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Syriza candidate condemned for antisemitic comments

Regional governor candidate in Facebook outburst

In Facebook comments last June that have come to light, Syriza’s Theodoros Karypidis claimed that by lighting candles in a synagogue, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was preparing a new Jewish victory over Greece

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Theodoros Karypidis

There has been widespread condemnation of claims made by a Syriza politician that the name of the country’s new state broadcaster Nerit has Jewish roots and that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s recent visit to Thessaloniki Synagogue was an act threatening Greece.

Theodoros Karypidis, who was selected at the weekend as Syriza’s candidate for the post of regional governor of Western Macedonia, made the comments in a Facebook post on June 15 that came to light on Wednesday.

In the post, Karypidis claimed that the new station’s acronym is linked to the Hebrew word for candle – Ner – and that candles lit during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah celebrate Jewish victory over ancient Greece.

“Samaras is lighting the candles (Nerit) in the seven branched candelabra of the Jews and lighting Greece on fire after his visit to Thessaloniki Synagogue … He is organising a new Hanukkah against the Greeks,” wrote Karypidis, a journalist who has hosted Golden Dawn figures on his local television show.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the American Jewish Committee said it was is “appalled by the antisemitic statements”.

“Vile, outrageous expressions of antisemitism in Greece are coming not only from Golden Dawn on the far right but also, as Theodoros Karypidis’s Facebook post illustrates, from the far left,” said the AJC’s executive director, David Harris.

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A screengrab of Theodoros Karypidis’ comments on Facebook

enet.gr EnetEnglish.gr, 22:28 Wednesday 5 February 2014

Syriza candidate condemned for antisemitic comments

Regional governor candidate in Facebook outburst

In Facebook comments last June that have come to light, Syriza’s Theodoros Karypidis claimed that by lighting candles in a synagogue, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was preparing a new Jewish victory over Greece

Theodoros Karypidis Theodoros Karypidis There has been widespread condemnation of claims made by a Syriza politician that the name of the country’s new state broadcaster Nerit has Jewish roots and that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s recent visit to Thessaloniki Synagogue was an act threatening Greece.

Theodoros Karypidis, who was selected at the weekend as Syriza’s candidate for the post of regional governor of Western Macedonia, made the comments in a Facebook post on June 15 that came to light on Wednesday.

In the post, Karypidis claimed that the new station’s acronym is linked to the Hebrew word for candle – Ner – and that candles lit during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah celebrate Jewish victory over ancient Greece.

“Samaras is lighting the candles (Nerit) in the seven branched candelabra of the Jews and lighting Greece on fire after his visit to Thessaloniki Synagogue … He is organising a new Hanukkah against the Greeks,” wrote Karypidis, a journalist who has hosted Golden Dawn figures on his local television show.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the American Jewish Committee said it was is “appalled by the antisemitic statements”.

“Vile, outrageous expressions of antisemitism in Greece are coming not only from Golden Dawn on the far right but also, as Theodoros Karypidis’s Facebook post illustrates, from the far left,” said the AJC’s executive director, David Harris.

A screengrab of Theodoros Karypidis' comments on Facebook A screengrab of Theodoros Karypidis’ comments on Facebook “Prime Minister Samaras and his government laudably reject these dangerous attacks and recognise the right of the Greek Jews, like all Greek citizens, to live in peace and dignity.”

“Whipping up hatred of Jews, for all kinds of alleged conspiracies, is an all-too-familiar and long-time tactic of political extremists with nothing constructive to offer about real-life issues facing their country,” said Harris.

“It also reveals once again that, for all their purported differences, far-right and -left politicians can have more in common than they might otherwise admit – the capacity for blind hatred, bigotry and demagoguery.” he continued.

In a statement, Pasok, who described Karypidis as a personal choice of Syriza leader Alexis Tspiras, said: “The far right, Golden Dawn sympathisers, antisemites, racists – all have been put at the service of Mr Tsipras to take power. Syriza voters and members will now understand why Mr Tsipras did not want to join with democratic parties to isolate Golden Dawn.”

Responding, Syriza did not comment on the contents of the Facebook post, and said it would not take lessons in “anti-nationalist, anti-racist and anti-fascist beliefs from Mr Venizelos and his dwindling group”.

Greece today has a Jewish population numbering approximately 5,000 in a country of 11 million, having lost the overwhelming majority of its members during the Nazi occupation of the country and deportation to the death camps.

[Karypidis’s telecast with Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris as a guest]

Reposted from Eleftherotypia’s English website

 

 

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