Greek president calls for ‘zero tolerance’ of racism on Israeli visit


Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Wednesday called for “zero tolerance” of xenophobia and racism during an official visit to Israel, urging Europe to address the refugee crisis on “humanitarian terms.”

Pavlopoulos met with his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin and visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum.

“We, as democracies, have to disseminate the message that we will not tolerate terrorism, fear, hate, racism and anti-Semitism,” Pavlopoulos said.

He said that this year marks 26 years of Greek-Israeli diplomatic relations, adding that the two countries “can contribute to the restoration of balance in the Middle East.”

Pavlopoulos is due to visit the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, on Thursday.