Attacker breaks nose of Raoul Wallenberg Association chairman in Hungary

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By: Shifra Unger

The head of an important Jewish organization had his nose broken by an attacker in Hungary, according to a police statement in Hungary.

In Hungary, the head of the local association of Raoul Wallenberg has been assaulted at a soccer game. Ferenc Orosz told at a conference on hate speech Monday that he was first verbally attacked and then had his nose broken after a game at Puskas Stadium in Budapest, where he attended with his family on Sunday.

Orosz said fans around him were shouting slogans in favor of former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and the Nazi slogan "Sieg Heil". When he asked them to stop, he was threatened and called a "Jewish Communist".

Late in the game, as he left the stadium, two men blocked his way. One of them said: "Sieg Heil even so," the other hit Orosz, who later was hospitalized with a broken nose. Hungarian police have filed charges against the aggressor.

Orosz said he discharged himself from the hospital on Monday to speak at a conference on hate speech organized by the Ombudsman. He said that he thought what had happened was a hate crime and that the organizers or the police should have removed the Nazi chanters.

“This is a despicable act committed by sports fans at a sports stadium. I think that sports stars should start preaching tolerance as respect is one of the most important things in sports,” Rachel Ivy, 44, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire told after learning of the attack.

The Raoul Wallenberg Association was created in tribute to the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved the lives of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.

Meanwhile, right-wing activists said they are planning to organize a demonstration against Bolshevism and Zionism in Budapest on Saturday, the night before the start of the meeting of the Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress in the Hungarian capital, which begins Sunday night with a speech by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.