Citizens of Thessaloniki fill the Holocaust memorial with flowers in response to recent desecrations

With a flower in hand, citizens of Thessaloniki gathered in the afternoon of July 4, 2018, in front of the Holocaust Memorial at Liberty Square to protest recent vandalisms of the monument.

Tryfon Kalamitsis July 2018

Photo courtesy of Τρύφων Καλαμίτσης (Thessaloniki, July 4, 2018)

The Holocaust Monument in Thessaloniki was defaced with red paint in the night of Wednesday June 27, 2018. According to authorities and press reports, perpetrators may have been participants in a rally held earlier that day outside the Macedonia-Thrace Ministry to protest the name deal signed between Athens and Skopje. (via

At the beginning of the year, the Holocaust memorial in Thessaloniki was desecrated with “Free Palestine” graffiti. Only days after this desecration, the memorial was again vandalized, this time by Greek nazis with “Golden Dawn” graffiti.


Silent protest to be held at the Jewish Cemetery of Athens

Nikaia_2018Vandals desecrated the Jewish section of an Athens cemetery on Friday night, destroying nine marbre memorial stones. The headstones appear to have been kicked over and then smashed to pieces.

The President of the Jewish Community of Athens, Minos Moissis, described the scene as “repulsive”.

[…] This is not the first time we see the result of a degrading act at our Cemetery but it is the first time we see such act was organized and planned in part of the Cemetery that is not visible from the neighboring houses and with incredible fury. The view of the results of this abominable act causes us deep sorrow and anger.

The Jewish Community of Athens will exercise all the legal means at its disposal, the first steps have already been taken by the police authorities that immediately came to the collection of clues.

But besides the Law, we call upon all the institutions of the State and the City, the Justice, the Religious and Spiritual Authorities of the country and the Civil Society, to condemn unambiguously and without reservation this desecration and to stand with absolutely zero tolerance against such phenomena of violence and intolerance. There is no worse sign of a society’s moral decline than desecration of a Cemetery and disrespect for the dead.

It is not just an act that concerns only our Community and is recorded as one of the most violent and significant anti-Semitic events of recent years in Greece. It is about an act that brutally affects the whole of society, the values and principles of a favored state.

For these reason, we ask everybody to exhaust every effort to never allow such acts against anyone.

(announcement by the Jewish Community of Athens)

The Jewish Community of Athens is organizing a silent protest at the cemetery this Sunday, May 13th, at noon.


Σιωπηρή διαμαρτυρία στο Εβραϊκό Νεκροταφείο της Αθήνας



Μετά την πρόσφατη ενέργεια βεβήλωσης στο Εβραϊκό Νεκροταφείο της Αθήνας, η Ισραηλιτική Κοινότητα Αθηνών καλεί σε εκδήλωση σιωπηρής διαμαρτυρίας την ερχόμενη Κυριακή στις 12 το μεσημέρι στο χώρο του Νεκροταφείου.

Σε αυτή τη διαμαρτυρία είναι επιβεβλημένη και η συμμετοχή μη Εβραίων πολιτών. Ας θυμηθούμε τι έχει πει η Άννα Φραγκουδάκη σε ομιλία της στα Γιάννενα: «Ο αντισημιτισμός δεν είναι μόνο αντιεβραϊσμός, είναι το βασικό θεμέλιο όλων των διακρίσεων και ρατσισμών. Άρα δεν αφορά τους Εβραίους Έλληνες αλλά όλους: σε μια κοινωνία, που έστω ανέχεται τον αντισημιτισμό, κανένας δεν είναι ασφαλής και άρα η ενεργητική καταπολέμησή του από μη Εβραίους δεν είναι αλτρουισμός, είναι αυτοπροστασία.»


Δώστε το παρών

Θα βρείτε την πρόσκληση στη σιωπηρή διαμαρτυρία κάνοντας κλικ εδώ: Invitation.


Greek Police arrest members of Nazi group “C18 Hellas”


Credit: The Jewish Community of Athens (

Greek Counter Terrorism Police arrested 11 suspected members of violent Nazi group “C18 Hellas” last week, during an operation in greater Athens and two provincial towns.

The suspects are allegedly members of the Greek branch of the extreme right wing group “Combat 18” also known as “C18”, which operates in various countries.

A 35-year-old gas station employee from Ioannina, northwestern Greece, is believed to have led the group, reports.

“C18” is responsible for bombing attacks against anarchist and migrant related targets and has ties with another violent Greek Nazi group named “Unaligned Meander Nationalists” (Greek abbreviation: AME). Many Greek news outlets failed to mention that both organisations have signed numerous desecrations of Jewish Monuments and Cemeteries in Greece:

  • Oktober 2015: The entrance of the Jewish Cemetery in Nikaia (an area outside Athens) was vandalized with threatening graffiti featuring nazi symbols. “C18 Hellas” posted pictures of the vandalism online, claiming responsibility for the action.
  • December 2014: AME members scrawled swastikas and threats on the wall of the Jewish Cemetery of Larissa, posting photos of their action online.
  • Oktober 2014: AME left its signature on the Athens Holocaust Monument.
  • Oktober 2012: Desecration of the Holocaust Memorial of the Jews of Rhodes. The monument is located in the Old City and the perpetrators painted with paint all six sides, while they painted the swastika, adding the initials AME.

The case (that led to the Greek police counter-terrorism unit acts) was filed after complaints by Greek Helsinki Monitor, based also on articles by XYZ Contagion blog.

For more information: Greece: Violent fringe Nazi groups dismantled, by Panayote Dimitras (14/3/2018,

The two face artists

The two face artists
by Jean Cohen Friday 8.9.2017

I read that well-known Israeli singer Jasmine Levy has invited Greek singer Yiannis Kotsiras for a series of three concerts in Israel on the 25th 26th and the 28th of October this year. So far so good.

The wheels start coming off the wagon, when you realize that Kotsiras is not exactly what could be called pro-Israeli. On the contrary. Taking under consideration his behavior on the 25th of November 2015 I would classify him as anti-Israeli.

At the time Mr Kotsiras along singer with Eleni Tsaligopoulou were invited to appear at a concert organized by the Israeli embassy in Greece along with Israeli singer Idan Raichel.

A few hours before the opening of the concert the two Greek artists canceled their appearance. Exactly why they canceled was never explained, officially at least, since no announcement was made by the two singers.

Yet, from various posts on anti-Israeli blogs and sites, one could arrive to one of two conclusions, either they canceled because they disapproved of the treatment of Palestinians in Gaza, or they canceled because a few days before Israeli singer Raichel complimented the IDF, an act considered by them an abomination!!!

But the subject of this article is not Kotsiras or Tsaligopoulou, not even their unprofessional conduct of canceling their appearance a few hour before the curtain went up. As a matter of fact, their conduct should concern any music hall that would want to hire them in the future.

My subject is the two face Greek artists.

They are all willing to perform in Israeli and see their bank accounts get bigger and bigger, but they are very unwilling to say anything good about Israel once they return. On the contrary, they are more than willing to participate in any anti-Israeli activity be that a rally, a performance, or a mass protest against the “murderous state” Somebody must remind them of the saying “you cannot serve two masters”

Then same behavior can be found, by other artists as well, to name a few. Mikis Theodorakis (composer of Zorba the Greek) play writer Jacob Kampanelis (writer of the Ballad of Mauthausen) who declared publicly that he will never allow his work to be performed in Israel, until of course a few years  later he heard the figure involved and agreed.

Not to mention Stelios Kazantzidis who appearing in a Greek court and latter also on TV said “only I and Arafat are fighting the Jews”

Should I remind you of George Dallaras that so angered the Israeli public by his standard appearance in so many anti-Israeli concerts that they started breaking his records in public.

In all fairness I must remind my readers that the darling of the Israeli public Greek singer Elpida was the only one that I know of, there might be others too, that every time she came back from a concert in Israel she had nothing but praises for the country. And let us not forget that the 80’s was the most dark and frightening decade for Greek Israeli relations.

I wonder all these two face artist, and I’m sure there are more, what do they think when they look themselves in the mirror in the morning. How do they rationalize this kind of behavior?

What does their conscience say? Who do they think they are playing for fools? The Israelis or the Palestinians? Most probably they are sure they played both sides for suckers, before taking a quick glimpse at their fat bank account.

I have much more respect for the genuine anti-Semitic and anti-Israelis that are fighting Israel, with no “buts, reservations, footnotes etc.” than these kind of artists that want to “have the cake and eat it too”

After all it is a matter of personal ethics and morality regardless of the amount of money.

Four Men Arrested For Vandalizing Holocaust Memorial In Kavala


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

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.


Piraeus Metropolitan Seraphim Sued for Antisemitic Remarks


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.

Thessaloniki is changing

Dimitrios Tsermenidis, president of the Union of Public Transportation Workers of Thessaloniki uttered during a general assembly that «Jews are responsible for crucifying Christ», «This hall has the name Benaroya because God made a mistake by creating Jews» & «Unfortunately Hitler did not complete his work». Tsermenidis’ antisemitic rant was unequivocally condemned by other organizations present. Read more:

Abravanel, the Blog

“Unfortunately Hitler did not complete his work”

The history of Thessaloniki, (Salonica/Saloniki), is the history of the Jews and a small example of this can be seen in the travails of the main hall of the Workers Center of Thessaloniki (EKT) named after Avraham Benaroya. Who was Benaroya ? He is the grandfather of the modern greek workers movement by being the main personality behind the Federacion, the first socialist organization created in ottoman Salonica in 1909. When Salonica became part of the Greek State during the Balcan Wars he played a pivotal role in the incorporation of the Federacion into a new political formation called SEKE which would later become the Communist Party of Greece.

benaroya_family Abraham Benaroya and his family, most of them exterminated in Auschwitz. On the top left corner his son Lazarus who died as a corporal at the 50th Regiment on 30/1/1941 during…

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Σέλφι και αντισημιτισμός

Στα τέλη του περασμένου μήνα, αρκετές ενημερωτικές ιστοσελίδες στην Ελλάδα αναπαρήγαγαν την είδηση του πρωτότυπου αντιπερισπασμού Βελγίδας μουσουλμάνας σε συγκέντρωση βελγικής ακροδεξιάς οργάνωσης στην Αμβέρσα. Διαβάζουμε στη Lifo:

Η 22χρονη Zakia Belkhiri στάθηκε μπροστά στους συγκεντρωμένους ακροδεξιούς της οργάνωσης Vlaams Belang και πόζαρε για σέλφι μαζί τους ενώ μπήκε και ανάμεσα τους για να βγάλει χαμογελαστή κι άλλες φωτογραφίες. Μάλιστα σε κάποιες από αυτές εικονίζεται να κάνει και το σήμα της νίκης μπροστά τους αμήχανους συγκεντρωμένους που δεν αντέδρασαν.

Οι φωτογραφίες με τα ειρωνικά σέλφι της Belkhiri διαδόθηκαν αστραπιαία στο διαδίκτυο κι έγιναν αποδεκτές διθυραμβικά ως μια αποτελεσματική αντίσταση στο ρατσισμό. Η ίδια η Belkhiri τόνισε σε σχετική συνέντευξή της ότι με αυτή την κίνηση θέλησε ν’ αναδείξει τη σημασία της ειρηνικής συνύπαρξης, εν ολίγοις “this was just to share joy and peace“.

Ωστόσο, λίγες μέρες μετά τη δημοσίευση των φωτογραφιών, το BBC αποκάλυψε ότι η συγκεκριμένη ακτιβίστρια είχε αναρτήσει στο παρελθόν μηνύματα μίσους κατά των Εβραίων που θα ζήλευε και ο Πλεύρης:

In one tweet dating from November 2012, she wrote: “Hitler didn’t kill all the Jews, he left some. So we know why he was killing them.”

And in another Facebook post from March 2014, she used an expletive to describe Jews before adding: “I hate them so much.”

Με λίγα λόγια, αν τυγχάνει να είσαι Εβραία/ος, η ρητορική της συνύπαρξης πάει περίπατο. Η αντιφατική στάση της Belkhiri δεν είναι ασφαλώς μεμονωμένη περίπτωση. Το ευρύτερο αντιρατσιστικό κίνημα επιδίδεται εδώ και δεκαετίες σε επιλεκτικό αγώνα κατά των διακρίσεων έχοντας υιοθετήσει πλήρως τις κραυγές για καταστροφή του Ισραήλ και μποϊκοτάρισμα των ισραηλινών προϊόντων. Στη Μεγ. Βρετανία, όλο και μεγαλύτερος αριθμός φοιτητών εκφράζει ανοιχτά την αντίθεσή του σε ψηφίσματα που τονίζουν τη σημασία της μνήμης του Ολοκαυτώματος, με τη δικαιολογία ότι με αυτόν τον τρόπο άλλες γενοκτονίες δεν αποτιμώνται όσο θα έπρεπε.

Η αποκάλυψη του BBC για τις αντισημιτικές απόψεις της Belkhiri αγνοήθηκε στην Ελλάδα. Από τις ιστοσελίδες που ασχολήθηκαν με το θέμα, καμιά δε μπήκε στον κόπο να ενημερώσει τους αναγνώστες της, αν και θα όφειλε.  


Πίσω από τις «εξοντωτικές» σέλφι, ο αντισημιτισμός της εξόντωσης. Screenshot via

Σχολιάζοντας την αρνητική κριτική που προέκυψε μετά τις αποκαλύψεις, η Belkhiri κατέφυγε στην κλασική υπεκφυγή του σύγχρονου αντισημιτισμού: Δεν εννοούσε τους Εβραίους αλλά τους Σιωνιστές.



ΥΓ: Ελάχιστης προσοχής έτυχε η σαφής αποστασιοποίηση του μουσουλμάνου Δημάρχου του Λονδίνου Sadiq Khan από πρόσφατες αντισημιτικές δηλώσεις συντρόφων του στο Κόμμα των Εργατικών. Ο Khan υπέγραψε μάλιστα την διακήρυξη των Δημάρχων κατά του αντισημιτισμού.

Τα απομνημονεύματα των Σερζ και Μπεάτε Κλάρσφελντ

Via Kapon Editions

Έφτασαν μια ανάσα πριν την απαγωγή του πρώην αρχηγού της Γκεστάπο στο Παρίσι. Κατεδίωξαν τον «άγγελο του Θανάτου», τον γιατρό Γιόζεφ Μένγκελε. Είδαν τη ζωή τους να μεταφέρεται στη μεγάλη οθόνη. Και τώρα διηγούνται την ιστορία τους για πρώτη φορά στα ελληνικά…

Τα απομνημονεύματα των Σερζ και Μπεάτε Κλάρσφελντ -έκδοση που χαρακτηρίστηκε στη Γαλλία ως ιστορικό και εκδοτικό γεγονός- [κυκλοφορούν] από τις Εκδόσεις Καπόν.