Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Increased Hostility Against Jews And Roma In Hungary

Ahead of next month's parliamentary election in Hungary, a published in February found the Roma minority in that Central European country face an unprecedented amount of violence and discrimination. While prejudice against Roma, pejoratively known as Gypsies, is widespread throughout Europe, the report says Hungary is more anti-immigrant and hostile toward minorities than elsewhere.

 "In the last five years in Hungary, the establishment of vigilante groups and hate crimes against Roma and other minority groups has characterized a climate of increasing social and economic exclusion," according to the report, from the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.

A 2011 finds many Hungarians share anti-Roma sentiments with 60 percent believing that criminality was in "gypsy" blood. The same poll found 40 percent believed it was OK to have bars and clubs where Roma were not allowed in.
These widespread attitudes help explain the popularity and political strength of the Jobbik party. It's the country's third largest, holding 43 seats of 386 in the Hungarian Parliament. It defines itself as a "principled, conservative and radically patriotic Christian party," but critics say it's a radical organization that targets minorities.... Read More Here


Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if the story of the Roman being scoundrels, miscreants, and thieves, really is true?


rodin said...

It appears to be so, according to friends who have dealings with them (ie are harrassed by them).

Anonymous said...

I meant to say "Roma" being all that I mentioned, and I have heard the same things, Mr. Rodin, but wanted to know if others heard the same things.