NEW YORK/ATHEN S (EJP)---Jewish organizations have expressed concern over the presence of an extreme-right anti-Semitic party in the new government of national unity in Greece.
The Greek new interim cabinet, led by Lucas Papademos, set up after the resignation of George Papandreou, held its first session on Friday after having been sworn in earlier in the day. It will have to roll out painful austerity measures to calm the turmoil that threatens to bankrupt Greece and force it out of the euro zone.
"We are deeply concerned by the presence in the new unity government of the LAOS extreme-right, headed by Georgios Karatzaferis," the American Jewish Committee (AJC) said.
According to reports, Karatzaferis, a tv-channel owner and former member of the European Parliament, has a record of outrageous statements about Jews, including spreading the libel that Jews were implicated in the 9/11 attacks by their alleged absence from work that day.