The European Jewish Association (EJA) has awarded a prize to Interior Minister Sándor Pintér for improving public safety and his role in the fight against anti-Semitism, the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH) said on Tuesday. The award was presented by EJA President Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the statement said. At his annual conference held in Budapest on Monday, EJA presented a comparative study indicating that Hungary was the second “friendliest” European state to Jews after Italy, based on surveys on the community’s sense of safety, as well as attitudes against anti-Semitism and the expression of anti-Israel sentiments.
EJA Director Alex Benjamin praised Pintér’s achievements and the efforts of the Hungarian government. Cooperation between law enforcement agencies and Jewish organisation has flourished on his watch, and the government maintains a zero-tolerance policy against anti-Semitism, he said. Besides enshrining the protection of the dignity of communities in the Fundamental Law, the government has adopted a number of measures to protect minorities from hate speech and to educate law enforcement officers on hate crimes, the statement said.