April 30, 2013 – New York –
Golden Dawn, the neo-Nazi political party that holds 18 seats in Greece's
national parliament, has once again launched a vicious attack on AJC.
Golden Dawn, in an article on the
party's website, condemns the upcoming visit to Washington of Greek Prime
Minister Samaras, who will be addressing AJC's Global Forum next month. Golden
Dawn charges that "Zionists" are in control of U.S. and Greek policy.
To emphasize its bigoted, xenophobic
worldview, the Golden Dawn screed is accompanied by a grotesque cartoon that
depicts Prime Minister Samaras sitting on
the floor under a bloody AJC logo in front of a caricatured Jew in a chair, reminiscent
of horrific, Nazi-inspired cartoons of the '30s and '40s in Europe. On the wall
is a demonized President Obama, portrayed as a religious Jew. Elsewhere, the
president is described in racist terms.
"Golden Dawn does not even attempt
to camouflage its ideology of hate," said Harris. "Indeed, Golden Dawn is
crystal clear, and, nearly 70 years after the Holocaust, represents an
insidious outlook that cannot be ignored today."
This is not the first time AJC
has been attacked by Golden Dawn. Similar vitriolic messages were issued during
AJC's last visit to Athens in January, when, as a gesture of solidarity, the
organization partnered with the Greek-American community to support medical
care for Greeks in need.
"AJC enjoys long-standing and fruitful
relations with Greece – with the government, civil society, the Orthodox
Church, Greek American leaders, and, of course, the Jewish community in
Greece," said Harris. "We are truly honored that Prime Minister Samaras, with whom
we stay in close touch, will address our Global Forum. He will reach a large
global audience eager to hear from him and show their support for Greece's
bright and prosperous future – a future in which the Golden Dawn will, we hope,
fade into the oblivion it so richly deserves."