[Ip-health] Greek drug firms’ rep warns parliament of Jewish conspiracy | The Times of Israel
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Fri Oct 16 12:27:31 PDT 2015
If its not one thing, its another. And I thought the US GOP was crazy.
THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Greek drug firms’ rep warns parliament of Jewish conspiracy
Bill to open up market to cheap generic drugs is part of a plot between
Germany and Jewish groups, says Dimitris Giannakopoulos
BY JTA October 16, 2015
Greek lawmakers take part in a parliamentary session in Athens, Friday,
Aug. 14, 2015, a debate in parliament to approve a massive new bailout deal
with European creditors and governments. (AP Photo/Yannis Liakos)Greek
lawmakers take part in a parliamentary session in Athens, Friday, Aug. 14,
2015, a debate in parliament to approve a massive new bailout deal with
European creditors and governments. (AP Photo/Yannis Liakos)NEWSROOM
During Wednesday’s debate in parliament, Dimitris Giannakopoulos, the
president of the Hellenic Association of Pharmaceutical Companies, said
11,000 Greek jobs would be lost and blamed the measure on pressure from
Jewish groups in order to benefit Israeli generic drug makers.
He called for a parliamentary investigation into the role of former Prime
Minister Antonis Samaras, Greek-Israeli businessman Sabi Mionis, and David
Harris, the director of the American Jewish Committee, in creating the bill.
Giannakopoulos said the move was also at the behest of German Chancellor
Angela Merkel, accusing her of “imposing a contract of death on Greece” and
referencing the 2010 takeover of the German generic drug maker Ratiopharm
by the Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva.
“Five years ago we said that Israeli companies are hiding behind all this.
Whoever is familiar with the sector of medicines and has not yet understood
that they are trying to favor the Israeli companies is either stupid or
irrelevant, or manipulated,” Giannakopoulos said.
His accusation was echoed later by Nikos Nikolopoulos, a lawmaker from the
right-wing Independent Greek party, the junior member of the governing
The debate was part of a series of measures imposed on Greece as part of
the European financial bailout, including opening up closed sectors such as
the pharmaceutical market.
Lawmakers from the Independent Greek party have been involved recently in a
series of anti-Semitic incidents.
A recent ADL poll found that anti-Semitic stereotypes are widespread in
Greece and that the country had the highest percentage of anti-Semitic
views in Europe.
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