ADL Calls On Greek Government
To Condemn Anti-Semitism In The Press
New York, N.Y., July 22, 2002 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), today called on the Government of Greece to condemn a recent rise of anti-Semitic depictions and articles in the Greek press, including the use of Holocaust and Nazi imagery.
In expressing a growing concern about the appearance of criticisms of Israel that cross the line into anti-Semitic statements, and the use of Nazi and Holocaust imagery in cartoons, Glen A. Tobias, ADL National Chairman, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said, in a letter to Greek Prime Minister Konstandinos Simitis, "Even in nations like Greece where the press is free, it is essential that the government take responsibility to set a tone of tolerance and speak out strongly against these anti-Semitic, hateful sentiments.
"Unfortunately, such articles and depictions in the media create an environment of hostility toward Israel and Jews in Greece, similar to other European nations that have experienced a rise in anti-Semitism," Mr. Tobias and Mr. Foxman added.
League leaders also addressed these issues in a meeting with Dimitris Platis, Consul General of Greece in New York.
This cartoon appeared in the reportedly pro-Government Center Left publication -- Eleftherotypia. The headline reads : Holocaust II. The caption reads: War machine of Sharon is attempting to carry out a new Holocaust, a new genocide.
Other Examples of Anti-Semitic Depictions in the Greek Press
Israeli Soldiers Executing Palestinian
Israeli Actions Compared to Auschwitz
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