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!
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).
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.
Around 400 supporters of the schismatic Esfigmenou monastery on Mount Athos rallied in Thessaloniki to protest the recent conviction of the monastery prior and another monk to twenty years imprisonment each for construction, possession and usage of Molotov cocktails during an eviction of the order’s administrative offices in 2013.
The protesters displayed a huge antisemitic banner reading “Judeo-Masonry wages war on Greece and Orthodoxy.” [see photo below]
Antisemitic rally in Thessaloniki, 19/02/2017. Via thestival.gr
Earlier this month, protesters (zealots, football fans and Nazis) gathered outside Parliament in Athens to decry the conviction of the zealot monks chanting “Hands off the Orthodoxy” and “Jews out of Parliament.” [watch video below, 0’18’’] Golden Dawn MP Giannis Lagos was also part of the rally.
During a rally that took place at Athens’s Propylaia in February 2016, the excommunicated abbot of Esfigmenou monastery warned the Jews of a “Greek Hitler” that might come.
Via AthensLive News & The Editors Daily
A video footage from 2005 has emerged showing nearly the entire Golden Dawn leadership (Michaloliakos, Kassidiaris, Panagiotaros, Germenis, Matthaiopoulos and others) participating in a concert featuring Nazi salutes, the Nazi German war flag & the singing of the first verse of “Deutschland über alles.”
The slogans chanted from the crowd are the classic hate cries of the Hitler movement and are shouted in German: “Sieg Heil!” and “Juden raus!” (Jews out). They are raised in honour of two German Nazi performers, Michael Müller and Annett Müller. As the crowd shouts “Juden raus” Michael Müller interrupts them to say, in English: “Not only out. But exterminated.”
The footage appears on Marsia Tzivara’s documentary “Burning from the Inside.”
Greek journalist Dimos Verykios recently made antisemitic comments during the morning show “Happy Day” of Alpha TV channel. More precisely, he stated (watch video below, 20’05”-20’57”):
“The world money is concentrated in three centers: they are actually dominating the planet. One center is the banks, the global banking system. Through this banking system, two main centers are ruling the game. One of these centers is the Jewish lobby, powerful, extremely powerful in America and elsewhere! In all big deals, one will meet a Jew! Or a mason!”
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece in a statement condemned Verykios’ antisemitic comments and demanded apology from the Greek reporter:
“We expect that he will realize his big mistake and apologize to the audience for the promotion of these unsubstantiated and false accusations, which do not inform at all the public but instead lead to misinformation and encourage anti-Semitism in Greece.”
Two days ago, Dimos Verykios denied on Twitter any “antisemitic intention” and claimed that he just said the “truth: The world money is owned by the banks-Jews-Masons”.
A Muslim religious figure of Xanthi, Imam Erkan Azizoglou (of the village of Glafki) posted on his facebook account (December 4, 2016) hate anti-Semitic comments. The Imam wished for the fires that burst out in Israel not to be put out! In response to the reaction caused by his statement and the comments posted on line (asking not to make parallels between the State and the people who live in it) the Imam debated that “All the Israelis are the same. They are all as a monster that is fed on blood”. With these hate comments, totally inappropriate for a religious leader, Erkan Azizoglou threatens peaceful coexistence among Greek citizens regardless of religion in this sensitive region. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece is always in alert to fight against anti-Semitic rhetoric expressed by any part.
Athens December 19, 2016
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
– The apology of Imam Azizoglou on the website of the Racist Crimes Watch (Jan. 7.2017): On January 7, 2017, Imam Azizoglou posted an apology on the website of the Racist Crimes Watch (of the NGO Greek Helsinki Monitor). The Imam notified that he erased his comments from his facebook account and apologized to those offended. The comment also reads: “The legitimate condemnation of the Israeli policy towards the Palestinians should not include elements that offend the majority of the population of the country based on its ethnic and religious identity”.
Iraklion, January 2nd, 2017. Photo: Watch: Antisemitism in Europe. Scroll down for higher resolution.
Members of the “Watch:Antisemitism in Europe” project have found walls covered with hateful graffiti in central streets of Iraklion (Agiou Mina Str. & Dikeosinis Str.), the capital of the island of Crete.
The slogans may have been daubed by different individuals and they target the Americans (red writing, see photo above), the Pope, the Jehovah’s Witnesses & the LGBT people (the words “syko” meaning “fig” & “ftera” meaning “wings” are associated to “diavoloi” meaning “devils”). There are also references to the Athens Polytechnic uprising in 1973 and the Greek Communist Party (KKE). The Star of David has been painted along with an anarchist, a peace and a euro currency symbol. A Venus symbol has been painted in the Star of David. A Mercury symbol figures nearby.
It seems that nobody in Iraklion is disgusted until now by these messages of hate.
O Ερκάν Αζίζογλου, ιμάμης στο χωριό Γλαύκη του Δήμου Μύκης της Ξάνθης, προέβη σε δηλώσεις μίσους εναντίον των Εβραίων. Συγκεκριμένα, με πρόσφατη ανάρτησή του στο facebook (4.12.2016), ο Ερκάν Αζίζογλου ευχήθηκε να μην σβήσει η πυρκαγιά που έπληξε το Ισραήλ, και, στην συζήτηση που προκάλεσαν οι δηλώσεις του, συμπλήρωσε ότι: «όλοι οι Ισραηλινοί είναι το ίδιο, ο καθένας τους ένα τέρας που τρέφεται με αίμα». Με αυτές τις δηλώσεις μίσους, εντελώς ανάρμοστες για έναν θρησκευτικό λειτουργό, ο Ερκάν Αζίζογλου δυναμιτίζει την ειρηνική συνύπαρξη μεταξύ των Ελλήνων πολιτών ανεξαρτήτως θρησκεύματος, σε αυτήν την ευαίσθητη περιοχή. Το Κεντρικό Ισραηλιτικό Συμβούλιο Ελλάδος, επαγρυπνεί πάντοτε εναντίον κάθε ρητορικής αντισημιτικού μίσους από οπουδήποτε κι αν προέρχεται.
Αθήνα, 19 Δεκεμβρίου 2016
Κεντρικό Ισραηλιτικό Συμβούλιο Ελλάδος
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Update, 30/11: Οι εκδόσεις Πατάκη μάς ενημέρωσαν ότι διέγραψαν τα σχόλια μίσους κάτω από το διαφημιστικό τους βίντεο.
Το Racist Crime Watch επισημαίνει αντισημιτικά σχόλια που αναρτήθηκαν πρόσφατα κάτω από διαφημιστικό βίντεο των εκδόσεων Πατάκη για το μυθιστόρημα “Ο θείος Αβραάμ μένει πάντα εδώ” της Έλενας Χουζούρη. Το μυθιστόρημα πραγματεύεται όχι μόνο το εβραϊκό παρελθόν της Θεσσαλονίκης αλλά και “τις ευθύνες του ντόπιου πληθυσμού, […] την αδικία, που ακολούθησε μετά το τέλος του πολέμου και την αρπαγή των περιουσιών από τους καλοθελητές”, όπως επισημαίνει ο Γιώργος Μπασαγιάννης.
Τα εν λόγω αντισημιτικά σχόλια δεν έχουν αφαιρεθεί ακόμα από τη σελίδα facebook των εκδόσεων Πατάκη. Μπορείτε να στείλετε σχετική έκκληση-διαμαρτυρία εδώ ή απευθείας στη σελίδα τους στο facebook.
Ο αντισημίτης χρειάζεται ελάχιστα πράγματα. Μια πέτρα, ένας δρόμος, μια ανάπλαση αρκούν για να διεγείρουν τη μετάθεση ευθύνης και τη μνησικακία. Όλα συνδέονται μεταξύ τους: τα πρόστιμα που έκοψε ο δήμος Θεσσαλονίκης το 2015 με το State Department και ο εμπρησμός της Συναγωγής των Χανίων με την παγκοσμιοποίηση.
Κοντά στη Συναγωγή των Μοναστηριωτών έχει τοιχοκολληθεί το παρακάτω σημείωμα που αποδίδει την επικείμενη ανάπλαση της οδού Συγγρού στην πρόθεση του “μυστικιστή” δημάρχου Θεσσαλονίκης “να ανταμείψει τους Εβραίους για τον πατριωτισμό τους”.
Φωτογραφία: Σοφία Χριστοφορίδου, 10/11/2016