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Jewish life and not only in Greece / Εβραϊκή ζωή και όχι μόνο στην Ελλάδα

Archive for Μαρτίου 2008

How many have died in Darfur?

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 29/03/2008

That’s how many.

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Some very interesting posts on the Greek Left

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 26/03/2008

Here are some very interesting posts on antisemitism and the Greek Left΄, a huge subject and quite controversial I might add. They arrive from some great sites and I thoroughly recommend you to read more of their stuff; they’re jungle -report, tuki8eblom and terminal119. And if you’re further interested into this matter take a look at a recent interview from A.Tsipras to me, (unfortunately all four are in greek). Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Posted in antisemitism, greece, Greek Left, greek please | Με ετικέτα: , , , , , , , , | 11 Σχόλια »

Ανεπιθύμητοι Συμπατριώτες / Unwanted Compatriots

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 23/03/2008

Ανεπιθύμητοι Συμπατριώτες / Unwanted CompatriotsΑνεπιθύμητοι Συμπατριώτες (220 pages – 2005)

Υπάρχουν μερικά σημεία στη σύγχρονη ιστορία της Ελλάδας που γεννούν σκληρά ερωτήματα. Με το 70% του προπολεμικού εβραϊκού της πληθυσμού να έχει εξοντωθεί στα στρατόπεδα του ναζισμού, η χώρα βρίσκεται σε μια από τις πρώτες θέσεις στη θλιβερή σύγκριση, ξεπερνώντας ακόμα και το ίδιο το Ράιχ. Φταίνε μόνο οι ξένοι κατακτητές γι’ αυτή την επίδοση;
Την ίδια εποχή, στη διάρκεια του τελευταίου Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου, μια ιστορική μειονότητα, οι μουσουλμάνοι Τσάμηδες της Ηπείρου, «εκκαθαρίστηκαν» με τον πλέον απόλυτο τρόπο.
Δεν είναι παιχνίδια προπαγάνδας- ανθελληνικής ή φιλελληνικής- αυτά τα ζητήματα. Είναι θέματα ιστορικά, με καίριο και πολύπλευρο ενδιαφέρον. Η τυχόν αποφυγή των απαντήσεων, της έρευνας για το τι έγινε και πώς έγινε, υπονομεύει καθοριστικά την ιστορική και πολιτική μας παιδεία και ανοίγει τον δρόμο για νέες «απρόσμενες» εξάρσεις των παθών και των εγκλημάτων. Αλίμονο στα έθνη και στις κοινωνίες που πιστεύουν ότι βρίσκονται πάνω και πέρα από την ιστορία και ότι είναι «εξ ορισμού» αναμάρτητες…


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Posted in Books and stuff, greece, Shoah | Με ετικέτα: , , , , , , , , , | 18 Σχόλια »

Συμβόλαιο συμβίωσης μόνο για κάποιους; Οχι ευχαριστώ. / A domestic partnership that discriminates? No thanks.

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 17/03/2008

Here’s a campaign against a proposed bill in Greece that institutes a domestic partnership contract but reserves it for heterosexual couples only. I fully acknowledge it’s truth and wholeheartedly support it – as it says civil rights for all!

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Posted in civil rights, greece, Recommended | 4 Σχόλια »

Beresheet 2.0

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 14/03/2008

top posts

A year ago Abravanel was born; to mark the occasion I thought of re-publishing my very first post. I’m also posting the stats of my most popular articles, (click to enlarge), which seem to favorite the how to insult a greek and how I learned what malakas means. Something not totally unexpected since I rank no1 in Google to the query «what malakas means» and find myself just in the 2nd page of the results for «malakas». Not the accomplishments I wished for but alas… :-P

At least I find myself in page 12 when asking for «greek jews» though Plevris does a lot better than I do, again alas…

Anyway I’m not going to be overly sentimental about it but I’d like to say that this had been so far a great trip and believe me I’m just beginning to warm up! Thanks to everyone who has taken a minute to read any of the things I published, comment or send me an email. Know that I’m always open to suggestions – ξανά ευχαριστώ και καλή συνέχεια σε όλους μας!

Υγ. Σκεφτομαι να έχω περισσότερα ποστ στα ελληνικά, τι πιστεύετε;

PS. I’m thinking of having more posts in greek, what do you think about it?

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Posted in me myself and I, Recommended | 10 Σχόλια »

Greek newspaper condemned on racist remarks (!)

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 11/03/2008

anti-semitism020430.pngWow, I can’t say that I’m not impressed! On March 5th a greek court condemned the publisher, the editor and the journalist of the newspaper Eleftheros Kosmos for the article of the latter that «insulted the religious group of the Jews«. The article appeared in 2006 and the lawsuit was an initiative of the Greek Helsinki Monitor which again proves worthy of it’s fame!

What did they guy said? The usual stuff like «Thank God not even 1500 Jews aren’t left in Thessaloniki…» , «…the supposed saponification of the Jews…». Nothing new that I can’t hear every other day in some obscure or less obscure media. This time, maybe following the recent conviction of nazi-admirer K.Plevris, a greek court decided that this constitutes a violation of the renown but never applied anti-racism law 927/1979. The court decided that they expressed hate and denied the extermination of thousands of jews. For this Zafiropoulos Dimitrios, Georgiou Theodoros and Chatzigogos Theodoros were convicted to 7 months of probation the first two and 7 months to be bought with 5 euros/diem for the latter.

For the first time it was also allowed for the Central Jewish Board, (ΚΙΣ), to appear as civil part which overruled the previous scandalous decision during the Plevris trial. The well-known politicians S.Vougias and G.Boutaris were absent despite the fact that initially they had testified since the article had involved their names too.

What can I say? That I didn’t expect it but still it’s some great piece of news. Certainly will not deter any other racist journalist but acts as a statement that the greek Justice system recognizes that this stuff is the expression of pure hatred and Greece, at least in principle, does not accept it. In other words it’s a nice moral support which certainly is a positive step to the right direction – congrats on Petropoulou Salata, Tsangari and Velissariou who were the court members for their courage to apply the law and of course the Greek Helsinki Monitor.

DeviousDiva also posted about it and has the english translation of the  court decision. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Posted in antisemitism, greece, Shoah | Με ετικέτα: , | 14 Σχόλια »

Blog Freedom threatened in Greece

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 11/03/2008

Greek Government in it’s infinite wisdom still doesn’t get how the Internet actually works and gives me the opportunity to differ somewhat from the usual stuff I write about.

Recently a greek political blog by a known journalist was accused of being used as a means to blackmail known politicians and entrepreneurs. I have no idea on the veridicity of the accusations but given the rotten nature of the press system in Greece I have no reason to doubt, (or believe them). The Greek Government though, alarmed by the growing popularity of blogs, decided to take a stance against the whole phenomenon and has drawn the blueprint for a new law governing the functioning of the blogs.

Roughly it says that all informative blogs should loose their anonymity and post the name of their owner; plus other stuff like facilitating the police to track down bloggers etc. Anyway here’s a Press Release, (in greek), which I sign and expresses my personal views on the matter via yorgos.

Another interesting post on the subject with a better summary by j95. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Chams, Czechs and Jews

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 09/03/2008

A guy runs into an ancient Hitler in a bar in Argentina. He asks him what his plans are for the future.

«This time,» he says, «we’ll kill all the Jews, and three circus clowns.»

«Why three circus clowns?,» the guy asks.

«See,» Hitler says to the bartender. « Nobody gives a damn about the Jews!»


What really gets me sometimes is the fact that I cannot open the TV without having to endure some idiocy on jews, despite our infinitesimally small number in Greece. A good example is a recent symposium on the fate of the moslim population of albanian descent that lived in the area of north-west Greece, called Chams/Çamë. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Posted in greece, Shoah, the jews did it! | Με ετικέτα: , , , , | 23 Σχόλια »

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