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Greece - Athens Jews Unharmed By Violent Riots

Published on: May 5, 2010 03:14 PM
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Athenian demonstrators hurl projectiles at riot police in Athens during a nationwide strike in Greece, May 5, 2010.  Greece braced for a day of demonstrations during a nationwide strike by civil servants protesting the announcement of draconian austeristy measures.   REUTERS/John Kolesidis Greece - The 3,000 members of the Jewish community of Athens have so far remained untouched by the violence that has swept through the streets.  Tens of thousands of people gathered today outside the Greek parliament building during nationwide strikes to protest newly enacted austerity measures designed to save the country from bankruptcy.  Enraged rioters attempted to storm Parliament, threw Molotov cocktails and paving stones at the police, and set fire to several buildings.  Three people are reported dead after being trapped inside a burning bank. 

Rabbi Mendel Hendel, Director of Chabad Lubavitch of Athens Greece,  located just blocks away from the turmoil,  told VIN News,  “So far the violence has had no special effects on the community.  The riots today were quite violent, but it quieted down in the afternoon and we hope it will stay like that. ”

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Greece has been virtually shut down in protest of imminent tax increases and spending cuts,  with all flights in and out of the country suspended, trains and ferries shut down, government offices closed and hospitals working with only emergency medical staff.  Journalists also walked off their jobs, suspending all television and radio news broadcasts.
While the unrest closed public schools in Greece today,  the Jewish community school remained open according to the Rabbi.

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 May 05, 2010 at 03:51 PM Anonymous Says:

How can you say they are unharmed? They are citizens like everyone else and will be affected by the austerity measures imposed. Why would you expect them to be targeted? I am sure there are Jewish students in the activist movement. Come on.

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 May 05, 2010 at 04:37 PM MG Says:

I work with a guy from Greece, he says the riots are no big deal, they happen all the time.... I'm not downplaying the financial crisis there, but the riots are just fodder for the cameras

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 May 05, 2010 at 05:12 PM esther Says:

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Anonymous Says:

How can you say they are unharmed? They are citizens like everyone else and will be affected by the austerity measures imposed. Why would you expect them to be targeted? I am sure there are Jewish students in the activist movement. Come on.

it sounds like your saying that the austerity measures are going to harm the greek citizens.do you know that one of the things they're rioting about is a decrease in paid vacation time which somehow includes a13th and14th month? these socialist europeans are terribly spoiled by their goverment cradel to grave handouts and now they're having a mass tantrum because part of their goodies are being taken away.

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 May 05, 2010 at 05:38 PM Anonymous Says:

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MG Says:

I work with a guy from Greece, he says the riots are no big deal, they happen all the time.... I'm not downplaying the financial crisis there, but the riots are just fodder for the cameras

How can you say its no big deal? Three people are dead already.

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 May 05, 2010 at 06:29 PM Anonymous Says:

a bunch of girls lol

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 May 05, 2010 at 06:40 PM joey Says:

of course the jews should worry about being harmed. they are crossing the picket line and opening their schools on a day that the whole country is on strike. the right thing to do would be to show solidarity with the people and shut the school and not provoke the rioting masses. why do they have to be different?

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 May 05, 2010 at 07:20 PM Charlie Hall Says:

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esther Says:

it sounds like your saying that the austerity measures are going to harm the greek citizens.do you know that one of the things they're rioting about is a decrease in paid vacation time which somehow includes a13th and14th month? these socialist europeans are terribly spoiled by their goverment cradel to grave handouts and now they're having a mass tantrum because part of their goodies are being taken away.

In this case it was not the Socialists who are responsible for the mess. The previoius conservative government went on a spending free in order to try to bribe the voters into re-electing them. The ploy failed, as the government was not re-elected, and destroyed the economy in the process. The current Socialist government is stuck with having to clean up the mess, and it does not have very many tools available because of the EU restrictions. The Greek Prime Minister has even consulted with Benjamin Netanyahu regarding what to do!

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 May 05, 2010 at 07:40 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

How can you say its no big deal? Three people are dead already.

The guy I work with, a middle aged professional from Greece said its no big deal, bear in mind that we are lucky to live in a country like the USA, but Greece... Well things are different there! He hasn't even called his family to see if they are ok, bec like he said, it happens all the time!
Btw #2 has a very good point, well said!

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 May 05, 2010 at 08:24 PM HaNavon Says:

The rioting could get very scary, very quickly, especially for the Jews. Let's not forget the Don Pacifico affair in 1847, when rioting in Athens turned anti-semitic and the mob vandalized and looted the stately home of Jewish trader and Portuguese Consul to Athens, Don Pacifico. He requested and was denied compensation from the Greek government, and turned to the British for help, since he was a British citizen. They sent Royal Navy warships to the port of Piraeus to blockade the Greek harbor and seize Greek ships and property to repay Don Pacifico. Unfortunately, I don't think anyone would come to the aid of Greek Jews in distress if things got out of hand, so let's hope our Grecian brothers are alright.
Incidentally, I did a 'Gorel' about the Greek economic situation last week, in which I asked whether high yield Greek bonds would be worth investing in, and the Gorel's answer was a passuk saying "wait 7 days and then you will see", this was 7 days ago, and now it is eminently clear that investing in Greek bonds, no matter how high yielding, is unsound.

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 May 06, 2010 at 02:19 AM Milhouse Says:

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joey Says:

of course the jews should worry about being harmed. they are crossing the picket line and opening their schools on a day that the whole country is on strike. the right thing to do would be to show solidarity with the people and shut the school and not provoke the rioting masses. why do they have to be different?

Because it is WRONG to show solidarity with communists and socialists. You yourself refer to them as rioting masses who might be "provoked"; are those the kind of people we should be in solidarity with?! Why be different? Because we are Jews, that's why. Jews are supposed to be an am levodod yishkon.

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 May 06, 2010 at 02:04 PM anonymous Says:

It would not be so funny if what is stated would resemble to the Greek Jewish community. Greek Jews were decimated worst especially thasssolinka and there are some in athens now. Jew have little influence on the Greek political life and here where your ignorance comes in a shining brilliant light better discuss cholent

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 May 06, 2010 at 02:14 PM anonymous Says:

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Milhouse Says:

Because it is WRONG to show solidarity with communists and socialists. You yourself refer to them as rioting masses who might be "provoked"; are those the kind of people we should be in solidarity with?! Why be different? Because we are Jews, that's why. Jews are supposed to be an am levodod yishkon.

Milhouse you don't know what you are talking and your robot type responses are pure malarkey. . CURRENT GRREK JEWISH POPULATION IS A TOTAL OF 5,000 , FIVE THOUSAND.

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 May 06, 2010 at 03:42 PM Asher Buchwalter Says:

Greece or Hellas even has a small neo-Nazi party

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 May 06, 2010 at 05:17 PM anonymous Says:

Greece main exportsare Olive oil, Feta cheese, olives and beautiful vacation spots on the agaen islands which competes poorly with Audis, Zeiss precision optics and mercedes or the Austrians guns , cars and precision steel. We had the same problem shuffeling dollars on wall street is not a product but we also have , IBM, Caterpillar , Merck, General Electric which compensate for the wall street fata morgana

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