Greek anti-Semitic party wins seats in national parliament

A political party considered anti-Semitic by many observers won ten parliamentary seats in parliamentary elections in Greece this weekend.

The Popular Orthodox Alarm led by a former member of the European Parliament, Giorgos Karatzaferis, becomes the first extreme-right party to enter the Greek parliament in 33 years.

A January 2005 report on global anti-Semitism published by the US State Department described the party as supporting “virulent nationalism, anti-Semitism, racism,” and reported that its leader “regularly attributes negative events involving Greece to international Jewish plots.”

Karatzaferis has tried to change his party’s image and denies he is racist or anti-Semitic. Analysts have attributed the party’s gain to a backlash against the ruling conservative New Democracy Party in wake of the recent wildfires that swept the country and killed 67 people. However, the New Democracy Party led by prime minister Karamanlis managed to maintain its parliamentary majority.


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