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Hungary to remove incendiary anti-Soros posters
Hungary to remove incendiary anti-Soros posters

The Hungarian government said on Wednesday it will end a billboard campaign against Jewish billionaire and philanthropist George Soros deemed antisemitic, three days before Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is scheduled to visit the country.

The posters show a large picture of the Hungarian-born Jewish emigré laughing, alongside the text: “Let’s not let Soros have the last laugh,” a reference to government claims that Soros wants to force Hungary to allow in migrants.

Leaders of Hungary’s 100,000-strong Jewish community have said the campaign is provoking antisemitism.

Since the posters appeared on billboards and at public spaces around the country last week, as well as on television, several incidents of antisemitic graffiti such as “Stinking Jew” and Stars of David daubed on them have been reported.

On Tuesday, Soros released a rare statement saying he was “distressed by the current Hungarian regime’s use of antisemitic imagery as part of its deliberate disinformation campaign.”

In a statement the government said that the anti-Soros campaign had reached its goals and was no longer necessary, according to Hungarian news outlets. The statement noted that a new law regulating the display of political posters in public places was due to come into effect on July 15.

Netanyahu will meet with Hungarian Prime Minister is Viktor Orban in the capital Budapest in what will be the first visit by an Israeli prime minister since the end of communism in 1989.

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