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'Zorba the Greek': Jews are 'root of evil'
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Thursday, November 13, 2003

Posted on 11/13/2003 12:04:33 AM PST by JohnHuang2

'Zorba the Greek': Jews are 'root of evil'
Composer's remarks virtually unnoticed despite TV coverage

Posted: November 13, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern


© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

Flanked by Greek government leaders, composer Mikis Theodorakis of "Zorba the Greek" fame issued a scathing denunciation of Jews at a reception covered extensively by the national media.

"Today, we can say that these little people are the root of evil," said Theodorakis, 78, according to Agence France-Presse.

Despite the media attention given to the event – a Nov. 4 reception for publication of his autobiography – the anti-Semitic remarks were repeated only in a small right-wing newspaper.

Greek Jewish leaders have criticized government leaders for not reacting.

Theodorakis "repeated in the 21st century opinions from the darkest Middle Ages and slogans used by Nazi Germany, fanning both inside and outside the country the winds of intolerance and racism," the Central Jewish Council of Greece charged in a statement, according to AFP.

The popular composer, a committed left-wing political activist, was jailed under the fascist junta that ruled Greece in the late 1960s and early 1970s, AFP noted.

He made the comments with Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Education Minister Petros Efthymiou at his side.

AFP said neither minister reacted when Theodorakis said Greeks and Jews "are two peoples without kin, but they had fanaticism and self-knowledge and managed to prevail."

The government distanced itself from the remarks.

"The government does not share and is not in agreement with the opinion expressed by Mr. Theodorakis," spokesman Christos Protopapas said.

He added, however, that "despite the disagreement" the composer "is still held in high regard" by the government for his works.



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Thursday, November 13, 2003

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1 posted on 11/13/2003 12:04:33 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
"The popular composer, a committed left-wing political activist"

Did anyone else notice this little detail?

2 posted on 11/13/2003 1:54:15 AM PST by Savage Beast ("Activism" is a camouflage for sadism.)
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To: JohnHuang2
The Greek gummint does not do well with Israel; the Israelis have been cozier with the Turks.

I dunno, but that might be the additional subtext here.

3 posted on 11/13/2003 3:03:35 AM PST by Pharmboy (Dems lie 'cause they have to...)
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To: Savage Beast
"The popular composer, a committed left-wing political activist" Did anyone else notice this little detail?

But, of course!

And did you notice the little "it was only repeated in a right-wing newspaper" dig? It was no doubt an attempt to make it appear as though the "right-wing" newspaper agreed with the statement.

4 posted on 11/13/2003 3:31:27 AM PST by NH Liberty
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To: JohnHuang2
Self-righteous American Liberals should take note that this anti-Semitism is coming from a committed Leftist.
5 posted on 11/13/2003 4:02:37 AM PST by bimbo
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To: NH Liberty
Savage talked about this last night, and he said it meant to him that only a right wing paper would even mention it. The mainstream left didn't care.
6 posted on 11/13/2003 4:04:31 AM PST by Monty22
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To: bimbo
So, what else is new? The new anti-Semitism is today an alliance between Islamic (extremists?) and the Left. "Politics makes strange bedfellows." Whereas the Left today is pushing a homosexual agenda, Islam will punish/kill homosexuals. Whereas the Left pushes a feminist agenda, in the Moslem world women are treated as possessions. It is a very strange world we are living in. By the way, you should all read a book called, "Preachers of Hate," by Ken Timmerman (if I remember correctly). Those of you who read World Net Daily, already know about it.
7 posted on 11/13/2003 4:48:48 AM PST by unienglish26
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To: JohnHuang2
Imageine if he had been a right wing political activist...
8 posted on 11/13/2003 6:10:19 AM PST by BBell
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To: BBell
Excuse me, that is imagine.
9 posted on 11/13/2003 6:12:50 AM PST by BBell
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

'Zorba the Greek': Jews are 'root of evil'

10 posted on 11/13/2003 7:35:20 AM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson
I think this old leftist has lost his marbles.

THEODORAKIS CLARIFICATIONS ON STATEMENTS ABOUT JEWS

Athens, 13 November 2003 (16:13 UTC+2) "His surprise about the rumble created due to his recent statements about Jews, was expressed by Mikis Theodorakis.

Mr. Theodorakis had stated, during a presentation of three of his books, that the Jews “have the fanaticism, the self-awareness and the ability to assert themselves”. “Today we can say that this small people is unfortunately the root of all evil, not good, which means that too much self-awareness and too much persistence is bad for you”, he had pointed out.

In his announcement on Wednesday, Mr. Theodorakis stated that he has always been on the side of the weak and of course the Israeli people, while he has repeatedly condemned the Saron government policy and the role of Jewish American politicians and intellectuals in drafting the “aggressive Bush policy”.

“There could have only been purposeful confusion between the Israeli people, which I have proven I admire and honor, and these negative phenomena, that essentially mar Israel's image thus playing the truly “anti-Semitic” role. These are on the side of Evil, the root of Evil as I recently stated”, he stressed.

The Central Jewish Council of Greece issued an announcement, pointing out that the distinguished composer “is aiding the winds of religious intolerance and racism”.

11 posted on 11/13/2003 7:42:19 AM PST by veronica ("I just realised I have a perfect part for you in "Terminator 4"....)
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To: Savage Beast
"The popular composer, a committed left-wing political activist"

Wait a second, I thought the lefties were supposed to be the "caring" and "compassionate" crowd?

12 posted on 11/13/2003 7:44:37 AM PST by exile (Exile - Women want him, men want to be him, liberals fear him.)
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To: veronica
But, Jew-wise, he’s still bonkers.
Mark Steyn
13 posted on 11/13/2003 7:55:25 AM PST by SJackson
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To: exile
"The popular composer, a committed left-wing political activist"

I think all left-wing activists should be committed.

14 posted on 11/13/2003 7:55:58 AM PST by veronica ("I just realised I have a perfect part for you in "Terminator 4"....)
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