Hundreds protest World Jewish Congress meeting in Budapest
Saturday, May 04, 2013 - 01:14
May 4 - Supporters of the Jobbik opposition party held a rally to protest what they say is an Israeli plot to buy up property in Hungary. Deborah Gembara reports.
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A 'Better Future' --- the rally cry for hundreds of Hungarian nationalists who gathered in Budapest. Their demonstration took place as the World Jewish Congress also know as the "WJC" was meeting at a nearby hotel.
Many here, including members of the country's Jobbik opposition party, believe Israel is plotting to buy up Hungarian property.
SOUNDBITE: Gabor Vona, head of the Jobbik opposition party saying (Hungarian):
"Shimon Peres should apologize. And the Israeli conquerors and investors should look for another country in the world for themselves because Hungary is not for sale."
Support for the Jobbik party, which is frequently accused of anti-Semitism, has grown here in recent years. Fearing clashes, some lawmakers tried to block the rally which was eventually given the greenlight on Friday.
High security outside the hotel where the WJC was meeting and local synagogues. The WJC, which normally holds its worldwide assembly in Jerusalem, chose Hungary for this year's meeting due to concerns about rising hostility towards Jews in Europe.
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