Greek Prime Minister Commended for Removing Government Minister, Author of Anti-Semitic Social Media Posts

New York, NY, September 25, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended the swift and principled response from Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for replacing Dimitris Kammenos, a government minister from the Independent Greeks party, after Kammenos’ anti-Semitic and bigoted social media posts were publicized.

Kammenos’ remarks on Twitter have included, “Have you recorded the attacks of the Jews against all of us?” During the Greek debt crisis negotiations earlier this year, he compared the European Union to a Nazi concentration camp, posting a photo on Facebook of the gate to Auschwitz with the phrase “We Stay in Europe” in place of “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Sets You Free).

“We have long been troubled by long been troubled by the presence of anti-Semitic public discourse in Greece,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL National Director. “The prompt removal of Mr. Kammenos from the government demonstrates that that such discourse will not be tolerated from public officials.”

In a letter to Prime Minister Tsipras, ADL stressed the importance of clear messages being sent from Greece’s leadership that anti-Semitism and bigotry have no place in Greek society.

ADL’s recent Global 100 poll on anti-Semitic attitudes in Europe found that 67 percent of those surveyed in Greece harbor anti-Semitic attitudes.

In 2014, a delegation of top ADL leaders attended a series of meetings with senior government, religious and community leaders in Athens, and received strong messages about the Greek government’s commitment to combatting anti-Semitism and all forms of extremism.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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