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GREECE – Eleftheri Ora accuses Greek President of being a traitor on account of his Jewish origins

On its front page, the far-right newspaper claimed that President Pavlopoulos is Jewish and accused him of being disloyal to Greece for agreeing to the North Macedonia name deal and as such links his Jewish origins to a completely unrelated and hotly debated political decisions. This is Greece's media monitoring highlight for January.

This article is part of the Media Monitoring Highlights of January, a monthly overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.

eleftheri ora prokopis 2Date of publication: 28 January 2019

Media OutletEleftheri Ora, far-right daily newspaper


Headline: “Prokopis Traitor with… Kippah”

Description of the antisemitic contentEleftheri Ora’s front page accuses the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos of being a traitor for his soft stand on the Prespa Agreement which formally recognises the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to be recognized as the Republic of Northern Macedonia. On the previous day, Holocaust Memorial Day, he attended an event in Thessaloniki’s  Music Hall. The far-right newspaper shared information about protests against the President  to be held outside the city hall and by the use of inflammatory language actually indirectly encouraged attendance at the protest. Clashes with the police were reported that night. The following day, the newspaper published the frontpage mentioned and accuses the president of being a traitor. It also described the previous days’ clashes as an ‘’angry mob’s attempt to lynch the president’’. This frontpage is an example of unprofessional journalism that borders on incitement to antisemitic hate.

Myth debunked: Eleftheri Ora is taking advantage of public opinion surrounding the highly contentious Prespa agreement to fuel hatred against Jews. The newspaper connects two separate issues –the President acceptance of the Prespa agreement and his assumed Jewish identity – which have no correlation. The newspaper does not provide any evidence to support the claim. Furthermore, last week, a majority of Greek MPs voted in favour of the Prespa agreement, but Eleftheri Ora has singled out and disparaged, the role of the president.  The accusation that Jews are not loyal to society or the country in which they live is one of the oldest antisemitic tropes. In line with previous articles that attributed Jewish origins to many politicians, Eleftheri Ora is once more feeding conspiracy theories that accuse Jewish people of being disproportionately represented in spheres of power and to secretly pulling strings in Greek politics.

More to read:

Straight Talk on the Charge of Jewish Disloyalt

How Greece is combating widespread anti-Semitism

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