>> The graffiti reads, because of these the word Jew is an insult. Anti-immigration posters in Hungary featuring the face of Jewish billionaire-philanthropist George Soros, have sparked allegations of anti-semitism. Now the Hungarian government says the six-week campaign, which features Soros' smiling face and the words don't let Soros have the last laugh, will finish at the weekend.
But Prime Minister Victor Orban's Chief of Staff denied the posters are anti-sematic.>> I think what makes a good billboard is that it draws attention to some danger. The danger is not George Soros himself, but what he represents in the case of immigration. Our problem with George Soros is not that he is of Jewish origin, I categorically deny and refute this.
The government has never ever had such intention or thought and never will have.>> Has made me the target of his unrelenting propaganda campaign.>> The right wing Hungarian government has long been at odds with Soros, who funds open democracy organizations and supports more open immigration. Soros said early this week that the billboards are reminiscent of Europe's darkest hours.
Criticism as well from former UN Chief, Kofi Anon, and Israel's Foreign Ambassador who said the campaign sows hatred and fear. But the Israeli Foreign Ministry later issued a clarification, contradicting their Ambassador and saying that Soros was a legitimate target for criticism. That move appeared to be designed to align Israel more closely with Hungary, ahead of a visit to Budapest by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week.