Far-right Golden Dawn MP calls Israel ‘eternal enemy’ of Greeks


Golden Dawn MP Christos Pappas wearing a nazi fez (tn: actually this “fez” was part of the uniform of the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar) and a T-Shirt calling for “Uprising For An Independant Palestine.” Via I Can’t Relax In Greece & Abravanel, the Blog


Via The Times of Israel

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos called on the Justice Ministry to take action against a neo-Nazi lawmaker after he made anti-Israel comments in parliament.

Speaking during a debate in parliament on Monday, Christos Pappas, from the Golden Dawn party, called Israel an “eternal enemy of Greece and Orthodoxy,” a reference to Greece’s official church.


Kammenos has himself in the past been criticized for anti-Semitic comments, after claiming in 2014 that Greek Jews paid fewer taxes than other Greeks, but since taking up the position of defense minister has overseen increasingly warm ties with Israel.

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  • The leader of the right-wing Independent Greeks Party, Panos Kammenos, is not the only Greek politician who has been accused of disseminating antisemitic rumors or trivializing the Holocaust. To mention but two examples: Dimitris Kammenos of the Independent Greeks Party was forced to resign after receiving ministerial post in September 2015 over an outcry about a series of anti-Semitic and homophobic tweets. Panagiotis Sgouridis, another Independent Greeks MP, abused the memory of the Holocaust in June 2015 by mentioning Gaza during a speech about the murdered Jews of Kavala and saying that “victims become bullies.”
  • Syriza Party has called Israel’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza two years ago “a crime against humanity”. Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled met with Dimitris Papadimoulis, Syriza MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament, in its headquarters in Brussels in February 2016. Syriza, a left-wing party that despite its past support for the Palestinians has sought to strengthen ties with Israel, has called Khaled in a statement issued after the meeting an “activist with a historical role in the Palestinian Resistance.”

Vice-President of the EU Parliament and Syriza MEP meets with Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled


Papadimoulis with Khaled on February 10, 2016 (Photo via http://syriza.eu/images/PAPADHMOULIS/PapadimoulisHaled.jpg). Khaled poses in scarf with the PFLP logo: Inside a red circle, a black arrow points from a white semi-circle to a map of Israel and the territories. Below the arrow, on the right side, is a green dot. The arrow symbolizes the return of Palestinian refugees. Red symbolizes the group’s Marxist-Leninist heritage. Description via http://archive.adl.org/terrorism/symbols/popular_front_pa1.html

Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled met with Dimitris Papadimoulis, Syriza MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament, in its headquarters in Brussels on February 10, 2016. Leila Khaled was accompanied by a PFLP delegation. Syriza, a left-wing party that despite its past support for the Palestinians has sought to strengthen ties with the Jewish state, has called Khaled in a statement issued after the meeting an “activist with a historical role in the Palestinian Resistance.”

Khaled is member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Palestinian Marxist-Leninist and nationalist organization founded in 1967. PFLP is considered as a terrorist organization by the Council of the European Union, since its members have carried out numerous hijackings, assassinations, bombings and paramilitary operations against civilian and military targets in Israel. Khaled herself has been involved twice in airline hijackings and is an active supporter of the BDS movement.

One can therefore raise the question over the legitimacy of the visit of the PFLP delegation at the EU Parliament. How can it be that the delegation of a terror group obtained the right to enter the EU Parliament and meet with its Vice-President? Does Syriza seek to compensate the ongoing cooperation between Greece and Israel with an implicit tolerance of Palestinian radicalism?

After her visit to the EU Parliament in February, Leila Khaled has launched a tour of Germany, Sweden and Austria, meeting with Palestinian communities and supporters of the Palestinian cause. In Wuppertal, Germany, she spoke in a Greek restaurant together with a speaker who has justified terror attacks against Jews in Israel. During an event in Vienna, Austria, she accused Israel of being responsible for “a Holocaust” against the Palestinians and justified the ongoing knife attacks on Israeli citizens.

A letter to the editor concerning the incident in the Aegean flight A3 928 to Tel Aviv

Against Antisemitism – Ενάντια στον αντισημιτισμό republishes a letter to the editor of Zoe Dorit Eliou, passenger of the Aegean flight A3 928 from Athens to Tel Aviv, in which she criticizes the coverage of the incident involving Israeli passengers in Huffingtonpost.gr. Zoe Dorit Eliou refutes the accusations of racism as follows:

Boeing_737-33A,_Aegean_Airlines_AN0387722Dear Editor,

the article you wrote about the 1/4/15 incident on the Aegean flight from Athens-Tel Aviv was completely distorted and one sided as I was on the plane and this not what I saw or experienced.

Indeed, there was tension and anxiety that began already in the waiting hall, before embarkation. The reason for that had to do with the behavior of one of the men (I did not see the other one) which was very provocative and frightening. He looked at us with a chilling hostility and cold smile that was ominous. He wore a military type shirt, waited to embark last and seemed ready for a disturbance.

The passengers sat down, and some people very quitely and discretely approached the crew which refused to address the situation. As a result, some people wanted to get off the plane as it was ready to leave. There was a commotion but no screaming or fighting. Most everybody sat down or was just raised in their seats to observe what was going on. There was a language barrier as many of the Israelis did not speak English and the crew was not particularly reassuring but rather derogatory in Greek (I speak Greek, English and Hebrew fluently). The 2 passengers were taken off and there was a cursory security check on the overhead items.

Later the security agent told me that there was a canine examination of the luggage before boarding but he did not communicate that in English to the passengers. In fact, he gave me permission to say so in Hebrew. Finally the security agent was screaming at the Israelis that if they did not like it they could get off and buy a ticket elsewhere. He was rather rude. The security did not explain that the 2 passengers were further investigated and they were ok and blamed the Israelis that they, the Israelis, were the only reason they were taken off.

I regret to say that your article is divisive, and reflects poor and one sided journalism which further polarizes the situation between the two traumatized nations. You clearly had an agenda, since the article did not speak to any of the passengers, except the crew and amnesty international.

Profiling is indeed an awful way to relate to one another as human beings and yet as humans under stress we resort to very primal judgments. The context is always important before we judge a reaction, and the overreaction of the passengers was not without a context. There were many other passengers on the flight that looked “arab” on the plane but they were not hostile or provocative. I hope you can amend your article to include a more balanced and whole story, rather than a presentation of an agenda.

Sincerely, Dr. Eliou

Source: huffingtonpost.gr (5/1/2016)

Dr. Eliou sent to us the following additional remark:

Please note that no one knew the nationality of the 2 passengers ahead of time. Also, Aegean offered them to leave the flight, pay for their hotel and fly them the next day. They were not forcibly removed from the flight. I thought that if everything checked out they should have continued the flight and whoever objected could have left themselves. I think Aegean made a mistake by removing them and offering them an alternative accommodation and flight, and then blaming it on the Israeli passengers, almost like a set up. In addition, passengers tried to communicate with them to break the ice but they refused to speak. I felt the article had an agenda. I think it was unfortunate but could have been easily resolved with some communication between the passengers so that everyone cold relax.

Greek FM Nikos Kotzias supports recognizing “Palestine”


FM Nikos Kotzias (2013)

In a recent speech in Parliament during the debate on the budget for 2016, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said Greece “supports – with no ifs ands or buts – the creation of a Palestinian state. It maintains brotherly relations with the Palestinian people, and the Hellenic Parliament will soon, it is my hope, recognize Palestine.” He also announced that he recently signed “a decision committing the whole of the Greece public sector to refer to Palestine as Palestine in all cases.”

Kotzias defended then the “sincerity” and the “straightforwardness” of his “multidimensional policy”: “As soon as we see the Americans, we are pro-American. Next, in Moscow, they call us pro-Russian. We go to China, we are called pro-Chinese. In Iran, pro-Iran, and so on. The truth is simple: We defend the country’s values, interests and rights everywhere and at all times, without exception.”

Back in June 2015, Greek FM referred to his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki as “His Excellency, the foreign minister of Palestine” during a press conference in Athens and promised to create a “Friends of Palestine” group in the European Union. The Times of Israel also reported that Greek PM Alexis Tsipras mentioned the “State of Palestine” in a tweet about his meeting with al-Maliki. The tweet was deleted a few hours after it was posted and replaced with a similar tweet that merely referred to “Palestine.” Tsipras’s diplomatic adviser also called the Israeli embassy in Athens and apologized for the use of the term “State of Palestine.”

Greek vocalists cancel their performance with Idan Raichel after BDS pressure

Raichel_Kotsiras_TsaligopoulouYannis Kotsiras and Eleni Tsaligopoulou, amongst Greece’s most popular singers, were to join on stage the famous Israeli musician Idan Raichel on November 4th in the Gazarte venue, in central Athens. “A celebration of the Mediterranean soul” was one of a series of cultural events scheduled to take place in order to mark the 25th anniversary since the start of Greece’s and Israel’s diplomatic relations.

Only a few hours before their appearance, the two Greek vocalists announced on their official Facebook pages [Kotsiras] [Tsaligopoulou], that they won’t participate in the scheduled concert in Gazarte. They didn’t specify the reason of this cancellation. Idan Raichel nevertheless performed alone.

What happened? Two days before the concert, the small far-left Trotskyist group “Internationalist Movement Against The War” (Greek: “Antipolemiki Diethnistiki Kinisi”, abbreviated ADK) called upon both Greek artists not to perform with someone who “supports the Israeli torturers”. Furthermore, ADK suggested that the state of Israel aims to use cultural events in order to promote a positive image of the country, while it “persecutes” the Palestinians and the Israeli workers.

Other posts on the same blog refer to “Nazi-Zionists”.

The ADK call has been reposted by the pro-BDS website info-war.gr. The owner of info-war.gr is Greek journalist and filmmaker Aris Chatzistefanou, a participant of the “Gaza Flotilla” who has accused former PM George Papandreou of “slavish submission” towards Israel. Among the coalition organizations participating in the “Gaza Flotilla” was radical Islamic organization IHH (Insani Yardim Vakfi, IHH, “humanitarian relief fund”).

Many fans of Yannis Kotsiras and Eleni Tsaligopoulou reacted enthusiastically on Facebook to their messages of cancellation. Others strongly protested their decision accusing especially Y. Kotsiras of hypocrisy (he has already performed in Israel).

  • Idan Raichel’s opinion regarding torture (NB: “Captain George” is IDF interrogator Doron Zahavi):

Λαφαζάνης: Η Ελλάδα είναι «δορυφόρος του αμερικανο-ισραηλινού Μεσανατολικού άξονα»

Βαθιά και αξιοπρεπής υπόκλιση Λαφαζάνη στον επικεφαλής της Gazprom.

Βαθιά και αξιοπρεπής υπόκλιση Λαφαζάνη στον επικεφαλής της Gazprom.

Ενώ στελέχη της κυβέρνησης παρευρέθηκαν στον εορτασμό των 67 χρόνων από την ίδρυση του Ισραήλ και των 25 χρόνων πλήρων διπλωματικών σχέσεων με την Ελλάδα, τονίζοντας μάλιστα την αναγκαιότητα της περαιτέρω σύσφιξης των σχέσεων των δύο χωρών, έτερος υπουργός απειλεί σε άρθρο του τα «αδίστακτα κατεστημένα κέντρα σε Βερολίνο, Βρυξέλλες και ΔΝΤ» όχι μόνο με GREXIT αλλά και με γενικότερη στροφή σε χώρες εκτός Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης, ιδιαίτερα τη Ρωσία. Με αυτόν τον τρόπο,

η Ελλάδα του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ θα πάψει να είναι αμερικανοατλαντικό οικόπεδο, γερμανικό φέουδο ή δορυφόρος του αμερικανο-ισραηλινού Μεσανατολικού άξονα και δεν θα είναι χώρα που θα προσφέρεται για πώληση, ιδιωτικοποιώντας τους στρατηγικούς τομείς της οικονομίας της, τις στρατηγικές επιχειρήσεις της, τις στρατηγικές υποδομές και τα στρατηγικά της δίκτυα. (Παναγιώτης Λαφαζάνης, Να απομονώσουμε την «Πέμπτη Φάλαγγα», περιοδικό CRASH, 29.04.2015)

Να δούμε ποιος θα μας προφυλάξει από τέτοιες ολοκληρωτικού και τριτοκοσμικού τύπου μεθοδεύσεις.

Syriza supports recognising Palestine

The Greek government is committed to recognising Palestine, said Syriza MEP Sofia Sakorafa. EurActiv Greece reports.

In an interview with EurActiv Greece, the lawmaker [sic] said that 138 countries within the UN are in favour of the request to upgrade the Palestinian Authority to a state, and dozens of national parliaments have already done so.


“There is a fixed commitment of the Greek government to recognize Palestine as a state […] I estimate that very soon the Greek government will also raise the issue. Schematically-speaking, once it takes a breath from the suffocation,” Sakorafa underlined, referring to the tough negotiations between Athens and the so-called “Troika” on the future of the cash-strapped country.

Read the rest on euractiv.com

Read also: 1. ΑΠΟΚΛΕΙΣΤΙΚΟ: Πάγια δέσμευση της ελληνικής κυβέρνησης η αναγνώριση της Παλαιστίνης, ανοίγει «πολύ σύντομα» το θέμα (euractiv.gr, 03.04.2015), 2. Greek MEP Sofia Sakorafa believes that Israel imposes apartheid in Gaza (Video).

Greek MEP Sofia Sakorafa believes that Israel imposes apartheid in Gaza (Video)

Sofia Sakorafa with Yasser Arafat, 2004. Source: https://twitter.com/SofiaSakorafa/status/489878904875024384

Sakorafa became a Palestinian citizen in 2004 and applied at the last minute for a berth on the Palestinian Olympic team at the age of 47. Photo via twitter.com/SofiaSakorafa/status/489878904875024384

Sofia Sakorafa, Greek Eurodeputy representing the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), has criticized the recent European Parliament resolution on Israel-Palestine after the Gaza war and the role of the EU and said that this motion represents a “distortion of reality” on the grounds that Israel is the “conqueror” and Palestinians “the resisting”, that “there’s military cleansing by an occupation army” and that “there’s an apartheid imposed” in Gaza. Sofia Sakorafa made also a comparison between the crimes of the Nazis and “the atrocities of Israel” and argued that “the redemption of the Germans came when they looked right in the eye this black page of their history”, whereas there is need not to “allow history to cite the atrocities of Israel, with words and terms that incubate their repetition.”

Syriza fully identifies itself with the Palestinian cause, and their party platform explicitly calls for an end to Greece’s defense cooperation with the “aggressive” Israel, even though on Friday his foreign affairs advisor tried to take a softer stance. Tsipras’ party colleagues and his own inner circle have repeatedly attacked Israel and the “Zionists”, claiming that they are not anti-Semitic, just anti-Zionist. […] Sofia Sakorafa, a confidante who has rubbed shoulders with Hamas, and a celebrated former Olympic athlete, requested and received Palestinian citizenship a few years ago, in a bid to represent Palestine in the Olympic Games, when she was well into her 40s. (Sabby Mionis: Greece’s Jewish voters are faced with an impossible choice, daily “Haaretz”, Jun. 10, 2012)

Desde Grecia, Akí Salonika para Radio Sefarad: “El rescate” de Karina Lampsa y Yakov Schiby & 15 de marzo de 1943, In Memoriam (13/3/2014)

grecia 83 ARRIBADesde Grecia Akí, Salónika* se realiza en memoria de Sabby Cohen Z”L (1903-1944 Monastir, Salónica, Auschwitz) mártir de la Shoá. Recuerda el sufrimiento y honra la vida de su amada esposa Germain (Ζermain) – Matalón – (1910), Salónica.

15 de marzo de 1943 – 2013 – 70 aniversario de la primera deportación de tesalonicenses judíos hacia los campos de la muerte. En la madrugada del 15 de marzo de 1943 partiría el primer tren desde Salónica hacia Auschwitz-Birkenau con 2.800 tesalonicenses judíos. En menos de cinco meses, casi la totalidad de los miembros de la comunidad judía de Salónica sería deportada. Menos de 2.000 de ellos sobrevivirían. Hoy recordamos la memoria de los Martires de la Shoá, de los miles de niños, jóvenes, padres y madres, abuelos y abuelas, familias enteras exterminadas por las fuerzas nazis durante la II Guerra Mundial. Hoy cuando las fuerzas del odio, intolerancia, racismo, discriminación, antisemitismo protagonizan en la arena política europea es nuestro deber repetir una vez: Nunca jamás. Hace un año en Salónica les rendimos homenaje* a todos y cada uno de ellos. Con su violín Stadrivarius el maestro Ivry Gitlis y Alexandros Halapsis evocaron las voces y sonrisas de los niños ,jóvenes y todos aquellos que nunca regresaron.

“EL RESCATE” H διάσωση. Entre 1939 y 1943, cientos de miles de judíos fueron atrapados en más de 400 guetos en los territorios ocupados de Europa Oriental. En el verano de 1944, todos los guetos se vaciaron y la mayoría de los prisioneros fueron exterminados. Καρίνα Λάμψα, Ιακώβ Σιμπή. Καπόν. ¿Pudo el rabino Korets evitar la aniquilación de la comunidad judía de Salónica, ¿por qué fueron rescatados los judíos que se habían reunido en Atenas?; ¿quién organizó la operación de rescate en el mar Egeo con acuerdos entre los servicios secretos británicos, la Agencia, etc.? Una edición minuciosa con excelente material fotográfico y documentos que ven la luz por primera vez. Una nueva narrativa sobre la persecución y el rescate de los judíos en el Tercer Reich, cambiando los estereotipos y los mitos. Nuevas fuentes de reflexión sobre los griegos judíos en los años de ocupación, la resistencia en los campos de trabajo y exterminio.

Εl rescate, Karina Lampsa

Yakov Schiby. Η διάσωση. Η σιωπή του κόσμου, η αντίσταση στα γκέτο και τα στρατόπεδα, οι Έλληνες Εβραίοι στα χρόνια της Κατοχής. ]ESP[

Kaminos de Vida con Dolly Hassid (2ª parte). Νació el 18 de Diciembre de 1928. Hija de Victor Menase y Lilly Amarillo, nieta de Sol. Su padre era ingeniero, avagar avagar después de una hazinura se enamoró de su madre. En 1943 al ingresar al gueto su vida trokó. Dolly rekodra en lengua djudeo-española, ladino, momentos hermosos de su vida, la skola, sabores, guizos… en su chiquez le plazia komer las dulzuras en el balkon… [LAD] [ESP]

-Escuchan: “Lagrimas vertere” – Victoria Hazan (Esmirna1896?-199? Nueva York) de los archivos de Mario Yehaskel Haskil.

-E. Bloch. “Nigun” de la Suite” Baal Shem”. “Esperanza” (Hatikva). Interpreta Ivry Gitlis y Alexandros Halapsis con María Francisca Rocca Arbeláez, Maria Anastasiadou, Despina Kornilaki, Ioannis Iakovoglou, Stefanos Arzoumanidis, Dimitrios Kakkos. Orquestación, Jean Christophe Charron. Asistencia de Elias Frezis.

Purim-Grecia, Halkis – Menashe Cohen. Recorded by: Amnon Shiloah -Halkis, 1970. Yc 277 Purim Jewish National and University Library-National Sound Archive –David and Fela Shapell Digitization Project.

-Creditos fotos: Dolly Hassid-Archivo Dolly Hassid . FB. Rollos )Meguilá) libro de Esther. The Magnes Collection

Interfaith Intercultural Dialogue Group* (Encounters) under one sky. Award Marca Colombia 100 Colombianos 2012- Ángela María Arbeláez copyright. Nuestros agradecimientos a Rosa Beja.

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Desde Grecia, Akí Salonika para Radio Sefarad: Ventanas Altas de Saloniki & Rekodrando a Benjamin Capon (1927-2013 Salonika) (23/1/2014)

ventanas_altas_de_salonikiDesde Grecia Akí, Salonika * se realiza en memoria de Sabby Cohen Z”L (1903-1944) Monastir, Salónica, Auschwitz mártir de la Shoá. Recuerda el sufrimiento y honra la vida de su amada esposa Germain (Ζermain) -Matalón-(1910), Salónica.

Escuchan del álbum “VENTANAS ALTAS DE SALONIKI”. dos obras del repertorio moderno del siglo XX. Universidad de Haifa, Facultad de Musica. Editora y productora, Prof. Shoshana Weich-Shahak. Co-productor Yuval Shaked., 2013

“Ya sabes ke yo so ninya kurnasa”, lo que deben responder a sus pretendientes).[LAD]

“Siete días encerrados” En la voz de Orit Perlman. [LAD]

Voces : Orit Perlman, Kobbi Zarco. Asaf. Talmudi, Acordeon, Idan Toledano , Guitarra.

Kaminos de Vida : Benjamin Capon (14-7-1927 – 2013) Z” L. Sobreviviente de la Shoa. Hijo de Hasdai y Vida. Padre de Vivian y Hasdai. Con las voces de Benjamin e Yvon Capon. 2da.parte (2010). [LAD] [GR]

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Rekodrando a Benjamin Capon