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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:49

The Metropolitan Bishop of Piraeus Seraphim, repeated his fierce anti-Semitic rhetoric in his announcement of April 28, uploaded on the official website of the Archdiocese of Piraeus. This reaction was triggered after the Holy Synod overturned its initial decision to appoint Seraphim as the Greek Orthodox Church’s representative to the ceremony lighting the Holy Light of Easter (taking place  every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem during the Great Saturday). In Seraphim’s place, another Metropolitan, Athinagoras of Ilion, represented the Church in the ceremony.

As a response, in his long anti-Semitic libel announcement, Metropolitan Seraphim claimed that he was replaced because Israel declared him as persona non grata and accused Israel of interfering with the Church’s issues. He also specified that his views are not anti-Semitic but anti-Zionist and that Orthodox Christians stand against Zionism and especially against the wing of Zionism that seeks world domination. Seraphim also quoted the Old Testament and the New Testament, which he interprets through his anti-Semitic and Jew-Hating views, and accused all the other Christian doctrines of being in favor of Jews. He also quoted the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and referred to masonry (and other international organizations) as the arms used by Zionism to secure infiltration and state manipulation.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following announcement, protesting against this new anti-Semitic attack, while NGO Greek Helsinki Monitor filed a lawsuit against Seraphim for anti-Semitism.

KIS ANNOUNCEMENT: Once again we are not surprised with the new delirium of the Orthodox Metropolitan of Piraeus, Seraphim, published in the official webpage of the Archdiocese of Piraeus (here in pdf). Despite his earnest efforts to dismantle the accusations of anti-Semitism, in his lengthy writings he calls anti-Semitism as anti-Zionism, using well known anti-Semitic stereotypes, conspiracy theories and traditional Jew-Hating attitudes, in order to be characterized not as anti-Semite but as anti-Zionist.

We believe that his statements are not compatible with the status of an official of the Greek Orthodox Church, a Church that evokes love and solidarity, neither with the status of a state official who is obliged to remain loyal to the Constitution and the laws of the Greek State.

We are certain that His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos will agree that the hate campaign against the Jewish people is incompatible with the principles and the history of the Greek Orthodox Church.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece kindly asks His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos and the Hierarchs of the Church of Greece to isolate the extreme racist and anti-Semitic views circulating within the Church, which empoison Greek society and undermine the harmonious coexistence of all Greek citizens, regardless of gender, skin color or religion.

 Athens, May 2nd 2017

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece



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