Opposition party of the Left “SYRIZA” uploaded a political video spot, entitled “How much does Moses Cost?” on the party’s website, facebook and You Tube channel, on June 19, 2020. The video, was produced in an attempt to criticize the Government’s funding of the mass media during the pandemic.
The reference to Moses in the video was strongly condemned by the Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (ESIEA), the frm. President of the Athens Jewish Community Minos Moissis, the Secretary General of KIS Victor Eliezer and many prominent journalists. KIS issued the following announcement (June 22, 2020):
«When we watched SYRIZA’s political spot “How much does Moses cost?” we wondered how was it possible for a party with a determining contribution to the fight against antisemitism to reproduce antisemitic stereotypes in order to serve its opposition policy, linking Moses with the money falling down from the sky as the “manna from heaven”.
Three days after its launch the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its regret over the fact that -in spite of the massive reactions- SYRIZA did not withdraw this spot, with its only reaction being that of characterizing it as “satiric”.
Read the full statement here.
Read the statement in Greek here.
2 thoughts on “Political spot with reference to Moses condemned by Central Jewish Council of Greece”
According to your following post I would like to inform you that the first person who “named” Prime Minister Mr. Mitsotakis as the new Moses was Mr. Mavridis a reporter of the site Liberal.gr very friendly to the political party which governs today.
In the text you may find the sentence:
“Ο Κυριάκος καλείται ως νέος Μωυσής να βρει λύσεις”
translated as “Kyriakos (prime minister) is called as new Moses to find solutions”
Government spent 20 million € in sites and reporters, so the question in the spot is where they gave all this money.
How much Moses costs means how much the Prime Minister costs.
Nothing anti-Semitic in the spot according to many people and my self.
Member of the Jewish Community of Athens
Thank you Roza, it would be also interesting to read Minos Moissis’ second facebook post about the difference between a positive reference to Moses (in liberal.gr) and the use of the said Prophet with a negative connotation (in a political spot): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3204083859630755&set=a.523292777709890&type=3&theater. I think, this is the point.