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August 6, 2013 11:06 am

SWC to Greek President: Politician’s Swastika Tattoo is Grounds for Banning the Symbol Nationally

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Photo of Golden Dawn politician Elias Kasidià ris's swastika tattoo: Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday called on Greek President Karolos Papoulias to ban the public use of the Swastika after photos surfaced of a high-profile Greek politician sporting a tattoo of the offensive symbol on his shoulder.

The front page of the August 4th edition of Greek’s largest newspaper, Poto Thema, featured the photo, obtained from the Greek Helsinki Monitor, of Golden Dawn Party Member of Parliament and Spokesman, Elias Kasidiàris, on his beach vacation last week.

Golden Dawn are considered by mainstream Greek parties as “extreme right” and “neo-Nazi.”

“The XXL swastika on Kasidiàris’s arm is, arguably, the only such contemporary Nazi anatomy on any lawmaker in Europe,” Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Director for International Relations, wrote in a letter to the Greek president.

“Mr. President, as author of a study of the Greek resistance movement against the Nazis, you must feel pained that Greece—the ancient cradle of democracy—today counts Nazis in its Parliament,” Samuels wrote.

“Golden Dawn not only menaces Jews, Roma and Gays as did its 1930’s German Nazi forebears. Its dark cloud hangs over every Greek, citizen or immigrant,” he continued.

“As President, you stand above politics, but as Head of State, your role is central to symbolism and national honor”, Samuels added, urging the Greek President to “invoke the prestige” of his “office to launch moves to ban the swastika” in Greece.

“Then perhaps, by the time Greece takes over the European Union Presidency on 1 January 2014, Mr. Kasidiàris with his tattooed arm may be excluded from Parliament, reserving that limb for ‘Sieg Heil’ salutes away from the public domain,” Samuels concluded.

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  • Otto Waldmann in Sydney

    Sadly a country dominated by incompetence and corruption, racism HAD to come to Greece’s “rescue”.

  • T.E. Barnes Jr.

    Really, but the Jewish mayor of Nazareth Illit, Shimon Gapso, can openly boast his racist views? And Jews have nothing to say about that, huh?

  • Who’s next? I got something for all of you Jew hating bigots. The days of you trying to intimidate, harm, or kill Jews is over. You had your chance with hitler and you failed. There’s a reason Jews have survived this long just like there’s a reason people like you have no history and no lineage that you know of. Jews will be here long after your bloodlines and surnames are extinct. No sense in you getting used to it, your kind won’t be around for long

  • WhiteRabbit

    Look at all this anti-whitism. In the 60’s, anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white countries to bring in millions of non-whites. Then anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white people to “integrate” or face penalties for being “naziswhowantokill6millionjews.” Now anti-whites are praising and counting down the days till ALL and ONLY white children are minorities and extinct EVERYWHERE. That makes it genocide. “Anti-racist” is a codeword for anti-white. /watch?v=lKDeyuM0-Og

    • Mike Tragesser

      Don’t you dare drag all white people into your disgusting crazy ignorant Nazi tirade. I’m white , I love all kinds of people , except Nazis. I hate racism. You don’t represent me. I spit on your swastika. You are on your own!

      • FYI – The jews have lied to you about Hitler. Your under mind control. You LOVE your enemy who wants to destroy you.

    • Fruitcake is code word for jackass which is synonymous with white rabbit. Go away little boy… You sound scared.

  • Art

    Demands for further, and even more Draconian restrictions, on mere symbols – on mere speech, is a greater threat to democracy than any mere symbol could ever be. It is alarming that the SWC, holding itself out as neutral, transcendent organization (but which, in reality, is an agent of the Zionist state of Israel) continues to injected itself into the political processes of every European country in order to sculpt a complaint, pro-Zionist agenda in every national government. The SWC should mind its own business and stay out of the cultural and political affairs of other peoples and their nation states – because this interference is actually generating a backlash and hatred against jews of all countries.

    • First of all what’s wrong with Zionism? Doesn’t every country in the world want to determine their own fate? Just because you put a name to it as though Zionism represents something different than any other country’s desire shows your ignorance and bigotry.

      Symbols and symbolism has always been a part of mankind… In fact symbols have been used as communication and language such as the hieroglyphs. The whole point of the swastika is to invoke certain feelings and to provoke certain responses. From street signs to dollar signs to astrology signs to exit signs… Symbols are used extensively to communicate. The swastika is no different.

      Your ignorance and bigotry is your own. The rest of the educated works rejects you and your antisemetic views. But the fact you chose to seek out this website and comment on this story shows how truly ignorant you are. What kind of asshole has nothing better to do than to seek out a place to spread their hate? Go ride a bike , or go to the movies, or better yet just go f yourself

  • DovidM

    Kasidiaris quoted from the Protocols of Zion in a 2012 speech. The Greek government has not come to terms with uncontrolled immigration, and this plays into the hands of opportunists like Kasidiaris.

  • Prof Asher J Matathias

    The debasement of the country that was the cradle of democracy continues apace. This amply illustrates the degeneration of humane values, as the economic crisis brings forth the worst in the human character: racism, xenophobia, homophobia, anti-Americanism, and strident anti-Semitism (frequently in the guise of anti-Zionism). Now, more than ever, philhellenes in every continent must stand by Greece, denouncing those who would undermine and ultimately replace democratic, liberal values with ignorance, intolerance, and nihilism!

  • alon

    Why am I not surprised? These nazi understand only brutal force. Israel should take care of them one by one, make them disappear – and one hour earlier would be fine

    • GoldenDawn

      You want Israel to start rounding up and ‘killing’ who you define as ‘Nazis’? You sound like a ‘Nazi’ yourself, just by saying that. Israel is the new Nazi Germany; concentration camps; racial purity; the mentality of a chosen -master- race and the Goyim being unclean and sub-human.

      You people are the masters of hypocrisy.

      Go to hell.

      • Eve

        Not all goyim are sub-human. Only the likes of you.

      • Elliot J. Stamler

        Yes you coward who calls himself “Golden Dawn” but is afraid to put his name to his written comments, Israel should have a special squad of the Mossad to deal with this Greek AND YOU and anyone else who advances the idea of restarting the genocide of the Jewish people. Six million corpses of innocent men, women and children are enough justification for exterminating-and I use that word advisedly, YOU and the scum like you, you two-bit wannabe Eichmann.