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May 13, 2018 10:35 am

Jewish Community of Athens Holds Silent Protest After Desecration of Jewish Cemetery

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A protest held in Athens following the desecration of a Jewish cemetery. Photo: JNS.org.

JNS.org – The Jewish community of Athens on Sunday formed a human circle around the Jewish cemetery of the city in a silent protest to say that antisemitism will not be tolerated in Greece, after the cemetery was desecrated last week.

The protest rally was called by the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), which represents the country’s 6,000 Jews. Members of the Greek government and religious groups in Greece participated in the rally in a gesture of solidarity with the Jewish community.

The Vice-Mayor of Athens, Lefteris Papagiannakis, addressed the rally.

The World Jewish Congress said it stands with the Jewish Community of Athens in condemning repeated antisemitic attacks, and its initiative to organize a the silent protest. The group has launched in parallel a social media campaign to raise awareness of the antisemitic manifestations ongoing in Greece, urging people worldwide to join in support.

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“The World Jewish Congress abhors the despicable and cowardly act of desecrating Jewish property and stands firmly with the local Jewish community in urging individuals, organizations, and public authorities to mobilize in any way possible to make it absolutely clear that there is no room for antisemitism in Greek society,” said WJC CEO Robert Singer. “It is inconceivable that still today, antisemitic stereotypes are rife in Greece. We cannot stand by in silence as hatred  continues unhindered.”

“Greece was once home to a strong and influential Jewish community, which was all but decimated during the Holocaust. The community that remains today is small but still vibrant, and unfortunately is no stranger to antisemitic manifestations. Every citizen of Greece deserves the full protection of its government. We thank Athens Mayor Giorgis Kaminis for publicly condemning this antisemitic act, and urge other politicians and authorities to follow suit,” said Singer.

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