‘Zorba’ Composer Declares Himself an Anti-Semite
02/10/11
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ATHENS, Greece (JTA) -- Mikis Theodorakis, the Greek composer who wrote the music for the film "Zorba the Greek," said in a television interview that he is an "anti-Semite and anti-Zionist."

Theodorakis, 86, a hero in Greece, also said in the interview on Greece's High channel that "everything that happens today in the world has to do with the Zionists." He added that "American Jews are behind the world economic crisis that has hit Greece also."

The composer, a member of the Greek Communist Party for 60 years, once was a supporter of Israel but gradually became a major critic. He has gone from criticizing Israel to making anti-Semitic remarks and holding anti-Semitic positions.

In 2003, Theodorakis declared that "Jews are at the root of all evil." When the Greek Jewish community reacted strongly to his statement he apologized, but nothing really changed.

Oddly, during the television interview he said that "I'm an anti-Semite but I love Jews."

Theodorakis criticized Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou for meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, who the composer says is a persona non-grata in Greece due to his "war crimes in Lebanon and Gaza."

In the interview, Theodorakis had a warning for the Greek people.

"We are in danger. In a few days the Zionists will gather in Greece for a conference," he said, referring to the visit by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which began Tuesday.

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11/08/2011 - 16:18

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Sickening comments. He is not the first person to come to old age and, I presume with decreasing mental abilities, start revealing the hidden bias in his heart. He is certainly no longer a "hero" or "legend", this reveals him to be a bad man.

Theodrakis's own words are all the context that's needed. The best you can say for him, if you want to defend him, is to use the insanity plea. All racism and bigotry, certainly including antisemitism, are diseases/mental illnesses, and Theodrakis is absolutely a very disturbed person. All those who consider him a "hero" are as sick as he is. he and his apologists are all bigots, no better than Nazis and the KKK.
Hi anonymous (very original), Unless he didn't say what he's quoted as saying I don't see how the context can change his declaration that he's an antisemite. Perhaps you can tell us, since you're so smart and fair. P.S love the caps at the end. I'm sure he will be loved by the Greek population but if that's your admission that you've become anti-semitic then you should be less proud of it.
This article is an example of sickening propoganda. Not only have you taken his words out of context but you have decided to ignore the rest of his interview or the reasoning behind ALL his statements.Your propaganda might pass amongst sheep but not amongst those who can think for them selves. MIKIS THEODORAKIS IS A LEGEND AND A HERO AND WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED REGARDLESS OF YOUR PATHETIC PROPAGANDA!!!

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