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Combat Anti-Semitism Movement Welcomes Greek Court Ruling on Golden Dawn

October 7, 2020

7 October 2020 (New York) – The Combat Anti-Semitism Movement welcomed today’s landmark verdict by a Greek court, which ruled that the Golden Dawn party is a criminal organization.

For too long, Golden Dawn has been allowed to spread hatred against Jews and other minorities, poisoning Greek society and the country’s democracy. Today’s ruling draws an important line in the sand. The decision underscores the grave danger posed by organizations promoting Nazism, fascism and hate.

Sacha Roytman-Dratwa, The Combat Anti-Semitism Movement Director: “We warmly welcome today’s decision by the 3-judge panel. Golden Dawn members have openly expressed neo-Nazi sentiments and denied the Holocaust. Such inciteful behavior inevitably leads to violence and tragedy. Although the court’s decision is an important step, there is still plenty of work to be done in Greece and beyond. Just days ago, a Jewish cemetery in Athens was desecrated with neo-Nazi slogans. The racism represented by Golden Dawn hasn’t disappeared. Hopefully, the court’s landmark ruling will encourage political and judicial leaders in other countries to redouble their efforts in combating anti-Semitism, racism and hatred wherever it is found.”

The Combat Anti-Semitism Movement is a non-partisan, global grassroots movement of individuals and organizations, across all religions and faiths, united around the goal of ending anti-Semitism in all its forms. Since its launching in February 2019, 275 organizations and 290,000 individuals have joined the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement by signing the campaign’s pledge. The CAM Pledge draws upon the IHRA international definition of anti- Semitism and its list of specific behaviors used to discriminate against the Jewish people and the Jewish State of Israel.