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Greek-Israeli glad to have helped expose ‘neo-Nazi’ party

Businessman Sabby Mionis, the subject of anti-Semitic rhetoric last week, demands apology from Greek parliamentarian who belittled him

By / June 11, 2013

A Greek-Israeli businessman who was subject to anti-Semitic rhetoric last week by a Golden Dawn parliamentarian said he is happy to have helped reveal the true neo-Nazi nature of the party.

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Greek-Israeli businessman Sabby Mionis (photo credit: Amanda Borschel-Dan/Times of Israel)

At a June 7 committee meeting, Golden Dawn parliament member Ilias Kasidiaris — as quoted on the party’s English website – called Sabby Mionis “the Jew Mionis” who “refused to testify in the Committee of the Greek Parliament, because ‘holocaust’ deniers are part of it [the committee]! Of course they are a part of it.”

The committee was investigating alleged misconduct of the former finance minister of Greece, George Papaconstantinou.

According to Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL’s national director, in a press release following the incident, “Mr. Kasidiaris was clearly referring to himself as the Holocaust denier in his hateful rhetoric since he is the only Golden Dawn member of the committee… No Jew anywhere should be compelled to engage with Holocaust deniers and Mr. Mionis’ decision is certainly understandable and we commend him for his stance.”

Mionis made aliya to Israel in 2006 and is active in numerous philanthropic endeavors including Tel Hashomer Hospital, March of the Living, scholarship programs and the Diaspora Museum, and he sits on the board of governors of the Jewish Agency.

“It is completely Kafka-esque,” Mionis told The Times of Israel on Tuesday. “You always read that there are these things against Jews in different places, but until it happens to you — it’s completely insane. A parliament member can deny the Holocaust and there’s no provision in the government to prosecute him.”

Mionis — whose grandfather was killed at Auschwitz, whose 102-year-old grandmother is a Mengele survivor, and whose mother and aunt were hidden children during the Shoah — has been refusing to testify before Holocaust deniers in a seven-month Greek financial scandal in which he has been involved…

(Read the rest of the report on the website of Times of Israel: http://www.timesofisrael.com/greek-israeli-glad-to-have-helped-expose-neo-nazi-party/)

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