Independent Greeks party leader Panos Kammenos
Independent Greeks party leader Panos Kammenos Reuters

A Greek politician has come under fire after saying that Greek Jews don't pay taxes, at a time of particular tension for the country's small Jewish community.

Panos Kammenos, who leads the right-wing Independent Greeks Party, made the comment Monday in an interview on the Antenna television channel.

He was slammed by Jewish communal leaders, who called on Kammenos to officially apologize for his "serious anti-Semitic act," according to JTA.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece said it categorically refutes" the accusation, noting that Jewish institutions in the country had the same tax regulations as Christian ones.

"It is a disgrace that a leader of a party in Parliament does not know that Greek Jews are equal citizens and subject to the all the rights and obligations of every citizen," the the statement read.

Kammenos's inflammatory comments come just days after a drive-by shooting at the Israeli embassy in Athens, an act condemned as "terrorism" by the Greek government and believed to have been the work of left-wing extremists.