Athens, Greece Oct. 28, 2010 (AP)
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The Greek government condemned on Thursday the anti-Semitic statements by the Metropolite of Piraeus Seraphim which were broadcast on national television earlier this week, in which he blamed Jews for the country's financial crisis and said that the Holocaust was a Jewish fabrication.

Greek government spokesman George Petalotis said in a statement that the government condemns the language of hatred by whoever expresses it, and added that the government was responsible for stigmatizing any language that denies the Holocaust.

The statement added that the priest's comments insulted the Greek society and culture of which the Jewish community is an inseparable part.

While being interviewed on a morning show of Greece's largest television station, Mega TV, the Metropolite of Piraeus Seraphim said that international Zionism tries to destroy family values by promoting one-parent families and same-sex marriages, and said there is a Zionist conspiracy to enslave Greece and Christian Orthodoxy.

The Metropolite also said that Hitler was just a tool used by Zionists in order to ensure the establishment of Israel.

When the Greek host asked him, "Why do you disagree with Hitler's politics? If they are doing all this, wasn't he right in burning them?," the Metropolite answered, "Adolf Hitler was an instrument of world Zionism and was financed from the renowned Rothschild family with the sole purpose of convincing the Jews to leave the shores of Europe and go to Israel to establish the new Empire."

He went on to say that Jews such as "Rockefeller, Rotchschild and Soros control the international banking system that controls globalization."