Hungarian Minister Proposes Rigid Curtailment of Jewish Rights

A law abolishing the autonomy of the “Israelite Confession” in Hungary, which would have far-reaching effects on all aspects of Jewish life in the country, has been proposed to the Hungarian Parliament by the Minister for Religion, it is reported in Budapest papers reaching here today.

Already 80,000 Jewish voters have been deprived of their right to vote and the Hungarian Minister of the Interior has proposed that parliamentary mandates be withdrawn from eighteen Jewish members of the Budapest municipal council. Passage of the proposed law will probably result in the ousting of all Jewish deputies in the Hungarian parliament, it is reported.

The new measure would prohibit the Jewish communities in Hungary from taxing their members and would consequently deprive them of all income. The Jewish religious group would be placed in the same category as the small religious sects in Hungary, and would be subject to rigid governmental control in all its activities.

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