UNESCO honors anti-Semite

UNESCO awarded its International Music Prize 2005 to 'Zorba the Greek' composer Mikis Theodorakis for his contributions to understanding between cultures and the advancement of peace.

Two years ago:

Composer Mikis Theodorakis has said he was condemning Israel's Government by saying Jews are "the root of all evil".
The Greek musician said he had always been "on the side of the weak, including the Israeli people".

Mr Theodorakis, best known for his score for Zorba the Greek, made his original comments last week in front of Greek Government officials.

Israeli Justice Minister Tommy Lapid said the remarks were anti—Semitic and resembled those of Hitler.

The Greek Government has said it does not endorse or agree with the remarks made by the composer.

Ed Lasky  11 07 05

UNESCO awarded its International Music Prize 2005 to 'Zorba the Greek' composer Mikis Theodorakis for his contributions to understanding between cultures and the advancement of peace.

Two years ago:

Composer Mikis Theodorakis has said he was condemning Israel's Government by saying Jews are "the root of all evil".
The Greek musician said he had always been "on the side of the weak, including the Israeli people".

Mr Theodorakis, best known for his score for Zorba the Greek, made his original comments last week in front of Greek Government officials.

Israeli Justice Minister Tommy Lapid said the remarks were anti—Semitic and resembled those of Hitler.

The Greek Government has said it does not endorse or agree with the remarks made by the composer.

Ed Lasky  11 07 05