|DESECRATION OF THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF IOANNINA|
|Thursday, 25 June 2009 12:31|
The Jewish Cemetery of Ioannina was subject to one more vandal attack, the third since January 2009.
On June 2, 2009, extremists brutally vandalized six tombs –among which that of the mother of the President of the local Jewish Community- destroyed part of the Holocaust Monument, situated in the cemetery, and daubed it with the blood of a turtle which had previously killed.
The President of the Jewish Community of Ioannina, Dr. Moses Elisaf, medicine professor at the local university as well as town councilor, urged local authorities to take measures for the arrest of the perpetrators and called upon his fellow-citizens to condemn these violent anti-Semitic attacks.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece addressed a letter of protest to the Minister of Interior asking for the protection of Jewish sites. The Board issued a press release in which, inter alia, stresses out “the responsibility of the local authorities”, urges “all competent authorities to speed up the procedure for the arrest of the vandals and the local society to react against the manifestations of anti-Semitism in Ioannina”. Referring to the acquittal of Kostas Plevris, the press release states: “This recent violent attack is one more consequence directly related to the recent court decision to acquit a neo-nazi writer who incites to acts of violence against the Greek Jews”.
International news agencies extensively reported on the incident and interviewed the Central Board President, Mr. Moses Constantinis, who condemned the desecration of the cemetery and blamed the authorities for ignoring our Board’s repeated requests for the protection of the site by the police. M. Constantinis also pointed out the recent increase of anti-Semitic incidents in Greece.
Local representations of the political parties of PASOK (Opposition) and SYRIZA (Left), as well as the local party “ANTRASYA” issued statements condemning this hideous antisemitic attack.