Wiesenthal Center: Greek composer must be stripped of prize

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February 15, 2011 11:32

 
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The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday reacted to anti-Semitic remarks made by Zorba the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis' "obsessive anti-Jewish hatemongering." In a letter, it demanded the International Music Council (IMC) strip the Greek composer of his 2005 IMC-UNESCO International Music Prize.

The center said that the Greek composer, who penned yet another piece filled with anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist assertions on Monday, "offends all Jews, now including the identity of many of his predecessor awardees, such as Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Barenboim, Banny Goodman, Gidon Kremer, Yahudi
Menuhin."

Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Weisenthal Center's director for international relations, said that such self-declared racists "must be scorned and marginalized. They can no longer serve as icons for their peers or for the younger generation."

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