from Israel National News
A Jewish cemetery in Greece was vandalized on Tuesday with swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti signed by racist group “Larissa Skins.”
The capital and largest city of the Thessaly region of Greece, Larissa has a Jewish community dating back 2,000 years to the Roman period. Larissa is also home to the third largest Jewish community in Greece, which totals 5,000.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, the World Jewish Congress affiliated umbrella organization of Greece’s Jewish community, issued a statement in response to the act of vandalism.
“The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, the Jewish Community of Larissa, and Greek Jewry express their sorrow and indignation and strongly condemn the desecration of the Jewish cemetery of Larissa with swastikas, threats such as “six million more” and anti-Semitic phrases similar to those used by the Nazi to exterminate the Jews of Europe.”
“The desecration of a cemetery, which is a holy place for all religions, is not only an insult to the memory of our dead brothers, but also an insult to the culture of our country and the city of Larissa,” the statement adds.
The organization then called on Municipal and State authorities to condemn the act and take all necessary steps to apprehend and punish those responsible.
A call to protect Jewish holy place in the country was also sent out in order to prevent such phenomena from happening again in the future.
“We also expect the representatives of the State and the Civil Society, to come forward and express a strong and determined condemnation of this specific act as well as of any act of anti-Semitism, which is not only a threat to Jews, but also a threat to our democracy,” the organization stated.
The desecration of Larissa’s cemetery comes two months after the Athens Holocaust Monument was vandalized with graffiti signed by ultra-nationalist neo-Nazi group, Unaligned Meander Nationalists.
Unaligned Meander Nationalists describes itself as a hard-core radical and nationalist organization, different from the “moderate nationalists” of Golden Dawn.
They are also responsible for vandalizing the Holocaust Monument on the island of Rhodes in October 2012.
A recent Anti-Defamation League (ADL) survey determined that Greece has Europe’s highest rate of anti-Semitic attitudes with 69 percent of Greeks espousing anti-Semitic views.