New York, NY, December 12, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned today’s terror attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens, Greece, referring to the incident as “cowardly,” and expressed confidence in the ability of the Greek authorities to address the incident “with the utmost seriousness” and bring the perpetrators to justice.
According to reports, over 50 rounds from Kalashnikov rifles were fired at the embassy by gunmen on motorcycles.
“Whoever perpetrated this cowardly terror attack should know that it will neither intimidate Israel nor affect the strong Greek-Israeli relationship,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “Just weeks ago, we visited Athens and heard about the strength of that strategic partnership from both Israeli ambassador Irit Ben-Abba and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos. Having discussed security issues with Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias during the visit, we know that the security forces will address this incident with the utmost seriousness, and have every confidence in their ability to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.”
In late November, a delegation of top ADL leaders attended a series of meetings with senior government, religious and community leaders in Athens, and received strong messages about the Greek government’s commitment to combatting racism, extremism and anti-Semitism in its society.
“We also believe the people of Greece will reject this terrorist attack,” Mr. Foxman added. “While there is a common perception that the Greek public is anti-Israel, our polling revealed that 41 percent of respondents have favorable views of Israel, compared to 32 percent with unfavorable views.”
The League’s recent polling on anti-Semitic attitudes in 100 countries found that 69 percent of respondents in Greece agreed with a majority of anti-Semitic stereotypes tested, resulting in the highest score outside of the Middle East and North Africa.