Zorba the Greek soundtrack 311.
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Mikis Theodorakis, best known for composing the musical score to the
film Zorba the Greek, recently declared on Greek television that he was
“anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.” “Everything that happens today in the
world has to do with the Zionists,” was one such comment. Another was
“American Jews are behind the world economic crisis that has hit Greece
also.” Theodorakis also blasted Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou
for establishing closer relations with Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu, who was guilty, he said, of “war crimes in Lebanon and Gaza.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday reacted to 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
The Wiesenthal Center said that the Greek composer, who penned yet
another diatribe 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
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."
Kyriakos Loukakis, the Greek ambassador in Israel, wrote in an e-mail to
The Jerusalem Post
on Monday, “I would like to inform you that, as a
matter of principle, we do not comment on opinions of private citizens.
Secondly, the Greek government has always opposed extreme views.
Thirdly, relations between Greece and Israel are very friendly.”