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"Uproar Over Greek Priest's Jew-Hating Rant"
Uproar Over Greek Priest's Jew-Hating Rant
by Gil Ronen
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European Jewish Congress (EJC) called Wednesday for the Greek Orthodox
church to remove the Metropolite of Piraeus, Seraphim, after the
high-ranking priest sounded an anti-Semitic rant on Greek TV.
on the morning show on Mega-TV, the largest television station in
Greece, Seraphim blamed world Jewry for Greece's financial problems.
Freemasons with Jewish bankers such as Baron Rothschild and world
Zionism, the Metropolite said that there is a conspiracy to enslave
Greece and Christian Orthodoxy," JTA reported. He also accused
"international Zionism" of trying to destroy the family unit by
promoting one-parent families and same-sex marriages.
minutes into the program the host asked Seraphim, "Why do you disagree
with Hitler's policies? If they are doing all this, wasn't he right in
The Metropolite answered, "Adolf Hitler was an
instrument of world Zionism and was financed from the renowned
Rothschild family with the sole purpose of convincing the Jews to leave
the shores of Europe and go to Israel to establish the new Empire."
Jews such as "Rockefeller, Rothschild and Soros control the international banking system that controls globalization," he said.
Salonika's Metropolite Anthimos has preached similar ideas from his pulpit.
felt disgust hearing the Metropolite of Piraeus expressing himself like
that against world Zionism, and shamelessly saying that Hitler with the
help of Jewish bankers did what he did," Benjamin Albala, president of
the Athens Jewish community, told JTA.
EJC President Dr. Moshe
Kantor was unequivocal in his condemnation. “It is completely
unacceptable that someone senior in a mainstream European religious
denomination can make such repulsive and hate-filled claims,” he said.
“That they were said so openly on national television demonstrates that
there are those who feel no shame expressing these views in front of a
“European nations and the European Union must
immediately pass robust legislation to ban and sanction anti-Semitism
in all its forms and at all levels. This rant proves that the
discredited views of the twentieth century are apparently alive and
well within areas of Europe and this needs to be addressed immediately.”
call on the Greek government to implement its laws against such
hate-speech and the leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church to immediately
remove this person from his position.”