Greece’s neo-Nazi political party, the Golden Dawn, posted an article on its website condemning Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras for a planned visit to Washington, DC, next month, during which he will address the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Global Forum.
Golden Dawn, which currently holds 18 seats in Greece’s national parliament, maintains that “Zionists” control American and Greek politics. A cartoon accompanied the article, showing Prime Minister Samaras under a bloody AJC logo in front of a Jewish man, evoking the Nazi cartoons of the pre-Holocaust era. On a wall within the picture, U.S. President Barack Obama is similarly portrayed as a stereotypical religious Jew.
“Golden Dawn does not even attempt to camouflage its ideology of hate. Indeed, Golden Dawn is crystal clear, and, nearly 70 years after the Holocaust, represents an insidious outlook that cannot be ignored today,” AJC Executive Director David Harris said in a statement.
“AJC enjoys long-standing and fruitful relations with Greece—with the government, civil society, the Orthodox Church, Greek American leaders, and, of course, the Jewish community in Greece. We are truly honored that Prime Minister Samaras, with whom we stay in close touch, will address our Global Forum. He will reach a large global audience eager to hear from him and show their support for Greece’s bright and prosperous future – a future in which the Golden Dawn will, we hope, fade into the oblivion it so richly deserves,” Harris added.