Daily Israel Report

Golden Dawn Attacks AJC's David Harris For Greece Visit

Neo-Nazi party: American Jewish Committee's visit is an attempt to exert "Jewish influence over Greek political issues."
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 1/27/2013, 5:38 PM

neo-Nazi rally in Greece
neo-Nazi rally in Greece
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The Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn decried a recent visit to Greece by the American Jewish Committee (AJC), calling it an attempt to exert "Jewish influence over Greek political issues." 

A statement released Thursday evening by the Golden Dawn party, which has become notorious for its blatant anti-Semitism and xenophobia, went on to assail AJC Executive Director David Harris and predict that Greece's political leadership "will once again express its total subjugation to the whims of the ‘chosen’ people."

Despite the hostile reception, Harris said that the “anti-Semitic diatribe of the Golden Dawn thugs didn't dampen our visit one iota.”

"If anything, these statements reveal once again the true nature of these individuals, and serve to highlight the stark difference between their vile rhetoric and the vast majority of Greek society, and certainly the present Greek leadership,” said Harris. “The officials we saw here in Greece, beginning at the top with the prime minister, could not have been stronger in their resolve to forge a new and brighter future for Greece.”

"In our meetings, we consistently heard expressions of profound respect for the U.S. Administration, deep commitment to the Greek-Israel relationship – which officials here refer to as a 'strategic choice' – and fierce condemnation of all forms of racism and xenophobia," added Harris.

The Golden Dawn party, which claimed 18 of Parliament’s 300 seats in the national elections, campaigned under the slogan “So we can rid the land of filth” and frequently holds anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic rallies.  

It also displays copies of “Mein Kampf,” as well as other works on Greek racial superiority at party headquarters, as party leader Nikos Michaloliakos has often claimed that Nazi concentration camps did not use ovens and gas chambers to exterminate Jews during the Holocaust.