Group calls for dismissal of Metropolite of Piraeus Seraphim over claim that ‘Adolf Hitler was instrument of world Zionism’
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) condemned and called for strong measures to be taken against the Metropolite of Piraeus Seraphim, who embarked on an anti-Semitic rant on Greek TV.
The Greek Orthodox priest blamed the Jews and Zionists for everything from the current Greek financial crisis to one-parent families, claimed that “Adolf Hitler was an instrument of world Zionism” and that there is a Zionist conspiracy to enslave Greece and Christian Orthodoxy.
EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor was unequivocal in his condemnation. “It is completely unacceptable that someone senior in a mainstream European religious denomination can make such repulsive and hate-filled claims,” Kantor said Wednesday. “That they were said so openly on national television demonstrates that there are those who feel no shame expressing these views in front of a wide audience.”
“European nations and the European Union must immediately pass robust legislation to ban and sanction anti-Semitism in all its forms and at all levels. This rant proves that the discredited views of the twentieth century are apparently alive and well within areas of Europe and this needs to be addressed immediately.”
“We call on the Greek government to implement its laws against such hate-speech and the leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church to immediately remove this person from his position.”
The European Jewish Congress is the democratically elected representative body of European Jewish communities.