Skip to comments.'Zorba the Greek': Jews are 'root of evil'
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.
Did anyone else notice this little detail?
I dunno, but that might be the additional subtext here.
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.
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.
I think all left-wing activists should be committed.
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