Official Greek National Tourism Organization promotes anti-Semitic ritual

Via Leon Saltiel & Παρατηρητήριο ρατσιστικού λόγου στην Ελλάδα

From the official page of Greek National Tourism organization:

On Easter Sunday evening, in the courtyard of Elkomenos Christ Church, you can observe the ancient-old ritual of “Judas Burning” reviving: an effigy of Judas made by wood and straw- and filled with explosives- is set on fire!

Abravanel has quoted a source from the end of the 19th century referring to the anti-Semitic character of the said custom:

It remains alive in my memory this custom from home, the burning of the jew.. […] I waited with anxiety this day. […] We thought and felt some kind of delight because we were taking revenge […] Friday night before Easter we would light up the fire and then throw the jew and he would be set ablaze and all the kids would yell like victors after a triumph with something wild together. […] The fire would become enormous, the flames would reach high and light, the beach and the boats in see would see from far away the flames and would know than in Petroumi the christians burn the jew. That day jews would hide in their homes and didn’t dare set foot outside. They kept the children inside and didn’t even go to their shops. The children had such a fury, such hatred that searched a jew to burn him alive».

Centre of Asia Minor studies, Oral Tradition Archive, Karia

Related: 1) Greek state continues to promote “burning of Judas” tradition (Press release from the Greek Helsinki Monitor, 7/4/2007), 2) Κάψιμο του Ιούδα σε όλη την Ελλάδα, σα να μη συμβαίνει τίποτα (Against Antisemitism, 7/4/2015), 3) Το Πάσχα του μίσους (Ο Ιός, 11/04/2015)

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  1. Pingback: Official Greek National Tourism Organization promotes anti-Semitic ritual | Grassrootreuter

  2. KIS addressed a letter of protest to the Greek Tourism National Organization asking for the removal from the Organization’s website of a reference to the custom of the burning of an effigy of Judas (practiced during Christian Easter holidays), as a folkloristic attraction. On the issue KIS issued the following announcement: http://kis.gr/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=637:announcement-for-the-promotion-of-the-custom-of-the-burning-of-judas-in-the-website-of-the-greek-tourism-organization&catid=49:2009-05-11-09-28-23

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