Greek Neo-Nazi Party Targets Leading Jewish Group
Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has once again launched a vicious attack on a leading Jewish organization and has charged that the "Zionists" are in control of United States and Greek policy.
In an article posted on its website, the party condemned the upcoming visit to Washington of Greek Prime Minister Samaras, who will be addressing the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum next month.
The party also posted a cartoon that depicts Prime Minister Samaras sitting on the floor under a bloody AJC logo in front of a caricatured Jew in a chair, reminiscent of horrific, Nazi-inspired cartoons of the '30s and '40s in Europe.
On the wall is a demonized President Obama, portrayed as a religious Jew. Elsewhere, the president is described in racist terms.
"Golden Dawn does not even attempt to camouflage its ideology of hate," asserted Executive Director David Harris. "Indeed, Golden Dawn is crystal clear, and, nearly 70 years after the Holocaust, represents an insidious outlook that cannot be ignored today."
This is not the first time AJC has been attacked by Golden Dawn. Similar vitriolic messages were issued during AJC's last visit to Athens in January, when, as a gesture of solidarity, the organization partnered with the Greek-American community to support medical care for Greeks in need.
"AJC enjoys long-standing and fruitful relations with Greece – with the government, civil society, the Orthodox Church, Greek American leaders, and, of course, the Jewish community in Greece," said Harris. "We are truly honored that Prime Minister Samaras, with whom we stay in close touch, will address our Global Forum. He will reach a large global audience eager to hear from him and show their support for Greece's bright and prosperous future – a future in which the Golden Dawn will, we hope, fade into the oblivion it so richly deserves."
Golden Dawn, which gained 18 parliament seats last year in the country’s national election, has become notorious for its blatant anti-Semitic and xenophobic rhetoric and has been responsible for perpetrating attacks on Jews and foreigners.