Four Men Arrested For Vandalizing Holocaust Memorial In Kavala

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Kavala Mayor Dimitra Tsanaka in front of the destroyed Holocaust memorial, 30/3/2017 via kavalapost.gr

Police say they have arrested four men who used hammers to smash the marble veneer on the Holocaust memorial in Kavala three months ago.

All four men are Greek citizens, aged 40, 29, 22 and 20 years, local media have reported.

The Kavala Holocaust Memorial was dedicated on June 7, 2015 after city officials postponed its original dedication, saying they opposed the Star of David on the memorial.

 

Athens Holocaust memorial defaced with graffiti

The Holocaust memorial in Athens was defaced with graffiti probably on Friday. The graffiti reads: “Hello, my name is thanatos [death].” Photos of the vandalism were posted on the Facebook Group The Jewish Heritage in Greece (see photo below).

In recent years, the monument has suffered repeated vandalisms.

Erected in 2010, the monument commemorates the 59,000 Greek Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. It represents a broken Magen David, with each of the broken pieces representing the lost Greek Jewish communities. The names of the communities are engraved in the marble piece pointing in the direction where they once existed (via).

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Athens Holocaust memorial, 7/7/2017. Photo credit: Eleni Gkika (via The Jewish Heritage in Greece)

Anti-Semitic Greek comedian has central role in play to be staged in ancient theater of Epidaurus

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Tzimis Panousis during a show with a t-shirt depicting the Star of David intertwined with a Nazi swastika.

Via European Jewish Press

By Viktor Eliezer

A well-known anti-Semitic comedian in Greece, Tzimis Panousis, will have the role of Trigaios, a peace maker in Ancient Athens, in the theatrical play ‘’Eirene’’ (Peace) by Aristophanes that will be staged in  the ancient theater of Epidaurus.

Tzimis Panousis was quoted as saying last week in an interview to the daily “To Vima”, that “we the Greeks are the new Jews of the season. Then the Nazis choose the Jews, now the Neo-Nazis, the blue family of Shoible, have chosen us, the Greeks”.

Panousis used to call the Jews as “jewdeonazis” and in 2013 issued a poster to promote his performances, in which the Star of David was identified with the Nazi swastika.

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Tzimis Panousis and antisemitism:

  1. Panousis: There are no good Jews (Abravanel, 23/6/2009)
  2. Satirist Tzimis Panousis under fire over poster (Kathimerini, 25/02/2013)
  3. Greece: Jewish community upset about comic’s poster (World Jewish Congress, 26/02/2013)

Greek leftist columnist denounces antisemitism surveys and demonizes Israel (once again)

Via kis.gr

In an article published on the news site enikos.gr (May 10, 2017), entitled “In bloody ink”, journalist and cartoonist Stathis (Stavropoulos) denounces attempts to incriminate criticism against Israel that present it as anti-Semitism in order to annul such political criticism. The article is accompanied by a cartoon which pictures free opinion killed by Israel. The article and cartoon were Stathis response to the publication of a survey on Anti-Semitism in Greece which shows high rates of anti-Semitic feelings in Greece.

In a statement, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expressed the outrage of the Greek Jewry at Stathis’ antisemitic libel:

[…] And it is obvious for us that even the sharpest criticism against the policy of the Israeli Government has nothing to do with Anti-Semitism. However, when -according to a recent research, 65% of the Greeks agree with the opinion that “Israel treats the Palestinian exactly as the Nazis treated the Jews”, then all –politicians and journalists alike- need to take responsibility for reproducing the industrialized propaganda of delegitimization of the State of Israel.

“Traditional Anti-Semitism” defies and demonizes the personal right of every Jew to live as an equal member of the society. “New anti-Semitism” defies and demonizes the collective right of the Jews to live as an equal nation in the land of Israel, among the society of Nations.

Stathis’ writing and the accompanying cartoon qualify him as a genuine representative of both traditional and new anti-Semitism. It is a pity!

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Relevant:

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Ariel Sharon dressed like a Nazi with a swastika on his arm stating “Fascism is not only the logic of killing, but primarily killing logic” appears on the cover of Stathis Stavropoulos’ collection of cartoons “The anti-fascist, anti-racist [cartoons]” (Athens 2016).

Piraeus Metropolitan Seraphim Sued for Antisemitic Remarks

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Metropolitan of Piraeus Seraphim (source: wikipedia)

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece reports:

The Metropolitan Bishop of Piraeus Seraphim, repeated his fierce anti-Semitic rhetoric in his announcement of April 28, uploaded on the official website of the Archdiocese of Piraeus. This reaction was triggered after the Holy Synod overturned its initial decision to appoint Seraphim as the Greek Orthodox Church’s representative to the ceremony lighting the Holy Light of Easter (taking place  every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem during the Great Saturday). In Seraphim’s place, another Metropolitan, Athinagoras of Ilion, represented the Church in the ceremony.

As a response, in his long anti-Semitic libel announcement, Metropolitan Seraphim claimed that he was replaced because Israel declared him as persona non grata and accused Israel of interfering with the Church’s issues. He also specified that his views are not anti-Semitic but anti-Zionist and that Orthodox Christians stand against Zionism and especially against the wing of Zionism that seeks world domination. Seraphim also quoted the Old Testament and the New Testament, which he interprets through his anti-Semitic and Jew-Hating views, and accused all the other Christian doctrines of being in favor of Jews. He also quoted the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and referred to masonry (and other international organizations) as the arms used by Zionism to secure infiltration and state manipulation.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following announcement, protesting against this new anti-Semitic attack, while NGO Greek Helsinki Monitor filed a lawsuit against Seraphim for anti-Semitism.

El Maleh Rachamim prayer in Holocaust Memorial ceremony in Ioannina, Greece (2014)

Cantor Haim Ischakis performs El Maleh Rachamim at the Kahal Kadosh Yashan Synagogue in Ioannina, Greece. The video was recorded on Sunday, March 30, 2014 during the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony for the remembrance of the 70 years since the Nazi deportations of Greek Jews. More than 500 people from all over the world, including foreign Diplomats and local dignitaries, attended this moving ceremony organized by the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) and the historical Romaniote local Jewish Community.

Articles about the ceremony:

Greece’s Romaniote Jews remember a catastrophe and grapple with disappearing (JTA)

Greece’s Last Romaniote Jews Remember a Catastrophe (JTA)

Η ΕΡΤ 1 προβάλλει το κάψιμο του Ιούδα

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Ιδιαίτερα περήφανος για το “συγκριτικό πλεονέκτημα” της θάλασσας.

Στο κεντρικό δελτίο της 16ης Απριλίου, το κρατικό κανάλι προέβαλε το αντισημιτικό έθιμο του “καψίματος του Ιούδα”, πιο συγκεκριμένα κατά τη διάρκεια ρεπορτάζ για την αναβίωση πασχαλινών εθίμων “σε κάθε γωνιά της Ελλάδας” (βλ. σχετικό βίντεο, 37’23” και εξής). Δόθηκε, μάλιστα, ιδιαίτερη έμφαση στο “συγκριτικό πλεονέκτημα” της θάλασσας που επιτρέπει την καύση του Ιούδα “πάνω σε ειδική σχεδία” (Τυρός Κυνουρίας). Λίγο πριν (30’00” και εξής), είχε γίνει αναφορά στην ανατίναξη του ομοιώματος του Ιούδα-Τραμπ στην Πόλη του Μεξικού.

Διαβάστε επίσης:

Racist Crimes Watch: Φεστιβάλ αντισημιτισμού 2017: πανελλαδικό “κάψιμο του Ιούδα/Εβραίου” (14/04/2017)

Against Antisemitism: Κάψιμο του Ιούδα σε όλη την Ελλάδα, σα να μη συμβαίνει τίποτα (7/4/2015)

Holocaust memorial in Kavala restored after vandalism

tsanaka-mnimeio-evraioi-vandalismos-900x1200A Holocaust memorial in Kavala that suffered an act of vandalism last week, when unknown persons used hammers to smash the marble coating on the memorial, has been meanwhile restored by the municipality of Kavala, local media reported.

Kavalapost.gr also reported that the police are examining CCTV footage of the attack.

The Kavala Holocaust Memorial was dedicated on June 7, 2015 after city officials postponed its original dedication, saying they opposed the Star of David on the memorial.

Greece: Holocaust memorial destroyed in Kavala

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Kavala Mayor Dimitra Tsanaka in front of the destroyed Holocaust memorial, 30/3/2017 via kavalapost.gr

A Holocaust memorial in Kavala, northern Greece, has been partially destroyed in a deliberate act of vandalism, kavalapost.gr reported today. The attack occured only a few days after the desecration with paint of the Holocaust monument in Arta.

The municipality of Kavala has condemned the vandalism promising to fully restore the monument and take the necessary measures to apprehend those responsible.

Though guarded by the police during the night, this is the second vandalism of the newly erected Kavala Holocaust memorial: Just two weeks after the unveiling ceremony on June 7, 2015, the monument was desecrated by a blue paint attack.

Update, 31.03.2017: The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece has expressed in a statement its “deep concern: these acts of desecration show in an obvious way that anti-Semitism -an antisemitism almost without Jews-, racism, and intolerance survive and lurk everywhere in every moment. Every moral, political or other act of legitimation of the nostalgic pro-Nazis increases the risk of the revival of anti-Semitism and of the expansion of such incidents that threaten the values of a modern and democratic society and darken the prestige of our country. Prosecutors should take all necessary measures to arrest the vandals responsible and bring them to justice.” (full statement here)

Relevant: Vandals smash Holocaust memorial in northern Greece (ekathimerini.com, 30.03.2017)

Greece: Holocaust memorial vandalized in Arta

A few days after the municipality of Arta hosted a ceremony in remembrance of its old Jewish Community, unknown vandals desecrated with paint and the inscription “Yolo” the monument to the Holocaust victims in Arta. The monument is located in front of the Byzantine castle.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) on Thursday condemned the antisemitic attack in Arta. An English version of the KIS statement is available here.

The Romaniote Jewish Community of Arta was one of the oldest in Greece. Just before WW II, Arta had about 500 Jews, of whom only 352 lived in the town when the Germans rounded up the members of the community and deported them to the extermination camps. Only 30 survived to return to the town, together with 28 more who had fled and hid in the surrounding villages. (more)

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The Arta Holocaust memorial. Source: kis.gr