Jewish cemetery vandalized in central Greece

Illustrative photo of graffiti featuring a swastika. (photo credit: CC BY-HHA124L/Flickr/File)

ATHENS, Greece — Vandals desecrated the Jewish cemetery in the central Greek city of Larissa, spraying swastikas and threats on the cemetery wall.

A swastika was sprayed on the gates of the cemetery, while the word “Juden,” the Nazi SS symbol, and the epithet “six million more” were scrawled on the cemetery walls, the Jewish community there said Wednesday.

“We urge the justice authorities, local government and police to take all necessary steps to arrest and punish the guilty and protect the Jewish holy places in our country,” said a joint statement from the Jewish Community of Larissa and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece.

There have been several instances of vandalism this year in Jewish cemeteries and Holocaust memorials in Greece.

“Anti-Semitism is not only a threat to Jews. Anti-Semitism is a threat to our democracy,” the statement said.

A recent Anti-Defamation League survey showed that Greece has Europe’s highest rate of anti-Semitic attitudes, with 69 percent of Greeks espousing anti-Semitic views. That is nearly twice the rate as the next highest country, France, with 37 percent.


Greece is in serious danger of being overrun by waves of Muslims ‘migrants.’ There are approximately 100 times as many Muslims in the world as Jews. Are these people out of their minds? What possible threat do the Jews represent?

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  • Martin Luffa

    Golden Dawn exists because of Muslims

    • Justin

      I have never islamic moqsues being grafitied in Greece.

    • Frau Katze

      Golden Dawn would done much better to drop the Jew-hating and stick to trying to stop Muslim immigration.

      • Martin Luffa

        So many Jews go out of their way to promote the invasion of non-Christians (mostly Muslim)

        Jews are no friends of Christians

        • Just a thought

          The Jews who do that are irreligious “Liberal” Jews, and aren’t any friendlier to their fellows, btw, esp., Orthodox. I.e., it’s not because they are Jews, but because they are Leftists, indistinguishable from say Democrats, which many of them are.

          • Martin Luffa

            The Majority of Jews are irreligious

            Religious Jews are also especially anti-Christian

          • Just a thought

            I’ll leave that alone for today, but remind me to explain it to you later, if you’re interested. 🙂

        • Frau Katze

          They are not a monolithic group, anymore than any group. There are many Jews fighting Muslim immigration: we often feature them on this blog.

          There also many Christians supporting Muslim immigration.

          It is better to treat people as individuals. The problem with Muslims is that while many of them may be perfectly fine citizens, some of them will be violent. And how can we tell one from the other? We can’t.

    • Just a thought

      “Golden Dawn” (a socialist epithet if I ever heard one) are vilified as being “Far Right” when they are really far Left. It’s just one example of how the Left has been so successful at twisting word meanings – like calling themselves “liberal” which is the exact opposite of what they are, as most Conservatives know.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      Golden Dawn reminds me of the BNP and I hope that more parties like it come all over the West. Remember it was admitting China into the WTO and having debt based money that helped usher in the era of deregulation, massive tax cuts, racing to the bottom and manufacturing being hollowed out. So ya protectionism and fair trade are what has to occur which is a mixed economy position, not this free trade nonsense which means hollowing out our manufacturing capacity. So ya even though it is a protectionist economic message I feel it will work.

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        So ya the mainstream parties are to blame and populism has to be driven out of nationalist movements because it won’t challenge the globalist systems and won’t bring about monetary reform which matters more than hatred. Frankly Greece was screwed by the political class and the fingers have to be placed on those that caused the problems. Golden Dawn exists because of the political class selling out the nation which bad economic policies and you can thank the Greek conservatives and Greek social democrats for that. What must happen also is nationalization which is part of national-socialism!

  • Justin

    Don’t know why but Greeks seem to be bit anti-semitic.

    • Jay Currie

      There is a long history of Greek anti-Semitism throughout the Levant and going back to Byzantine times. The Orthodox have clung to the view that it was the Jews who killed Christ. As a matter of folk religion the Greek diaspora were as capable of the blood libel as the Muslims. And the Greeks were just as likely to conduct anti-Jewish riots in places like Alexandria as the Muslims. All the more so because of commercial as well as religious rivalry.

      • Justin

        Is anyone trying to address or solve this Greek antisemitism?
        The EU? Religious leaders? I know Greeks respect and venerate their religious leaders in Mount Athos, is anyone approaching them to deal with their long-standing anti-semitism?

  • Just a thought

    Anti-Semitism in Greece
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/anti-semitism/report_greece.html
    It’s popular there. I’ve read upwards of 69%.

    • Justin

      Thanks. The web page was helpful to me.

  • Pete_Brewster

    False flag, the work of Muslim “migrants” or German agents, not Greek patriots—like the rest of Greece’s misery.

    • Minicapt

      If JustinT says so …

      Cheers