New York.- In a letter to the Wall Street Journal, Europe, the Greek Minister of Citizens’ Protection Michalis Chrisochoidis defends Greece’s policies to protect its minorities, rejecting anti-Hellenic accusations made in an op-ed of Andrew Apostolou, published on January 21st, regarding the arson of Hania Synagogue.
The letter says:
“Regarding Andrew Apostolou’s January 21 op-ed, “The Shame of Modern Greece”: The recent arson attacks on a synagogue in the island of Crete endangered social peace and raised serious moral and political issues. However, such issues are associated more with the general rise of violent and extremist groups and less with the rise of anti-Semitism. Greece has never been—and hopefully will never be—a country of blind hatred and racism. While one may justifiably have expected an earlier public reaction to the despicable attack on the synagogue, one should not be tempted into inaccurate and dangerous generalizations. The Greeks historically suffered at the hands of the Nazis and have paid an unprecedented price in the name of liberty, social justice and civil rights.
Now that the vandals are in the hands of justice, the critics should admit that the Greek authorities acted in a professional and exemplary manner. Moreover the Greek police arrested a few days ago more than 40 ultra-right extremists who attacked pro-immigrant demonstrators. Change will not come overnight, but our new government led by George Papandreou is determined to show “zero tolerance” against any kind of violence and to protect the rights of minorities and its weak and poor citizens.”.