The World Jewish Congress stands with the Jewish Community of Athens in condemning repeated anti-Semitic attacks, and its initiative to organize a silent protest at the site of a recently desecrated Jewish cemetery this Sunday in the presence of government officials and public figures. The WJC will participate in the protest, which is backed by the WJC’s local affiliate the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, and has launched in parallel a social media campaign to raise awareness of the anti-Semitic manifestations ongoing in Greece, urging people worldwide to join in support.
“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 anti-Semitism in Greek society,” said WJC CEO Robert Singer. "It is inconceivable that still today, anti-Semitic 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 anti-Semitic manifestations. Every citizen of Greece deserves the full protection of its government. We thank Athens Mayor Giorgis Kaminis for publicly condemning this anti-Semitic act, and urge other politicians and authorities to follow suit,” said Singer.
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