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Georgios Karatzaferis - key role in new government?
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'Holocaust denier' set for key role in Greek government?
Georgios Karatzaferis, right-wing leader who previously compared IDF to Hitler may have major role in new government
Jewish organizations in Germany have expressed their shock over plans in Greece to involve the extreme right wing party LAOS, led by Georgios Karatzaferis, in Greece's provisional government.

 

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."

 


קראצפריס. "נכון שהבת שלך נישאה בחשאי ליהודי?" (צילום: EPA)

Karatzaferis - asked about 'Auschwitz tales' (Photo: EPA)

 

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.

 


קראצפריס במו"מ עם רה"מ היוצא, הנשיא וראש האופוזיציה (צילום: רויטרס)

Karatzaferis in Greek government negotiations (Photo: Reuters) 

 

In the last few days, the Central Committee of German Jews published a letter in which they demanded that European countries put pressure on the central parties in Greece to refuse to cooperate with the party.

 

"A professed anti-Semitic politician cannot serve in a government with which the German government will need to negotiate billions in aid," Committee Chairman Dieter Graumann told Germany's Bild.

 

 

 

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