The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism

Report: Antisemitism in Greece today

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Looking into the phenomenon of antisemitism in 21st century Greece, this report concludes that “after Auschwitz” antisemitism is not eradicated in Greece nor in the rest of Europe, but, on the contrary, it is on the rise as recent surveys indicate.

Perhaps not as manifest nor as openly asserting itself anymore with pseudoscientific, racist, antisemitic attitudes and prejudice: It is expressed however, either as an emotion or as a cover, as a stereotype or as distrust, or even with violence.

The current research looks into the causes and expression of antisemitism in Greece, proposing measures and policies effectively dealing with the phenomenon, based on the assumption that the Holocaust was an unprecedented crime against humanity that cannot be time-barred. The researchers Giorgos Antoniou, Spyros Kosmidis, Elias Dinas and Leon Saltiel confirm in their work earlier studies, registering antisemitism in Greece as high and indeed as the highest percentage in the European continent (about 70%). Measuring antisemitic attitudes in Greek society and their correlation with factors such as gender, age, political opinion, education, church affiliation but also trust, cosmopolitanism, belief in conspiracy theories and victimization, this research puts forward proposals both for the government and the Greek society as a whole.

The struggle against antisemitism and racism is nowadays as well a fight based on principles for the protection of basic human rights: An open, inclusive, cosmopolitan society of solidarity is imperative today; a society willing to recognize the right of every man and woman to be treated with dignity, accepting their diverse backgrounds. It is only in this way that we may ensure that crimes of the magnitude of the Holocaust will never, ever happen again.

The report is available only in Greek here.