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

Archive for Μαΐου 2008

Jules Dassin – a «good» Jew

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 30/05/2008

https://i0.wp.com/www1.rizospastis.gr/wwwengine/getImage.doJules Dassin has always been one of the most beloved «foreigners» in Greece. His great love with Melina Merkuri, his unwaivering support for the Communist Party and the hardships he endured in McCarthy’s USA, his great love for Greece helped overcome any diffidence that many would foster towards any foreigner meddling in greek affairs. A diffidence not always unjustified since a great part of how the world viewed Greece was patronizing or folkloristic; on the contrary Dassin loved modern Greece and became part of it.

So it came as a surprise that, during a search for a movie of his, I found out a couple of pages that said that J.Dassin was an anti-greek. I knew that Dassin was Jewish and many did not forgive him this, (in 2000 antisemitic slogans and swastikas were sprayed on the walls of his house). Still, it striked me as odd so I followed the link. What I read was very interesting, though for other reasons that the author might hope for. The author was blatantly antisemitic and linked to Chrissi Avgi’s newspaper, a known neonazi group. He complained that J.Dassin had received a State burial while he was Jewish and how he had managed to be buried next to his wife, M.Merkuri, which is in the christian orthodox part of the cemetery. He complained that the State-run ET3 TV made a 10 minute documentary on him completely «hiding» his jewish origins. He also complained that a traditional black-colored jewish flag was on top of the coffin while the memorial service was held at the Synagogue at the Jewish part of the Cemetery; this flag was removed when transferred to the Christian part as «not to offend the christian viewers who saw the burial in TV». I have no idea if the author was telling the truth and despite some research I did, I did not find anything about it. In any case the guy was a fanatical fan of conspiracy theories and I thought that this was probably another «kook theory». Still he called Dassin an «100% Zionist» and claimed that he had joined the Israeli Army during the 6 Day War of 1967, when he was 56 years old. Amazingly enough we actually posted a source about it and even more amazingly the source appeared genuine. And then I knew I had my post. :) Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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All quiet in Pignetto, (also except some Pakistani)

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 28/05/2008

I always keep telling that Greece is not an exceptionally violent country and racism in this country is widespread but not as virulent towards individuals like other places, namely some European nations. But I always stress the fact that there is absolutely no opposition to the existent racism and contemporaneously there is an opposition to any mentioning of a problem. Plus that these phenomenon keep worsening because of the general «evolution» of the greek society which acquires the characteristics of other western societies for the good and for the bad.

An example of this trend is the evolving violent opposition to immigrants. Just a couple of posts ago I had written about the beating of members of the Pakistani Community in Athens by pigs that had invaded their mosque holding sticks and rocks. This was just one incident in a series of attacks that the Pakistani Community had to endure this year amidst the almost total indifference of greek civil society and especially the political world, (only a comittee of Synaspismos issued a statement, although other violent attacks in the past had drawn some localized demonstrations).

A friend of the blog recently contacted me on a similar incident that happened in Rome, Italy. On Saturday 24/5 a group of other pigs, with their faces covered, invaded an area in Rome called Pignetto inhabited by immigrants from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They smashed the shops of two ethnic food stores and a call center, all run by immigrants of Bangladesh and Pakistan; fortunately they did not hurt a single person. Until this moment what we have is the replica of the incident at Rendi, Athens which I had written about, (with the exception that beating immigrants themselves in Athens is of course much worse, let alone comparing the mosque to shops). But here is how the things in Greece and Italy begin to differ: Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Today’s Sunday, wanna go to the yousouroum?

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 25/05/2008

Each Sunday athenians and tourists flock to the famous Flea Market of Monastiraki in the heart of Athens, affectiοnatelly called «yousouroum«/ «γιουσουρούμ«, (alternate spellings in english: yiusurum/ giousouroum). Originally the term «yousouroum» was limited to Avissinias Square which was the traditional area of the old-curiosity shop dealers; it was used to describe both the old-curiosity market and the square itself. This fleamarket became so famous in Greece that the term «yousouroum» has come to be an accepted term to symbolize any fleamarket or bazaar in all of Greece. The term is so popular that, even though it is considered a folk term, it is used today in important newspapers or even at meetings of town councils discussing the institution of fleamarkets. The fleamarket of Avisinias Square although it has expanded to the whole Monastiraki area, it is still referred today by athenians as Yousouroum. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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All quiet on Rendi (except for some Pakistani)

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 22/05/2008

Last week a group of 12-15 individual pigs attacked the mosque of the Pakistani Community at Rendi, Athens. They invaded with rocks and sticks and beated both Pakistani and a greek neighbor who protested. This follows other similar attacks which happened in the area, with more important the one on October 7th of last year. They also threatened the Pakistani to «get out of Greece» and these threats follow other recent ones that accompanied beatings of Pakistani last week.

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May 17th, Day against Homophobia

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 17/05/2008

The 17th of May is the Day against Homophobia. I didn’t know about it but thanks to e-lawyer’s post I managed not to miss it. There isn’t much sense about me commenting on it since he has a very nice article stating the rights deriving the Principles of Yogyakarta for people of all sexual and gender orientations, (in greek).

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Confused, who are we supposed to destroy?

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 16/05/2008

Confused, please help me out here; here are two excerpts from different sources:

Q: You said some Ottoman documents depicted the Arab national movement as a tool in the hands of foreign powers used to weaken the Ottoman state. What about the Turkish national movements such as the Young Turks and the Committee of Union and Progress? How were they depicted?

A: The Committee of Union and Progress was based on the Young Turks movement. Thessaloniki (modern day Greece) was known for its population of Jews who migrated from Spain and fled religious persecution in Europe in the late 19th century. Some argue that the migration of the Jews from Europe to the Ottoman state was plotted by the Jews and the Europeans under the pretence of religious persecution in order to sabotage the Ottoman state. However, I believe that the Jews encouraged nationalism amongst the Turks and were behind the establishment of the Young Turks and the Young Arab Society [Al Fatat] at the same time that was based in London.


Αξίζει να αναφερθεί ότι αμέσως μετά την Αλωση της Πόλης, οι Τούρκοι επιδόθηκαν στον αφελληνισμό της, καταφεύγοντας, μεταξύ των άλλων και στο μέτρο του εποικισμού. (the Turks began to wipe out the greek character of the city and resorted to colonizing it)

Είναι ιστορικά τεκμηριωμένο, ότι αμέσως μετά την άλωση του 1453, ο σουλτάνος Μωάμεθ ο Β’, διέταξε τον εποικισμό της Κωνσταντινουπόλεως και για τον σκοπό αυτό μεταφέρθηκαν εκατοντάδες οικογένειες εβραίων από την περιοχή της Θεσσαλονίκης. (hundreds of families of Jews were moved from Thessaloniki to Constantinople) Επ’ αυτού ο άγγλος τουρκολόγος Lowry, αναφέρει ότι ολόκληρος ο εβραϊκός πληθυσμός της Θεσσαλονίκης, μεταφέρθηκε και εγκαταστάθηκε, οριστικά, με την υπόδειξη των τουρκικών αρχών, στην πρωτεύουσα της Οθωμανικής πλέον Αυτοκρατορίας, συγκροτώντας μάλιστα ιδιαίτερη συνοικία (Cemaat). Επίσης δεν είναι καθόλου τυχαίο το γεγονός, ότι ο Μωάμεθ είχε υπουργοποιήσει τους εβραίους Χακίμ και Γιακούμπ, μέλη της ανθελληνικής ομάδας «Γκαρέμπια»*.

/I won’t provide a link but it is available

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Posted in the jews did it!, thessaloniki, Uncategorized | Με ετικέτα: , , , , , , , | 8 Σχόλια »

7 reasons why you shouldn’t be an antizionist (by Nikos)

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 09/05/2008

CWhen we speak against nationalism, we are obliged to talk against the nationalism of own country, in other case what we’re talking about is foreign policy.


60 yearsOn May the 8th of 2005 AgitProp’s Niko Yenimakis had written a post on 7 reasons one should not be an antizionist. Personally I think I’m crucifying him and me together by bringing this up, since zionism is the absolute evil in Greece; on the other hand at some point one needs to state the obvious which is that both Israel and Palestine have a right to a homeland. The occasion are the 60 years from the founding of the State of Israel, the achievement of the goal set by the first Zionist Congress in 1897 in the troubled years of the Dreyfus Affair.

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The Romaniote Jews in Ioannina and N.York, an exhibition

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 05/05/2008

Here’s an interesting exhibition that I was informed about by Kehila Kedosha Janina. It is a photographic journey among the romaniote Jewish Community of Ioannina/Janina in Greece and their american brethren who arrived from this community and established the Romaniote Community of New York by founding the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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On Sharia, Halakha and the Secular State

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 01/05/2008

A small piece of news which I found of great importance, (via φιλευθερος and roides):

Greece is the only country in the European Union that allows the implementation of the Sharia, the muslim religious law. This is based on the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne governing the status of the muslim minority of Western Thrace or rather a convenient, (for various reasons both for the Greek State and the Muslim Minority), interpretation of the Treaty. Still recently the Court of First Instance, (Πρωτοδικείο), of Rodopi has overturned a decision by an islamic court stating that :

«the prerogatives of the mufti (…) cannot act towards the direction of violating the personal/civil rights of muslim women«

The case regarded the inheritance that was to be assigned to a daughter and was half of what the son would perceive. It is the first of it’s kind and opens up the way to the abolition of the practice since it directly challenges the decision of the mufti. You can read an article on the greek Sharia by Ios but I’d also recommend reading an interesting dialogue at e-roosters.


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