Speech of General Secretary for Religious Affairs to the silent protest the desecration of nine marble memorial headstones in the Jewish Cemetery of Athens in Nikaia, 13/5/2018
We should not delude ourselves into thinking that antisemitism will disappear in our era. However, antisemits and all types of racists should not delude themselves either that we will stop fighting before their beliefs become meaningless dead letters in old books.
We are fully aware that this fight is not a speed race but a race of endurance. This is why no matter how many monuments they demolish, we will never tire of rebuilding them, no matter how many slogans they paint, we will never tire of erasing them. We are also fully aware that this fight is an effort to pass on to the next generation the candle of hope, the candle of humanity, the flame of love. This should pass from our hands to our children’s hands. This is our duty, especially the duty of those of us we serve in the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs.
Antisemitism is not only directed against our brothers, Greek Jews. Antisemitism is directed against democracy and the great values of our culture protected by our Constitution. The fight against antisemitism is a fight for democracy, freedom and correct discourse.
On behalf of the Prime Minister, the Government and the Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, I would like to utterly condemn the desecration caused in the Jewish part of the 3rd Cemetery and to also make it clear that we will step up our efforts to keep the poison of antisemitism away from our society.