Report: Anti-Semitism in Greece today

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Via Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Greece

Abstract

The report presents the results of two opinion surveys conducted in Greece, in June 2014 and January 2015, on the issue of antisemitism in the country. After a brief discussion on the meaning and origins of the phenomenon of antisemitism, the study presents an overview of its manifestations in the Greek society, in particular politics, the Church and the media. A detailed presentation of the findings of the two surveys follows, which measure antisemitic attitudes in the Greek society and correlate them with factors such as gender, age, political opinion, education, church affiliation but also trust, cosmopolitanism, belief in conspiracy theories and victimhood. The results confirm previous studies and assumptions that antisemitism in Greece is very high (around 70%), the highest percentage in Europe. The report ends with recommendations on how the government and the Greek society as a whole should act systematically against this scourge.

Authors: Giorgos Antoniou, Spyros Kosmidis, Elias Dinas and Leon Saltiel

The report is available only in Greek here.

Supporters of schismatic monks display antisemitic banner in Thessaloniki

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]

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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.

Footage shows Greek Nazis chanting ‘Sieg Heil’ & ‘Juden raus’

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Screenshot via efsyn.gr

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.”

More information

The footage appears on Marsia Tzivara’s documentary “Burning from the Inside.”

Greece: Antisemitic comments during popular morning show

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”.

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The Jewish Community of Ioannina in the spotlight: Two exhibitions in Athens

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“The Jewish Community of Ioannina – The Memory of Artefacts” 
This exhibition highlights historical aspects regarding the daily life of the old Romaniote Community of Ioannina, combining the information with photographic material and authentic objects from the J.M.G. collections, which are presented to the public for the first time, but also with unique artefacts kindly loaned by private individuals.

Joseph Eligia, the Poet of the Lake
This interactive exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to become acquainted with the era, the life and the work of the great scholar and poet from Ioannina, and encourages them to develop a reciprocal dialogue with him, based on the poems and the translations of the holy texts, which he bequeathed us.

The aim of the periodic exhibitions and the related cultural activities is to present the public with elements from the life and traditions of one of the smaller, but yet oldest Jewish communities in Greece, and also to explore its individual and collective contribution to the enrichment of the local urban and social transformations.

The exhibitions are accompanied by a bilingual catalogue, as well as educational programmes specially designed for students.

The exhibitions will be hosted by the Jewish Museum of Greece from January 23 until September 25, 2017.

Inauguration: Monday, January 23, 2017 at 19:00. Open House: 18:00 – 21:00

More information here.

«Η Εβραϊκή Κοινότητα των Ιωαννίνων – Αντικειμένων Μνήμη»
Αναδεικνύει πτυχές της ιστορίας και της καθημερινής ζωής της παλιάς ρωμανιώτικης κοινότητας των Ιωαννίνων, συνδυάζοντας τις πληροφορίες με φωτογραφικό υλικό και αυθεντικά αντικείμενα από τις συλλογές του Ε.Μ.Ε. που παρουσιάζονται για πρώτη φορά στο ευρύ κοινό, αλλά και με πρωτότυπα κειμήλια υπό ευγενική παραχώρηση ιδιωτών.

«Γιοσέφ Ελιγιά, o Ποιητής της Λίμνης»
Αυτή η διαδραστική έκθεση δίνει στους επισκέπτες την ευκαιρία να γνωρίσουν την εποχή, τη ζωή και το έργο του σπουδαίου γιαννιώτη διανοούμενου και ποιητή και τους ενθαρρύνει να αναπτύξουν μια διαλογική σχέση μαζί του, βασισμένη στα ποιήματα και τις μεταφράσεις των ιερών κειμένων που μας κληροδότησε.

Στόχος των περιοδικών εκθέσεων και των συνδεόμενων πολιτιστικών δράσεων, είναι να παρουσιάσουν στο κοινό στοιχεία από τη ζωή και την παράδοση μιας από τις μικρότερες, αλλά και συνάμα παλαιότερες εβραϊκές κοινότητες του ελλαδικού χώρου, και να διερευνήσουν την ατομική και συλλογική προσφορά της στον εμπλουτισμό των τοπικών αστικών και κοινωνικών μετασχηματισμών.

Τις εκθέσεις συνοδεύει δίγλωσσος κατάλογος, καθώς και ειδικά σχεδιασμένα εκπαιδευτικά προγράμματα για το μαθητικό κοινό.

Οι έκθεσεις θα φιλοξενηθούν στο Εβραϊκό Μουσείο της Ελλάδος από τις 23 Ιανουαρίου έως τις 25 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017.

Εγκαίνια: 23.01.2017, 19.00. Διάρκεια Εκδήλωσης: 18:00 – 21:00.

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες εδώ.

Greece: Imam rejoices over the recent fires in Israel – he then apologizes

Via kis.gr

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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

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Related:

 – 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”.

“Escape room” invited players to escape Auschwitz “before being turned into ash”

Via JTA

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.

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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]

Attempt to destroy the monument at the Jewish cemetery in Thessaloniki

[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”.

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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:

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Source: kis.gr

Hate crimes in Greece in 2015 – the OSCE / ODIHR report

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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.

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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.

Read more

Find the full data for 2015 here.

Also relevant:

Antisemitic banner at Syntagma Square, Athens

Athens – Supporters of The Greek Popular Association led by Artemis Sorras (Αρτέμης Σώρρας) gathered at Syntagma Square on Sunday and urged people “to sign for freedom.”

One of the signs had clear antisemitic content referring to “any Zionist ideology”, as opposed to “Greek values”. [via CFCA & Against Antisemitism blog]

The picture below shows a supporter in the middle wearing a banner which reads:

“The Greek Popular Association opposes fascism and any other kind of Zionist ideology and anything being against Greek values (freedom, justice, harmony etc.)”

The other two banners refer to the Sorras’ promise to single-handedly end Greece’s debt. [more]

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Source: iefimerida.gr. Photo credit: EUROKINISSI/Stelios Misinas

Also relevant: Antisemitic exclamations at an event on the Central Square of Ioannina (August 2016)