Greece: The Jew if you wash him, your soap you will ruin - Anti-Semitism of candidate supported by government and Archbishop
- GREEK HELSINKI MONITOR (GHM)
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23 July 2006
"The Jew if you wash him, your soap you will ruin" - Anti-Semitism of
extreme right Athens municipal candidate with New Democracy's Nikitas
Kaklamanis blessed by Archbishop Christodoulos!
Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) calls upon Athens Mayoral candidate Nikitas
Kaklamanis to exclude Thanassis Mylonopoulos from his ballot. Mr.
Mylonopoulos, in the 23 July 2006 issue of the weekly newspaper "Alpha Ena"
he is the director of, and in his personal page 3, published the crude
anti-Semitic text: "The Jew if you wash him, your soap you will ruin. If we
give them a little more time they'll break Hitler's record, in numbers of
victims we mean. In brutality they've surpassed him." The cover page of the
same issue carried the headline "Jews in the role of the SS."
GHM also calls upon Archbishop Christodoulos, who on 15 June 2006,
"blessed" Thanassis Mylonopoulos along with three other extreme right LAOS
party candidates for the Super-Prefecture of Athens-Piraeus and the
Municipality of Athens, to publicly condemn the comments of the recipient
of his blessings. Their meeting was not announced by the Archdiocese but
was published in "Alpha Ena" on 17 June 2006, along with the announcement
of his candidacy on the Athens ballot under Nikitas Kaklamanis. The
adjacent column stressed the LAOS party's objections to the construction of
a mosque in the Elaionas district of Athens. The article called upon the
"local Metropolitans to lead the reactions that come as new 'Palaion Patron
Germanoi'" [supposed to have led the inaugural meeting in Greece's
liberation struggle against the Ottomans in 1821].
At the same time, GHM calls upon Nikitas Kaklamanis as well as the New
Democracy party leadership, who have accepted LAOS support to ND Mayoral
and Prefectural candidacies, to distance themselves from the extreme right,
xenophobic and racist LAOS party. GHM also calls upon the PASOK party
leadership, who systematically strikes off its rolls members who do not
support official PASOK party candidates, to ask those of its candidates,
starting with Mayor of Kallithea Kostas Askounis, who have accepted LAOS
party support, to disavow this support. Otherwise, these parties will be
seen as fellow travellers with the LAOS party's extreme positions.
Finally, GHM notes that yesterday's anti-Semitic diatribe by the official
organ of LAOS comes as a continuation of the ongoing promotion on LAOS' TV
"Teleasty" by press spokesman Adonis Georgiadis of the book "The Jews, the
Entire Truth," written by Kostas Plevris, also a LAOS cadre. This book is
not only a monument of anti-Semitism but also extols Hitler and Nazism
while expressing its disappointment that the Holocaust did not succeed in
exterminating the entire Jewish people.
On the 32nd anniversary of the restoration of democracy, Nikitas
Kaklamanis, Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, George Papandreou and
Archbishop Christodoulos, are called upon to publicly condemn racism and
those who propagandize it.