|AJC: Golden Dawn Endangers Greece|
25, 2013 – New York – Golden Dawn, the Greek neo-Nazi political party, has
threatened Greece’s Jewish community in an online article that AJC views as another
alarming indication of the dangers the party poses to Greek society.
“Golden Dawn is a clear and present threat to Greece,” said AJC Executive
Director David Harris. “This should not be in any doubt.”
The latest Golden Dawn threat comes as the party, which holds 18 seats in the
Greek parliament, has come under scrutiny following the murder of a popular
Greek singer, Pavlos Fyssas. A Golden Dawn member has been arrested for the
crime. The Greek Government has also opened an investigation into allegations
that members of the country’s police force are actively involved with the
An article on the
party’s website accused the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS)
of “orchestrating the recent anti-nationalist hysteria” against Golden Dawn. “We call upon KIS
not to get involved in the Greek affairs,” Golden Dawn declared.
the sheer gall of this extremist party telling other Greeks that they have no
place in public life, no right to speak their mind,” Harris added. “The Jewish
community will not be silenced or intimidated.”
The Golden Dawn threat
came in reaction to KIS press release that called on all Greek political parties
to cooperate in passing “strong and effective legislation that will combat racism,
intolerance and anti-Semitism.” KIS also called for legislative action to ban political
parties that promote Nazi ideology.
legislation has been under debate in the parliament for months, and the
government of Prime Minister Samaras has vowed to press for its adoption.
Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, addressing the AJC Global Forum
in Washington, DC, in June, said: “No one should ever believe that the country,
which gave birth to democracy and respect for the human being, which has become
the best example of resistance against Nazism, would ever tolerate and allow
the revival of hatred and racism.”