I know I shouldn’t be by now, but I am actually shocked by this headline from the Greek newspaper Avriani. On the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the US, the front page of the paper reads
THE END OF JEWISH DOMINION
Let’s set something clear: Avriani is not considered a “serious” newspaper and is not highly considered, even though it enjoyed a wide popularity in the 80’s and is currently among the top-10 newspapers in Greece. Also it is not indicative of the totality of greek Press, which despite the frequent innuendos, does not endorse such extremist words. Many shall argue that what a trash newspaper like Avriani says should not be a major concern and to an extent they are correct. What really troubles me was the whole string of innuendos during this campaign in greek TV and Press that only Avriani was brave or stupid enough to say in clear voice. Maybe other newspapers like top-selling Eleftherotypia would never say it outright, but they have had no problem in the past implying that G.W.Bush was playing ball according the calls of the israeli lobby and that Jews are behind him
This vile and scurrilous headline draws on classic anti-Semitic canards of Jewish conspiracy and domination. How could any responsible media outlet peddle such outright nonsense?
While hailing a new era for the United States, the editors of Avriani have themselves taken a backward leap to a time in the not-so-distant past when Europeans shamelessly wore anti-Semitism on their sleeves, and when public expressions of hate for Jews were the norm.
If anything, the headline should serve as a wake-up call that anti-Semitism remains alive in Greece today, even among those in the media who should know better than to exhume hateful canards about Jewish political manipulation. Conspiracy theories of Jewish control have a long and sordid history, and have no place in a newspaper that serves as a source for news and analysis.
It is imperative that elected officials and civil society leaders in Greece speak out forcefully against anti-Semitism. They must make clear that these dangerous canards have no place in society and that there can be no tolerance for hatred in Greece
Also, there is an advertisement right next to this front page article from OPAP which is Greece’s state-run betting company. As noted by the Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM):
The state is therefore at least obligated to issue a strong condemnation and perhaps also stop putting advertisements in that newspaper, as otherwise it is an indirect sponsor of racism