Latest antisemitic incidents in Greece

September 8: At least four banners featuring antisemitic signs were displayed by violent protesters against the Macedonia name deal in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki (h/t Leon Saltiel). They read “Talmud, Qabballah, the Enemy of the Humanity”, “Against New World Order (with a red line erasing the Star of David), “Here Greece, Here Orthodoxy. Death to Zionism” and “Rothschild, your end is coming”.

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“Rothschild, your end ist coming”: One of the antisemitic banners displayed in Thessaloniki. More signs at antisemitism.org.il

Late August: Antisemitic graffiti was sprayed on the wall of a house located in a central street of Sparta. The inscription reads “Death to the Jews” (Θάνατος στους Εβραίους), skalalakonias blog has reported.

Late August: The Ioannina section of leftist “Popular Unity” party opposed in a press release the twinning agreement between the city of Ioannina (northern Greece) and the city of Kiryat Ono calling Israel a “terrorist state”.

August 31: Hate graffiti, propaganda material and several christian symbols were found outside the construction site of a state-funded mosque in Athens, lifo.gr has reported. Some of the flyers posted outside the construction site are clearly antisemitic: “Out with the Freemasons and the Jews” and “All bank are controlled by Zionists,” they read.

August 30: An antisemitic sticker referring to the “Jews and money” stereotype with the slur “Jew dog” was found near the Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki. The sticker was posted by followers of “Father Cleomenis,” a man who dresses as a monk and posts videos of himself on social media vandalizing monuments, most recently the Holocaust memorial in the Central Greece city of Larissa (h/t Racist Crime Watch).

 

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Greek Communist Party calls Israel a “state-killer”

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Demonstrators protesting “the imperialist attack on Syria” in Athens. Screenshot via inter.kke.gr

The Greek Communist Party (KKE) organized a rally in central Athens to protest the US-led airstrikes against Syria on Saturday. The protesters chanted anti-U.S., anti-Nato and anti-EU slogans and even set an American flag on fire right in front of the American Embassy.

The Greek Communist Party issued a statement in which it blasted the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government for “implicating” Greece “deeper in this massacre, on the account of the Greek capital, that is claiming its participation in the distribution of the loot and of the market shares.” It also accused the Greek government of cooperating militarily “with states-killers such as Israel.”

Communist Party chief Dimitris Koutsoumbas has accused Israel of engaging in “genocide” against Palestinians.

“Despite the problems facing our people, we must not underestimate the fact that a genocide is taking place in our neighborhood. Innocent children, women, families are being killed,” Koutsoumbas said during a meeting with former Greek President Karolos Papoulias in Athens four years ago.

 

 

Piraeus Metropolitan Seraphim Sued for Antisemitic Remarks

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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.

Greek anarchists shout “No to the agents of Mossad” near the check-in desks of El Al

Kathimerini reports:

Police early on Wednesday detained 10 suspected members of the anarchist group Rouvikonas – the Greek name for Rubicon – who barged into the departures area of Athens International Airport and started shouting slogans near the check-in desks of Israeli airline El Al.

The protesters shouted “No to the agents of Mossad” and “No tolerance to the bullying of Mossad” as travelers were waiting to check in to their flight.

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Protest flyer thrown by members of Rouvikonas during the anti-Israel protest at Athens International Airport. Source: iefimerida.gr

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Antisemitic banner displayed by members of Rouviconas near the check-in desks of Israeli airline El Al. It reads: “No tolerance to the bullying of Mossad.” Screenshot via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNUvv5PhPU4

 Update: In a posting online, they claim that the security staff working for El Al are Mossad agents and that other Mossad agents are among the passengers during the El Al flights They also stigmatize Israel as the „oppressor“ in the Middle East while considering Palestinians as inherently oppressed.

Anti-Israel banner at Democritus University

Members of Left Anti-capitalist Group (Aristeri Antikapitalistiki Syspirosi) have displayed at the entrance of the Law Faculty at Democritus University (Thrace, Northern Greece) a banner which suggests that Israel is commiting genocide against Palestinians, grassrootreuter blog has reported. It reads: “Not another Holocaust. Solidarity to the Palestinians.”

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Photo credit: MotionTeam / Vassilis Ververidis, undated

The photo featuring the antisemitic banner has been published in the leftwing daily newspaper Efimerida ton Syntakton to illustrate an article about a discrimination issue at Democritus University.

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

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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.

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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.”

Concert organized by ‘Antifa Negative’ & ‘0151’ attacked by anarchists over ‘solidarity to Palestine’

Against Antisemitism – Ενάντια στον αντισημιτισμό received a report that on 16th October a concert organized by antifascist groups ‘Antifa Negative’ and ‘0151’ was attacked by a group of 10 anarchists over ‘solidarity to Palestine’:

stickers-may-2015-2On the 16th of October 2015 a hip-hop concert was organized in the School of Economics (ASOEE) by the antifascist groups of ‘Antifa Negative’ and ‘0151’ in Athens, supported by antifascist and antiracist hip hop bands of ‘second generation immigrants’. The concert was devoted to immigrants of second generation in Greece, and the many problems they face from the Greek state, people that even if they are born and/or raised in Greece, they are not given the Greek nationality and full civil and social rights. The above-mentioned antifascist groups however are also well known because of their explicit struggle against antisemitism, both right and left-wing, in Greece.

The concert was attacked by a group of 10 anarchists in its very beginning. The attackers sprayed some slogans over ‘solidarity to Palestine’, threw flyers condemning ‘the fascist state of Israel’ and while leaving the place beat one of the organizers threatening that ‘they will meet again in the future’.

See the announcement of the antifascist groups [in Greek] after the concert here.

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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):

Greek anti-racist website blames Israel for solidarity with “Charlie Hebdo” and defines Jihadism as a creation of Western Imperialism

peres-je-suis-charlieGreek leftwing anti-racist website “Expel Racism” (“Apelaste to Ratsismo”) published on January 10 an opinion article, in which the authors equate the call of Marine Le Pen for the return of the death penalty and the anti-immigrant hate speech of Antonis Samaras with the solidarity that Shimon Peres expressed to the satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo”. “Expel Racism” blaims Peres for hypocrisy on the grounds that Israel has imprisoned Palestinians and blames all three politicians indistinguishably for trying to incriminate all Muslims.

“Expel Racism” claims in the same article that the Islamic fundamentalism is a creation of western imperialism and accuses Israel for a second time of being its ally. Moreover the authors equate islamophobia with genocidal anti-Semitism and have not even a word of compassion for the four Jewish men who were killed in the kosher grocery siege in Paris. Although “Expel Racism” condemns the murderous attack against “Charlie Hebdo”, it blames the newspaper for racism against Muslims.

Related post: Greek antiracist website reposts article with antisemitic undertones (27/12)

UPDATE: Greek economist suggests that ISIS only gets attention to distract the world from the “Zionist ethnic cleansing” in Gaza

Militants of the Isis group executing dozens of captured Iraqi security forces members at an unknown location in the Salaheddin province. Source: independent.co.uk

Militants of the Isis group executing dozens of captured Iraqi security forces members at an unknown location in the Salaheddin province. Source: independent.co.uk

Greek leftist economist Takis Fotopoulos, who resides in London, has suggested in a recent opinion article, published in the Greek newspaper “Eleutherotypia”, that the videos of the beheadings of ISIS-captives in Iraq are deliberately over-accentuated by the mass media, in order to draw our attention away from the bigger massacre in Gaza and cause Islamophobia as a counterbalance to the rise of Anti-Zionism.

Fotopoulos has also suggested that there is an “international Zionist Elite”, who aims at imposing “fascist anti-racist bills” everywhere and also in Greece. Fotopoulos argues that these “fascist bills” aim at incriminating those who deny that the Jewish Holocaust isn’t the one and only Genocide in History, despite the fact that it is very likely that the Armenian Genocide and the American Indian Genocide have been much more extensive.

[Update: The author of this article has contacted us yesterday and accused us of deliberately distorting his writings. He wants also to consider legal action against us. We have proceeded in some changes in our post, in order to reproduce his writings much more accurately. Yet this changes nothing to the initial content of our post. We still believe that such conspiracy theories have no place in the mainstream European and Greek Medias.]