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Uproar after Greek party leader says Jews don’t pay taxes

Panos  Kammenos Panos Kammenos

A prominent Greek Jewish communal organization condemned a right-wing politician after he claimed that Jews don’t pay taxes. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (CBJC) issued a statement in response saying it “categorically refutes” Independent Greeks’ (ANEL) party leader Panos Kammenos’ comments. “It is a disgrace that a leader of a party in Parliament does not know that Greek Jews are equal citizens and subject to the all the rights and obligations of every citizen,” CBJC said.

“Our representative bodies, which are public legal entities, are governed by the exact same tax obligations as the Church of Greece and without receiving any subsidy from the Greek state,” the statement added. The Jewish community called on Kammenos to apologize for the “serious anti-Semitic act.

” Kammenos, leader of the small right-wing Independent Greeks Party (ANEL), made the comment Monday during an interview on private Antenna television channel. Commenting on an article by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras published in a Greek daily, in which he called on ANEL’s MPs to vote in favour of the presidential candidate, Stavros Dimas, Kammenos said this is impossible because Samaras’ government has voted laws that are “against the Orthodox Church.

” “We see that Orthodoxy, which Mr Samaras cites in his article, his government took most of the decisions that are against the Church of Greece; cremation, civil partnerships for homosexuals, taxation just for the Orthodox religion. Buddhists, Jews, Muslims are not taxed, the Orthodox Church is taxed and in fact is at risk of losing its monastery assets,” Kammenos said.

 The comments come days after gunmen opened fire on the Israeli embassy in Athens, an attack blamed by Greek police on a far-left Greek terror group.








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