Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Archbishop Christodoulos: A Trip to Israel is a Trip to Hell

Kathimerni (Herald Tribune) reports: A speech by the outspoken head of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Christodoulos, during which he used a little-known and old-fashioned phrase that links Israel with hell, drew criticism from the Israeli Embassy yesterday. “We are headed for Israel, or hell, in other words,” said Christodoulos, speaking at the Aghios Spyridon Church in Athens. “We see that the forces of darkness are undermining this country and are trying to remove Christianity from Greece and create a new order in our society so that in a few years nobody remembers God or the Church.” The Israeli Embassy in Athens reacted to the comments by saying that it was “unfortunate” that the archbishop had chosen to use an “antiquated phrase that portrays the state of Israel in a negative light.” “We are convinced the archbishop fully respects the high moral standards which the state of Israel is based on,” the statement added. Tovya says: He respects high moral standards? Was it the fact that he equated a rendevous to Israel with a trip to hell that convinced the Israeli embassy spokesman of such, or was it because he "blames the Jews" for his nation's abiding by European Union regulations? Archbishop Christodoulos is an anti-Semite who should be barred from entry into Israel. I don't care who he is, or what position he holds, Israel IS Jewish, and the racist Greek Orthodox Church has no place in our G-d given homeland. Side Note: For those of you who think that France is the most anti-Semitic European nation, I leave you with a few "political cartoons" that have appeared in the mainstream Greek press:
"Do you think that the Lord may be related to Hamas? Every time he is resuscitated they kill him again" (After the assassination of Sheikh Yassin) The woman asks: “Why did the Jewish Government kill a religious leader?” The man answers, “They are practicing for Easter.”

8 Comments:

Blogger ifyouwillit said...

Anyone else want to join Iran and Greece on the non-stop express to racistville? There's no stopping them this week.

The hagadah reminds us that in every generation there will be someone to tred on us and remind us that we're in galut. I pray we reach the light at the end of the tunnel soon, and can be as numerous as grains of sand without having everyone look down on us for it.

12/14/2005 07:07:00 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Tovya,
I, too, have heard some very dispariging things about anti-Semitism in Greece. On the other hand, it's important to remember that a large portion of the Greek population has no anti-Semitic feelings and that Greece didn't cooperate with Hitler to the same extent that Poland, Ukraine, and Belorussian did-just to name a few.

On another note what do you think is the most pro-Israeli country in Europe? (I already have an idea)

12/14/2005 08:02:00 AM  
Blogger Stevin said...

I'm surprised that Israel even has an embassy in Greece. The Jewish population there is very small, only about 5,000.
Greece cooperated with Hitler in that by the end of the war, nearly 90% of the Greek Jewish population had perished in Auschwitz. The rest lost their homes and possessions.

12/14/2005 11:20:00 AM  
Blogger Tovya @ Zion Report said...

ifwillit:

I agree... hopefully the redemption is near, and then these same folks and stare at us in disbelief, and be amazed that we were truly chosen by G-d above the nations. I just want to be alive to see their shame.
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Eitan:

Actually, the Greek population is largely anti-semitic and very open about it. Not the worst (Spain holds that title), but still very bad, and worst off, their hate for us is very mainstream.

Greece still cooperated with Hitler by allowing the deportation of Jews to be murdered by the Nazis.

As for the best friend of Israel in Europe (if such a definition truly exists) then it would probablly have to be Germany if we are talking about actions (and not simply lip service).
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Stevin:

They have an embassy there because most civilized nations keep embassies regardless of how many of "their own" live in the host country.

As for your Hitler/Greek cooperation comment, you are RIGHT ON THE MONEY.

12/14/2005 04:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you just learned Greece was anti-sematic, how about taking a look at the christian religion which was created on greek soil. The christians are out to convert all jews and destory anything jewish. This is nothing new. Jews should always watch out for the Catholics and greek orthodox because their crazy!

12/14/2005 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger ifyouwillit said...

Christians are not out to convert Jews, they are out to convert belivers of other faiths, or non belivers.

12/15/2005 01:26:00 AM  
Blogger Tovya @ Zion Report said...

well of cource, but christian doctrine is very specific on who's soul "comes first" on the totem pole, and that is our souls. First the Jew and then the gentile...

12/15/2005 05:51:00 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

mobystick and Tovya: thanks for informing me about Greek cooperation with Hitler. I guess I was completely clueless about that. Nontheless, you will probably agree with me that there were plenty of countries who did a lot more in the way of killing of local Jews.

Tovya: you're wrong about Germany being our best friend in Europe. The Serbians are by far Israel's closest allies (the same "bad guys" who actually had the balls to try getting rid of the local Muslims.

12/16/2005 08:12:00 AM  

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