Wave of antisemitic attacks hits Greece

A hideous graffiti, that last Friday, October 16, 2020, defaced the Holocaust Monument of Thessaloniki, was added to the chain of desecrations, threats and vandalism that occurred last week in Greece: “Juden raus” graffiti at the Jewish Cemetery of Athens, “Death to Israel” at the Jewish Cemetery of Thessaloniki, four vandalized tombs at the Jewish Cemetery of Rhodes, and this most recent “With Jews you lose” graffiti, spray-painted on the façade of the Monument dedicated to the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki who were exterminated during the Holocaust.

Via Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS)

Read the KIS announcement for the attacks against Jewish sites – graffiti at the Holocaust Monument of Thessaloniki

The Rhodes Jewish cemetery (Photo: Arie Darzi, CC-BY-SA-3.0)
Just days after leaders of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Greece were charged with leading a criminal group, multiple Jewish sites in the country were targeted and vandalized with antisemitic graffiti. It shows that even when major steps are taken against racism, the fight is on-going.

Ο μύθος του “μοναχικού λύκου” (βίντεο)

του Δημήτρη Κράββαρη

Τον περασμένο Ιούνιο, η οργάνωση Community Security Trust (CST) για την ασφάλεια της Εβραϊκής Κοινότητας της Μεγάλης Βρετανίας συνέταξε μια λεπτομερή έκθεση για το αντισημιτικό μίσος και την προτροπή σε βία από ακροδεξιούς χρήστες στα social media. Το CST βρήκε ότι αυτοί οι χρήστες έχουν εγκαταλείψει τις mainstream ιστοσελίδες όπως το Facebook ή το YouTube και ότι επικοινωνούν πλέον σε πλατφόρμες όπως το Gab, το Telegram, το BitChute και το 4chan καθώς εκεί τους παρέχεται πλήρης ασυλία. Το υλικό που συνέλεξε το CST από αυτές τις τέσσερις πλατφόρμες είναι τόσο ακραίο και σοκαριστικό που οι ιθύνοντες της οργάνωσης αποφάσισαν να μην το δημοσιοποιήσουν αλλά να το κοινοποιήσουν μόνο στις αρχές της Μεγάλης Βρετανίας με την ελπίδα ότι αυτές θα αναλάβουν δράση κατά των online ναζιστικών κοινοτήτων.

Στο βίντεο που ακολουθεί, ο Μαρκ Γκάρντνερ συνοψίζει εκ μέρους του CST τα πορίσματα της μη δημοσιοποιημένης έκθεσης. Βασική του θέση: Δεν ισχύει ότι οι ναζί που επιλέγουν εβραϊκούς ή μη στόχους στη Νέα Ζηλανδία, στις ΗΠΑ ή, πιο πρόσφατα, στη Γερμανία είναι «μοναχικοί λύκοι», παρά το γεγονός ότι διαπράτουν τις ένοπλες επιθέσεις μόνοι τους. Χωρίς την ιδεολογική υποστήριξη των online κοινοτήτων και τη συστηματική εξύμνηση κάθε αιματοκυλίσματος δεν θα ήταν δυνατό το πέρασμα από τα λόγια στην πράξη.

Στο βίντεο γίνονται αναφορές και στην επίθεση στη Συναγωγή της Χάλε τον περασμένο Οκτώβριο. Η δίκη του δράστη συνεχίζεται αύριο μετά από διακοπή τριών εβδομάδων. Έως τώρα έχει αρνηθεί να μιλήσει με συγκεκριμένα στοιχεία για τις επαφές του στο διαδίκτυο.

In a new report, CST uncovers shocking extent of terror incitement and anti-Jewish hate created and circulated by right wing extremists online. See how four social platforms are exposed in this ground-breaking research.

Διαβάστε επίσης: Ξεκίνησε η δίκη για την αντισημιτική επίθεση στη Χάλε της Γερμανίας (28/7/2029)

Αθήνα: Αντισημιτικό γκράφιτι στο Μνημείο Πεσόντων Αεροπόρων

For an English translation please go to antisemitism.co.il.

Στο Μνημείο Πεσόντων Αεροπόρων (Πλατεία Καραϊσκάκη) έχει γραφτεί με σπρέι το αντισημιτικό σύνθημα “Έξω οι Εβραίοι σατανιστές” μαζί με χριστιανικά σύμβολα. Επείγει η παρέμβαση του συνεργείου καθαρισμού του Δήμου Αθηναίων.

Φωτογραφίες: Ρόζα Ρούσσου

Ενημέρωση, 16 Αυγούστου

Διαβάστε σχετικά:

Επιστολή του Κεντρικού Ισραηλιτικού Συμβουλίου προς τον Δήμαρχο Αθηναίων κ. Κώστα Μπακογιάννη (13 Αυγούστου 2020) στην οποία αναφέρεται μεταξύ άλλων: “Παρακαλούμε όπως μεριμνήσετε για την άμεση απάλειψη του επαίσχυντου αυτού αντισημιτικού και αντικοινωνικού συνθήματος, το οποίο προσβάλλει τον πολιτισμό της πόλης της Αθήνας.”

15/08/2020: Μηνυτήρια αναφορά για αντισημιτικό βανδαλισμό Μνημείου Πεσόντων Αεροπόρων στην Αθήνα από χριστιανούς φονταμενταλιστές στην οποία αναφέρεται μεταξύ άλλων: “Παρακαλούμε να ερευνηθεί το οπτικό υλικό από τις κάμερες που καλύπτουν την πλατεία για την εύρεση των δραστών του προδήλως ρατσιστικού αδικήματος.”

Ενημέρωση, 19 Αυγούστου

Το μνημείο έχει καθαριστεί στο μεταξύ από το αντισημιτικό σύνθημα. Η φωτογραφία της Ρόζας Ρούσσου είναι σημερινή.

In 2018, the Racist Violence Recording Network recorded 10 anti-Semitic attacks in Greece

LOGO-FINAL_GRK-02-300x134Athens, 19.4.2019- The Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) presented yesterday their annual report, which analyses findings of racist violence and hate crime across Greece in 2018, recorded by the 46 organizations participating in the Network.

From January to December 2018, the RVRN documented, through interviews with victims, 117 incidents of racist violence, with more than 130 victims. In 74 incidents the victims were migrants or refugees on grounds of ethnic origin, religion, colour, associations of third country nationals, human rights defenders due to their connection with refugees and migrants, as well as a memorial to the victims of shipwrecks. In six (6) incidents, Greek citizens were targeted due to their colour, foreign or ethnic origin. In nine (9) incidents, the targets were Jewish sacred or symbolic places and the Jewish community and in one (1) incident the target was a Greek citizen due to educational activity against anti-Semitism or perceived religion. In 27 incidents the targets were LGBTQI+ persons, including five (5) refugees, asylum-seekers and EU citizens. In 59 incidents more than one victim was targeted, whereas in 63 incidents the assault was committed by a group of at least two people.

For more information click here.

Excerpt from the report (p. 19):

In 2018, the RVRN recorded 9 anti-Semitic attacks. In particular, there were 6 incidents of desecration of Holocaust memorials in Athens and Thessaloniki, 2 incidents of desecration of the Jewish cemetery in Nikaia and Trikala as well as 1 incident of vandalism of the synagogue in Volos. In these incidents the perpetrators drew Nazi symbols or words and slogans referring to the Holocaust, threatening the Jewish community as a whole. Additionally, there was an incident against a teacher, who is being harassed severely due to his educational activity against anti-Semitism. According to the Fundamental Rights Agency—FRA, the challenge regarding the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide, has the following paradox: According to the most recent Eurobarometer results, while anti-Semitic behaviour is so common that it is considered a normal situation, only 36% of those who answered believe that anti-Semitism has increased. In addition, only 4 out of 10 Europeans believe that children in schools learn enough about the Holocaust*. The RVRN is aware of the many faces of anti-Semitism in Greece, which, as in other countries, is not limited to desecrations and vandalisms by groups, but it also penetrates large parts of the population and is reflected in the everyday talks. For the above, the RVRN participated, with great interest, to a meeting held by the General Secretariat of Transparency and Human Rights.

* FRA, Experiences and perceptions of antisemitism – Second survey on discrimination and hate crime against Jews in the EU (2018). See the relevant Eurobarometer survey: http://ec.europa.eu/commfrontoffice/publicopinion/index.cfm/survey/getsurveydetail/instruments/special/surveyky/2220

The full report is available here.

Trikala Holocaust Memorial with “goyim” graffiti vandalized

Trikala Desecration 2019

More photos at trikalanews.gr

The Holocaust Memorial at the city of Trikala, in northwestern Thessaly, was found desecrated with the inscription «ΓΚΟΪΜ» (“goyim”), just four months after its unveiling. Photos from the Greek outlet trikalanews.gr captured the vandalism.

The monument designed by the municipality, with input from Trikala’s Jewish community, is in the shape of a tear flanked by railway tracks. In the center is an olive tree and to the side is a column with an inscription in three languages: Greek, Hebrew, and English. [via tabletmag.com]

Just weeks before the unveiling ceremony in 2018, a vandal attack targeted the Jewish cemetery of Trikala. Unknown antisemites vandalized and destroyed eight tombs and tombstones – among which the two graves of the parents of the President of the Jewish Community of Trikala.

Photos of the vandalism that targeted the Jewish Cemetery of Trikala

We publish below photos of the recent desecration of the Trikala Jewish Cemetery, courtesy of Antiratsistiki Enimerosi. Jewish graves and memorials are a recurring target of vandals in Greece. Although the numbers of Greeks of Jewish religion is, according to the Greek Census, very low (5000, i.e. 0.05% of the Greek population) the incidents of antisemitic rhetoric and the recorded attacks against Jewish monuments or synagogues are disproportionately high, recent studies found.

Trikala octobre 2018

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Vandals desecrate the Jewish Cemetery of Trikala

TRIKALA_VANDALISMOS_2018Via kis.gr

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the dismay of the entire Greek Jewry and strongly condemns the vandal attack that once more occurred against the Jewish cemetery of Trikala.

More specifically, followers of racism and antisemitism vandalized and destroyed eight tombs and tombstones -among which the two graves of the parents of the President of the Jewish Community of Trikala.

Following the lawsuit against persons unknown, pressed by the Jewish Community of Trikala, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece calls upon law enforcement authorities to take all necessary measures for the arrest of the perpetrators and the protection of the city’s Jewish cemetery, which -apart from its sacred nature- reflects the historic course of the Jewish presence in Trikala.

We believe that the municipal authorities together with the society of Trikala will not allow the followers of hatred to harm the harmonious coexistence of all the citizens of Trikala, regardless of skin color, race or religion.

Athens, October 12, 2018

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

Latest antisemitic incidents in Greece

September 8: At least four banners featuring antisemitic signs were displayed by violent protesters against the Macedonia name deal in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki (h/t Leon Saltiel). They read “Talmud, Qabballah, the Enemy of the Humanity”, “Against New World Order (with a red line erasing the Star of David), “Here Greece, Here Orthodoxy. Death to Zionism” and “Rothschild, your end is coming”.

Rally against Macedonia Sept8th_2

“Rothschild, your end ist coming”: One of the antisemitic banners displayed in Thessaloniki. More signs at antisemitism.org.il

Late August: Antisemitic graffiti was sprayed on the wall of a house located in a central street of Sparta. The inscription reads “Death to the Jews” (Θάνατος στους Εβραίους), skalalakonias blog has reported.

Late August: The Ioannina section of leftist “Popular Unity” party opposed in a press release the twinning agreement between the city of Ioannina (northern Greece) and the city of Kiryat Ono calling Israel a “terrorist state”.

August 31: Hate graffiti, propaganda material and several christian symbols were found outside the construction site of a state-funded mosque in Athens, lifo.gr has reported. Some of the flyers posted outside the construction site are clearly antisemitic: “Out with the Freemasons and the Jews” and “All bank are controlled by Zionists,” they read.

August 30: An antisemitic sticker referring to the “Jews and money” stereotype with the slur “Jew dog” was found near the Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki. The sticker was posted by followers of “Father Cleomenis,” a man who dresses as a monk and posts videos of himself on social media vandalizing monuments, most recently the Holocaust memorial in the Central Greece city of Larissa (h/t Racist Crime Watch).