The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, the country’s EJC affiliate, has condemned a series of insults, containing fierce racist and antisemitic references, launched against the president of the Athens Jewish community, Minos Moissis, by the web edition of the newspaper MAKELEIO.
A Makeleio article was headlined “Cruel Jew at the head of a company of crows assigned to liquidate ‘red loans’ (past due debt) of poor Greeks. President of the Jewish Community, he pretends friendly and takes (our money) from the back door.”
The article subsequently attacked Moissis -a renowned and experienced professional and a top executive manager in the banking and insurance industry for 30 years- because only of his Jewish identity and his position as the president of the Athens community.
Moissis said he will sue the publication.
In a statement, the Central Council said that “in a period that we witness an outburst of antisemitic violence in Europe, this unjust, unprovoked and totally unfounded attack against a leading figure of Greek Jewry not only endangers his own safety but the right of all Greek Jews to live safely.”
“We are certain that the competent Greek authorities will take all necessary measures against those who endorse hate speech as the means of promotion of their antisemitic campaign,” the statement concluded.