The Jewish Community of Athens will hold a silent protest this Sunday, May 13th, at 12:00 pm, as a direct response to the desecration of memorial stones in the city’s Jewish cemetery and vandalization of two Holocaust memorials elsewhere in the country. Share this image:
Don’t be silent! Support the Jewish community of Athens this Sunday at 12PM as they take a stand against resurging anti-Semitism in Greece. Share this image and learn more here: https://t.co/yfDMz3gQZn pic.twitter.com/gecvH45leE— (((WJC))) (@WorldJewishCong) May 10, 2018
The recent incidents are far from isolated cases. Anti-Semitism has been sweeping across Europe at levels not seen since the end of World War II.
At present, there are approximately 4,500 Jews living in Greece. Most reside in Athens and Thessaloniki, a city once known as the 'Jerusalem of the Balkans' due to the vibrancy of its pre-Holocaust Jewish community.
Many of the community’s recent challenges have coincided with the rise in prominence of the far-right fascist Golden Dawn Party. The party, one of Europe’s most notorious neo-Nazi movements, currently holds 16 of the 300 seats in the Greek parliament.
The community leadership has asked Jewish institutions and public authorities to join Sunday’s silent protest.
You can still support Greece’s Jews even if you cannot physically join the demonstration. Let’s stand with the Jews of Athens and declare that anti-Semitism will not be tolerated!