Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán insisted on Friday that his country would not permit similar rallies experienced across Western Europe this week in support of the attack on Israel by the Hamas terrorist group.
“There will be no pro-terror demonstrations in Hungary,” Orbán wrote in a post on X, formerly Twitter, as he vowed to “protect the people of Hungary.”
In recent days, huge crowds across several European countries have congregated in support of Palestine with Muslims taking to the streets in celebratory fashion just hours after Hamas terrorists invaded Israel and slaughtered hundreds of innocent civilians — including women and children — as well as capturing a number of hostages to be used as bargaining chips in anticipation of the Israeli response.
There will be NO pro-terror demonstrations in Hungary!— Orbán Viktor (@PM_ViktorOrban) October 13, 2023
We will protect the people of Hungary.
Several of the demonstrations were banned in advance because authorities feared that pro-Palestinian rallies could degenerate into anti-Semitic, anti-Israel protests and incite violence against Jews.
In France, there were several demonstrations against Israel and in favor of Palestine. France has Europe’s largest Jewish population and in some estimates, also the largest Muslim population. In Lyon, tear gas was used to break up a pro-Palestinian demonstration.
Another demonstration, also in France, had to be broken up by police intervention.
In Germany, Muslims and people from immigrant backgrounds have also spoken out in favor of Palestine. Several demonstrations were organized across the country to show their support for Palestine and Hamas.
“Filthy Jews!” shouted immigrants in the streets of Berlin in broad daylight.
The demonstration was ended by police intervention, with the authorities detaining several people.
In another spontaneous demonstration in Berlin, participants turned out despite a prior ban by the authorities on any demonstration in support of Palestine or the Hamas terrorist organization. Around 150 demonstrators demanded the liberation of Palestine from Israeli rule.
Vienna also saw pro-Palestinian protesters push back police after hundreds gathered to condemn Israel.
Also in support of Palestine and the terrorist organization Hamas, the majority of protesters in London were of migrant background. The demonstrators marched in front of the Israeli embassy in London, where they lit torches and placed Palestinian flags.
Former Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal called for a day of jihad by Muslims on Friday in support of the Palestinian war effort against Israel, resulting in law enforcement agencies across the West remaining on high alert for potential disturbances and violence.
“We must head to the squares and streets of the Arab and Islamic world on Friday,” Meshaal said in a recorded statement verified by the Reuters news agency.