Gov’t condemns desecration of Jewish cemetery in Larissa

The government has condemned an attack on the Jewish cemetery of Larissa, central Greece, on Christmas Eve.

In a statement, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos (photo) said the vandalism was an “unacceptable and incomprehensible criminal act.”

Assailants sprayed a swastika on the gates of the cemetery, while scrawling the word “Juden,” the Nazi SS symbol and the phrase “six million more” on the graveyard walls.

The vandals left the tag “Larissa skins.”

“Anti-Semitism is not only a threat to Jews; anti-Semitism is a threat to our democracy,” said a joint statement from the Jewish Community of Larissa and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, who urged Greek authorities to arrest and punish the perpetrators.