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.
December 30, 2016
An entertainment company in Greece canceled a game in which players use clues to escape from a room themed around the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
The Rubicon agency, which is located in the northern Athens suburb of Galatsi, in recent weeks advertised the Auschwitz “escape room” on social media. Jews and non-Jews complained it was disrespectful to Holocaust victims, the left-leaning news site Protagon reported Tuesday.
Reached by Protagon, a spokesman of the firm responsible for the game said it had been scrapped and that the decision to create it did not take into account “that this could cause offense.”
Read full story here.
- Another “escape room” in Thessaloniki called “Schindler’s List” invites players to save “the life of hundreds of innocent people.” [via]
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.
[English text: CFCA / source: Against Antisemitism blog]
In a post on Facebook, Mr Isaac Alhanati accuses vandals for making an attempt to destroy the monument at the Jewish cemetery in Thessaloniki (located at the Observatory Park of the Thessaloniki University). The photograph we publish with the permission of Mr. Alhanati shows severe damage caused to the menorah on the monument. The memorial has been vandalized in December 2014 – just weeks after the inauguration ceremony – with the slogan “Free Palestine”.
Photo courtesy of Isaac Alhanati, Thessaloniki, November 2016
The monument in memory of the old Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki was unveiled on Sunday, November 9, 2014:
[h/t Andrea Gilbert]
Απόπειρα καταστροφής του Μνημείου σε ανάμνηση του Εβραϊκού Νεκροταφείου της Θεσσαλονίκης (πάρκο του Αστεροσκοπείου του Α.Π.Θ.) από βανδάλους καταγγέλλει ο κ. Ισαάκ Αλχανάτης με ανάρτησή του στο Facebook. Η φωτογραφία που δημοσιεύουμε με την άδεια του κ. Αλχανάτη δείχνει σοβαρές ζημιές στη μενορά του μνημείου. Υπενθυμίζουμε ότι το μνημείο έχει ήδη υποστεί βανδαλισμό το Δεκέμβρη του 2014 – λίγες μόνο εβδομάδες μετά τα αποκαλυπτήρια – με το σύνθημα “Free Palestine”.
Θεσσαλονίκη, Νοέμβρης του 2016. Φωτογραφία: Ισαάκ Αλχανάτης
Greece regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Greece’s Criminal Code contains a general penalty-enhancement provision for hate crimes. The Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the State Security headquarters of the Greek Police collect hate crime data.
The Greek Helsinki Monitor and the Racist Violence Reporting Network (RVRN) reported a physical assault and two incidents of vandalism targeting Jewish cemeteries. The Greek Helsinki Monitor, the RVRN, the Kantor Center and the European Centre for Democracy Development reported two additional incidents of vandalism in which Holocaust memorials were vandalized with graffiti, one of which was also reported by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The Kantor Center reported two additional incidents of graffiti.
Find the full data for 2015 here.