ways to combat anti-Semitism.

“Jobbik has never had and will never have any program point, proposal or idea which discriminates between Hungary’s inhabitants on the grounds of ethnicity and religion,” Vona told the website


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