Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou on Wednesday condemned an arson attack targeting the Jewish synagogue on the Ionian Sea island of Corfu, NW Greece, characterizing the “break-in and the destruction of holy books as unethical and hideous”.

“Greece is a country that respects and defends the right of the citizens, regardless of race, sex, religion and origin, to live and act free in a safe and well-ruled state, despite the wishes of certain brainless people,” she stressed.