A newly-renovated historic synagogue in the town of Trikala in central Greece was vandalized on Tuesday by someone who painted anti-semitic slogans on an outside wall.
The words “Jewish Snakes Out” were among the slogans painted with a brush on the outside wall of the historic temple in a city which once was home to one of the country’s oldest Jewish communities.
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The vandalism has caused “outrage and deep sadness,” the Central Jewish Council of Greece, or KIS, said in a statement.
“We are reminded that the snake’s egg continues to hatch in our society, and that the fight against antisemitism must be continuous and vigilance uninterrupted,” the organization said.
The statement said authorities must “take all necessary measures to arrest and punish the perpetrators and to protect the Jewish sites of the city of Trikala, which has demonstrated its zero tolerance of intolerance and racism.”
Eight tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in Trikala were destroyed in October of 2018. The cemetery has some of Greece’s oldest tombstones, including some erected more than 450 years ago. Approximately forty Jewish people lived in the city of some 81,000 at the time of the cemetery vandalism.