An­tisemitic min­is­ter fired from Greek cab­i­net

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY VIC­TOR ELIEZER

THE NEW Greek deputy trans­port min­is­ter, Dim­itris Kam­menos, was sacked 12 hours into his job for com­par­ing the Euro­pean Union to a con­cen­tra­tion camp and call­ing ho­mo­sex­u­als “pa­thetic”.

The an­nounce­ment that Mr Kam­menos, an MP from the na­tion­al­ist In­de­pen­dent Greeks party, would take a cab­i­net po­si­tion in Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras’s new coali­tion gov­ern­ment trig­gered a public up­roar.

In April, Mr Kam­menos asked on Twit­ter: “Have you recorded the at­tacks of the Jews against all of us?”, and in June posted on Face­book a pho­to­graph of Auschwitz su­per­im­posed with the words “We will stay in Europe”.

The Cen­tral Board of Jewish Com­mu­ni­ties in Greece wrote to Mr Tsipras ex­press­ing sat­is­fac­tion that “on Yom Kip­pur, a per­son that had ex­pressed hideous and in­sult­ing views against Jews, civ­i­liza­tion and democ­racy... was re­moved from your gov­ern­ment”.

US anti-racism watchdog the An­tiDefama­tion League praised the “swift and prin­ci­pled re­sponse to the dis­turb­ing dis­clo­sure of a se­ries of big­oted and in­ten­sive com­ments made by Mr Dim­itris Kam­menos”.

Chief Rabbi Pin­chas Gold­schmidt, Pres­i­dent of the Con­fer­ence of Euro­pean Rab­bis, said: “The re­ported de­spi­ca­ble na­ture of Dim­itris Kam­menos’s so­cial media posts have no place in so­ci­ety. The ref­er­ences are those of an un­hinged an­tisemitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist.”

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