Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Zorba" Composer Calls Himself an Anti-Semite; Mikis Theodorakis: US Jews Caused Econ. Crises

The Jewish Week website reports today (February 10, 2011) that Mikis Theodorakis -- the Greek composer who wrote the music for the film "Zorba the Greek" -- said in a television interview that he is an "anti-Semite and anti-Zionist."

Theodorakis, 86, a hero of Greece, also said in the interview on Greece's High Channel that "American Jews are behind the world economic crisis that has hit Greece also."

The composer -- a member of the Greek Communist Party for 60 years -- once was a supporter of Israel, but gradually became a major critic.

In 2003, Theodorakis declared that "Jews are the root of all evil." When the Greek Jewish community reacted strongly to his statement, he apologized.

Oddly -- during his television interview -- Theodorakis said, "I'm an anti-Semite, but I love Jews." Does anyone else find this statement a paradox? Can anyone explain its meaning in the Comments section?

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