ADL urges Greece to reconsider appointment of minister

Adonis Georgiadis – now Health Minister of Greece – during his TV show ‘Greek Awakening’
Adonis Georgiadis – Health Minister of Greece – during his TV show ‘Greek Awakening’

Greece’s Health Minister nationalist Adonis Georgiadis has a history of remarks about Jews and has promoted anti-Semitic book.

The Anti-Defamation League expressed concern on Friday over the appointment of Adonis Georgiadis as Greece’s Health Minister, due to a history of troubling remarks about Jews and his public promotion of an anti-Semitic book.

According to reports, Georgiadis has said in the past that “all major banks belong to the Jews” and that “the Jewish lobby” would determine the fate of Greece’s foreign debt. He has also promoted an anti-Semitic diatribe called “The Jews, the whole truth” written by Konstantinos Plevris, a prominent author and self-proclaimed anti-Semite.

“At a time when anti-Semitic speech and Holocaust denial continue to occur regularly in public and political discourse in Greece and as Golden Dawn’s leaders openly espouse anti-Semitism to stoke hatred and fear while their party is rising in popularity, the elevation of a politician who is also known to have promoted anti-Semitism is troubling,” said Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL’s national director. “Our concern is heightened by the ongoing failure to enact a stringent anti-racism bill despite the government’s public commitment to do so.”… – Haaretz