Not sure what to say besides crazy antisemitic conspiracy theorists are crazy.
ATHENS, Greece — A politician from the main opposition party in Greece caused an uproar after posting an anti-Semitic rant on his Facebook page accusing the Greek prime minister of heading a Jewish conspiracy.
Theodoros Karypidis, the left-wing Syriza Party’s candidate for governor of Western Macedonia, said Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was at the head of a Jewish plot to visit “a new Hanukkah against the Greeks.” […]
H/T to @Gus_802 for bringing this story to my attention via a RT.
Note: This article is from last year, a fact that I overlooked until late last night and have just now gotten a chance to address. The candidate who went on the antisemitic rant was dropped by Syrzia a few days later. Please see the update timestamped 1/26/15 9:53:29 am for more info.
It appears the party in the article above, Syriza, has won in the national elections.
ATHENS — Greece rejected the punishing economics of austerity on Sunday and sent a warning signal to the rest of Europe as the left-wing Syriza party won a decisive victory in national elections, positioning its tough-talking leader, Alexis Tsipras, to become the next prime minister.
With 60 percent of the vote counted, Syriza had 36 percent, almost eight points ahead of the governing center-right New Democracy Party of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who had conceded defeat. The only uncertainty was whether Syriza would muster an outright parliamentary majority or if it would have to form a coalition. […]
This is obviously not good news for Jews living in Greece.
Additionally, while trying to find out what Greece’s Jewish population is, I came across another antisemitic story form this month, this one coming from a right-wing politician.
ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — A Greek government official has been forced to clarify that Greek Jews do pay taxes and have the same obligations as every citizen.
“Greek citizens of Jewish faith pay their tax normally like all Greeks and do not enjoy any exemption or extra burden because of their religion,” said Giorgos Kalantzis, the Education Ministry’s general secretary for religion.
Last month, right-wing politician Panos Kammenos said in a television interview that Jews don’t pay taxes. […]
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece also has a whole slew of recent stories on antisemitism at their website.
Last but not least, goddamnedfrank provided me with a link to the ADL Global 100 Survey, which is an index of antisemitism. Here’s the info for Greece—as you can see, the index, at 69%, is quite high. Higher even than Iran (56%), believe it or not. There’s also a PDF of the report’s Executive Summary available for download:
H/T to Skandal for providing population stats in the comments.
re: #4 Skandal
As of 2012, the Jewish population of Greece was 4,500. 0.04% of the total population. According to Jewish Population of the World
When I posted the original article I didn’t realize was nearly a year old. For the record, Syriza dropped Karypidis after receiving widespread condemnation:
The left-wing Syriza party said that after weighing “all the facts,” Theodoros Karypidis would no longer be its candidate for governor of Western Macedonia in upcoming local elections.
A new candidate will be chosen soon, said the terse statement released Monday from the party’s political secretariat. It did not include a condemnation of Karypidis’ statements. […]