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Hungary gives award to anti Jewish journalist

By Mason White 1:34 PM March 21, 2013
Ferenc Szaniszlo 

By: David Ross
Hungary has issued an award to an anti Jewish journalist recently, an action that drew an angry response from Jewish leaders around the world and Israel, according to press reports in the United States.

Now, Israel has asked Hungary to withdraw the state journalism award given to a television presenter whose station was fined in 2011 for making disparaging remarks about Gypsies and Jews.

The Israeli ambassador to Hungary, Ilan Mor, said Monday that the award that was given to Ferenc Szaniszlo, was to the wrong person and for the wrong reasons.

“His ideas have no place in a free and democratic society such as Hungary,” Mor said in a statement.
“While Israel and Hungary are cooperating in the fight against anti-Semitism, these awards can cause a negative impression and lead us to the wrong road,” he added.

Speaking on his television program on Echo in 2011, Szaniszlo said that the Gypsies are monkeys and suggested that they, along with the Jews, had carried out anti-Hungarian activities.

In another program in 2010, Szaniszlo said Israel had been created by the West as a wall against the Arab and Muslim countries.