Police question attackers of Jewish official in S Budapest

Budapest, October 6 (MTI) – Police on Saturday questioned and kept in custody two young men who assaulted a Jewish official outside the community’s prayer room in Budapest’s southern 20th district, the Budapest police headquarters (BRFK) told MTI.

The two suspects, aged 21 and 20, were identified by the victim, Andras Kerenyi, the chairman of the south Pest district of the Budapest Jewish Community, shortly after the attack on Friday afternoon.


Kerenyi, 62, was kicked in the abdomen and insulted outside the building housing a prayer room in Teglagyar square. The attacker and the 20-year-old man who was with him ran away from the scene. Kerenyi followed them and saw them entering a house, where they were soon found by police, BRFK’s organised crime unit said on its website. Kerenyi did not need to be seen by a doctor, the website said.


The unit has launched procedures against the perpetrators on suspicion of an committing an act of violence against the member of a religious community.


The suspects were questioned on Saturday and police have taken them into custody.


Gusztav Zoltai, the head of the Hungarian Federation of Jewish Communities, told MTI about the attack late on Friday. He said Kerenyi’s attackers shouted “you rotten Jews will die” during the incident.


In June this year, former chief rabbi Jozsef Schweitzer was insulted on a Budapest street by an unidentified man, who told him “I hate all Jews”.