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ANTISEMITIC FRONT-PAGE TITLE OF THE NEWSPAPER MAKELEIO – REACTIONS BY THE GENERAL SECRETARY FOR RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS AND THE GREEK JEWRY Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 November 2020 12:02
Daily “Makeleio”, known for frequently publishing incendiary anti-Semitic articles, on November 10, 2020, circulated with yet another anti-Semitic front-page title related to the announcement made by Albert Bourla, the CEO of the Pfizer pharmaceutical company, on the upcoming vaccine for covid. The front-page (as well as the teaser of the on-line Makeleio.gr)  is illustrated with the photo of the Nazi doctor Josef Mengele next to the photo of Dr. Bourla whose Jewish faith is used in the title to disseminate stereotypical propaganda, while in the surtitle of the front-page the term "poison" is used for the vaccine.

The Greek Jewry’s outrage was expressed with the following announcement of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), which was followed by the immediate reaction of the General Secretary for Religious Affairs, Mr George Kalantzis, who issued the statement below:

KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ANTISEMITIC FRONT-PAGE TITLE OF THE NEWSPAPER “MAKELEIO”:

The front-page title of “Makeleio” of November 10, 2020, overwhelms us with outrage and repulsion, as its content perpetuates hatred and bigotry against the Jews and it becomes -once more- the carrier of the most hideous anti-Semitic propaganda.

The identification of the CEO of Pfizer as Mengele, the so-called butcher of Auschwitz, is an appalling and unethical assault against Albert Bourla only because he is a Jew. The huge-lettered front-title “Jewish veterinarian will stick the needle in us! Nightmarish admissions by force in ‘chamber – camps’ as flocks” is nothing but a clear incitement to violence against the Jews.

The vaccine of a company suddenly becomes “poison” due to the Jewish religion of the company’s CEO, Albert Bourla, and its production is compared to the Nazi experiments in Auschwitz, in an attempt to prevent people from using it, should it be proven effective in dealing with the coronavirus that has inflicted mankind. Shame!

We urge all competent State authorities to intervene immediately and decisively as the message of hatred and rage against the Jews launched today by the yellow paper “Makeleio” over-crossed every boundary line of tolerance that Democracy provides in the name of freedom of speech and circulation of ideas.

Athens, November 10, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece


ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE GENERAL SECRETARY FOR RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS, GEORGE KALANTZIS, FOR THE FRONT-PAGE TITLE OF “MAKELEIO”:

Let each and every one of us, who belong to the majority of the population, wonder how we would feel if we lived in a country where the Orthodox Christians were to be the 0,05% of the general population, and read front-page titles as the following:

-“Christian Orthodox veterinarian will stick the needle in us! Nightmarish admissions by force in ‘chamber – camps’ as flocks”

-"A harsh Christian Orthodox, manager of a smell-blood company, which assumed the clearance of the non-performing loans of the poor Greeks. The President of the Christian Orthodox Community who pretends to be our friend, is stealing our money from the back door".

Today our Greek compatriots of Jewish faith read the front-page about the “Jewish veterinarian” who will “stick the needle in us”, illustrated with the photo of Mengele. Three years ago they had read the front-page about the “harsh Jew, manager of a smell-blood company” (for which Makeleio was convicted in October 2020, by the First Instance Court of Athens, for “insulting and for having contributed on purpose to the reproduction of a rhetoric of hate against the Jews”).

These, but also several other similar titles of the same newspaper, cultivate consciously the most vile anti-Semitism which brings in mind the Medieval period when Jews were accused for every disaster, illness or defeat. At that time the road to Auschwitz begun.

In a period when the health of billions of people, as well as the global economic growth, depend on the existence of a vaccine which will fight covid-19, it is a great honor and a source of pride for our country that a Greek –regardless of which God he might believe in, or not believe- holds such a responsible position and has significantly contributed in finding a solution for this unprecedented health crisis.     

It is no coincidence that the domestic deniers of common sense and science have also accused the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Archbishop of Athens as it is reported in continuing defamatory and outrageously false articles.

 

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