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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-01-21

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] State. Dept. condemns arson attack on Hania synagogue

  • [01] State. Dept. condemns arson attack on Hania synagogue

    WASHINGTON (ANA-MPA) -- The US State Department was the latest institution this week to condemn a second arson attack against a historic Jewish synagogue in the Crete port-city of Hania, an incident that generated a firestorm of condemnation from within Greece as well as a high-profile denunciation by the Ecumenical Patriarch, among others.

    "We strongly condemn the January 5 and January 16 arson attacks on the Etz-Hayyim Synagogue in the city of Chania on the island of Crete. The Synagogue dates back to the Middle Ages and is one of the last Jewish monuments on the island. An attack on the Etz-Hayyim Synagogue is an attack on Greece's history and heritage. The second attack caused severe damage to the Synagogue, destroying nearly 2,000 books and severely damaging the building's wooden roof," the State Department statement read, adding:

    "This attack was clearly intended to intimidate and terrorize Greece's Jewish community and is only the latest of several incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism throughout Greece over the past few years. We applaud the Greek government for condemning these attacks and taking a strong stand against anti-Semitism and racism."


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