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American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Condemns Continued Anti-Semitic Attacks

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Ενώνω τον αποτροπιασμό μου με αυτόν των άλλων Ahepans και αξιοπρεπών Ελλήνων που καταδικάζουν αυτή τη χυδαία πράξη. Ακολουθεί το Δ.Τ. της ΑΧΕΠΑ Αμερικής. Τέτοιες πράξεις δεν εκφράζουν τους Ελληνες και τον Ελληνισμό που δίδαξε τη Φιλοξενία στα πέρατα του Κόσμου.

Κρίμα που ο κάθε ανισόρροπος εκθέτει την Ελλάδα σε μερίδα των πολιτών της που θρησκεύονται διαφορετικά από την πλειοψηφία. Κάθε Έλληνας πολίτης είναι στο σπίτι σε αυτόν τον τόπο και δεν επηρρεάζεται από ατυχείς πράξεις ανθρώπων με κατώτερα και ταπεινά ένστικτα. Το παρόν αναρτώ και στο προφίλ μου στο Facebook, γιατί η συνύπαρξη είναι μια κατάκτηση και όχι κάτι που συμβαίνει από μόνο του.

Ειλικρινώς,

Νίκος Φαρμακίδης.

WASHINGTON – Nicholas A. Karacostas, supreme president of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading association for the nation’s three million American citizens of Greek heritage, and countless Philhellenes, issued the following statement regarding the continued anti-Semitic attacks upon the historic Etz-Hayyim Synagogue located in Hania, Crete:

“We strongly condemn the anti-Semitic attacks that have been carried out on the Etz-Hayyim Synagogue in Hania. This is the second arson attack in two weeks that has left the synagogue’s infrastructure devastated and approximately 2,500 rare books and other archival items destroyed by fire.

“These anti-Semitic attacks upon the Jewish community in Greece are simply unacceptable. We appeal to the people of Hania, and all Greek citizens, to come together to defy these acts of hatred, intolerance, and bigotry; and to help the healing process begin.

“We call for the swift apprehension of the perpetrators of these heinous attacks so that they may be brought to justice.”

AHEPA is the largest Greek-American association in the world with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, Cyprus, and sister chapters in Australia and New Zealand. It was established in 1922 by visionary Greek Americans to protect Hellenes from prejudice originating from the KKK, and in its history, AHEPA joined with the NAACP and B’nai B’rith International to fight discrimination.

The mission of the AHEPA family is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility and family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism.