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Greek Fascists Set to Become Part of New Provisional Government


COMMENT: In the wake of the eco­nom­ic and polit­i­cal tur­moil sweep­ing  Europe as a result of the Euro­zone debt cri­sis, Greece [1] has formed a new coali­tion gov­ern­ment, one of whose par­tic­i­pants is the LAOS par­ty.

Report­ed to have played a major role in the for­ma­tion of the new pro­vi­sion­al gov­ern­ment and pos­si­bly in line for a min­is­te­r­i­al post, LAOS  par­ty leader George Karatzaferis has voiced a num­ber of anti-Semit­ic state­ments, cast­ing doubt on the real­i­ty of the Holo­caust and inti­mat­ing that Jews were behind the 9/11 attack.

It will be inter­est­ing to see if the glob­al finan­cial cri­sis feeds anti-Semit­ic pol­i­tics and sen­ti­ment, with the old saw about the Jews run­ning the banks gain­ing new life in cer­tain cir­cles.

” ‘Holo­caust Denier’ Set for Key Role in Greek Gov­ern­ment?” by Assaf Uni; ynetnews.com; 11/11/2011. [2]

EXCERPT: . . . Greek media report­ed Thurs­day that Karatzaferis played a cen­tral role in the steps that led to the estab­lish­ment of a gov­ern­ment that would try to nav­i­gate Greece out of its debt cri­sis by imple­ment­ing a Euro­pean finan­cial plan. The reports also said he was set to be part of the new gov­ern­ment.

Reports claim that in the last few years, Karatzaferis made a long line of anti-Semit­ic and anti-Israeli state­ments. After the 9/11 attacks in New York, the politi­cian posed the ques­tion “why were all the Jews warned not to come to work that day?” before the Greek par­lia­ment.

On a tele­vised debate with Israel’s ambas­sador to Greece he said: “Lets talk about all these tales of Auschwitz and Dachau”; in 2002 dur­ing a par­lia­ment ses­sion he asked the then Greek prime min­is­ter:  “Is it true that your daugh­ter secret­ly mar­ried a Jew?”; and dur­ing Oper­a­tion Cast Lead in 2008, Karatzaferis said that the IDF was act­ing “with sav­age bru­tal­i­ty only seen in Hitler’s time towards help­less peo­ple.”

Greek media report­ed that LAOS, the Pop­u­lar Ortho­dox Ral­ly par­ty — an extreme right par­ty estab­lished by Karatzaferis in 2000 with 7% of the vote in the last elec­tions — will most like­ly be a part­ner in the nation­al uni­ty gov­ern­ment.

They will join the gov­ern­ment togeth­er with the left-wing PASOK par­ty which has been in pow­er until only recent­ly, and the right-wing New Democ­ra­cy par­ty. It was claimed that Karatzaferis may even take up a role as a min­is­ter. . . .