The American Jewish Committee expressed anger at the front-page headline in today's issue of Avriani, a mainstream daily newspaper in Greece.
The newspapers headline, in bold letters, read: "The anticipated victory of Obama in the U.S. elections signals the end of Jewish domination. Everything changes in the USA and we hope that it will be more democratic and humane."
"This vile and scurrilous headline draws on classic anti-Semitic canards of Jewish conspiracy and domination," said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris. "How could any responsible media outlet peddle such outright nonsense?"
Harris added: "Opinion polls consistently show that Senator Obama will receive from two-thirds to three-fourths of the votes of American Jews. Thus, according to the newspaper's perverse logic, Jews are voting overwhelmingly for "the end of Jewish domination. In reality, Jews, like other Americans, celebrate democracy, participate in the political system across the spectrum, and engage in a wide range of civic activity. To suggest something darker and more sinister is to distort reality beyond recognition and fan the flames of religious and ethnic hatred."