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December 06, 2002

Anti-Semtism Watch

Hundreds of skinheads disrupted a public candle-lighting and Chanukah celebration of the Jewish community in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday night. The skinheads, members of the Hungarian Revisionist Party, menacingly gathered near the dias where the ceremony was taking place and chanted, "Hungary is ours!" Hungarian police did not intervene, as both groups had been issued permits for use of the public square. Police later apologized for the oversight in issuing the permits to both groups for the same night and location.

German neo-Nazis have vowed to stage a demonstration when Israeli President Moshe Katzav arrives in the country next Tuesday on a state visit. The neo-Nazis are demanding that Germany cease supplying military equipment to Israel, and have paraded in the past under the banner, "Get Their Hands Out of Palestine." The city of Berlin issued a permit for the Tuesday demonstration, and the tiny Jewish community of Berlin has promised a counter-demonstration.