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ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
The Middle East is on fire. Over 1.000 rockets have been launched from the Gaza Strip targeting Israeli civilians in Jerusalem, in Tel Aviv, in the port of Ashdod, and in Haifa in northern Israel. Six million Israelis live under the threat of the rockets launched by Hamas, which has a long history of terrorist attacks against civilians and the destruction of Israel as its main declared goal.
The fact that the Israelis do not mourn thousands  of victims from this ruthless attack is to be accredited to the protection measures undertaken form Israel for the security of its population and specifically to the use of the “Iron Dome” anti-missile system, as well as to the timely warning of its citizens to rush into shelters.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, representing all the Jewish Communities in our country, expresses its solidarity towards the citizens and the State of Israel that once more are forced to defend the obvious right to their existence in safety.

Unlike Israel, Hamas -which for many years does not hesitate to send the children of Palestine into suicide attacks, to kidnap and murder Israeli children- most inhumanly, uses today the Palestinian citizens of the Gaza Strip as a human shield to protect the launchers of rockets against Israel. Thus, apartment buildings, homes for the elders, schools, even kindergartners, have been turned into facilities for manufacturing of rockets and launching devices.
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WORLD JEWRY CONDEMNS MURDER OF PALESTINIAN TEEN
World Jewry unanimously condemned the brutal revenge murder of the 16 year old Palestinian boy from Jerusalem, Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, in the aftermath of the murder of the three abducted Israeli teenagers on June 12, 2014.

In Athens, Secretary General of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Victor Eliezer, speaking at the memorial service for the Israeli teens held at the Athens Synagogue on July 5, 2014, condemned the murder of the Israelis, together with the murder of the Palestinian boy and urged people in the region not to give up on Peace, not to give another chance to hatred and fanaticism to cause such pain and bloodshed again”.

Here are the most characteristic statements of condemnation of the world Jewry:

 
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Greek Jewry mourns for the three Israeli teens murdered by terrorists
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the devastation of the Greek Jewry by the heinous murder of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped while they were on their way home, 18 days ago, by terrorists of Hamas.  The Greek Jewry joins the families of the victims, the people of Israel and the Jews all over the world in mourning.

Naphtali Fraenkel, 16, Gilad Sha’ar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 16, were murdered by unscrupulous terrorists on the day of their abduction.  Yesterday, their dead bodies were found near Hebron.

Once more the supporters of terrorism have struck against the heart of the Israeli society, its children.

At last, the international community has to work together with the State of Israel in the battle against terrorism and fanaticism, that keep spreading while implementing the most hideous methods of violence.

Even in these times of mourning, the Greek Jewry keeps on believing in and supporting the efforts for the peace making process in the Middle East so that clarity of mind prevails over hatred and fanaticism. 

Athens, July 1st,  2014

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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DESECRATION OF THE ATHENS HOLOCAUST MONUMENT Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2014 12:16
On Friday June 27, 2014, vandals desecrated with anti-Semitic and threatening graffiti the Holocaust Monument in Athens. The police immediately reached the site and started investigation.

The Athens Holocaust Monument is dedicated to the memory of the tens of thousands of Greek Jews who suffered a tragic death in the Nazi concentration camps. 
The Athens Jewish Community sponsored the erection of the Monument and in 2010 donated it to the municipality of Athens, in order to make it a landmark in the capital city and a reminder to its citizens and visitors of the most heinous mass crime in contemporary history.

Regretfully, 70 years after the end of World War II, which left millions of victims of bigotry, racism, Nazism and anti-Semitism behind, there are people beyond redemption aiming at terrorizing us by molesting the memory of our brothers, victims of the Holocaust. They will not succeed in intimidating us. Quite the opposite. Along with the citizens of Athens we will enhance efforts to keep memory alive so as to prevent their profane and insulting attempt to violate history and disseminate hatred and fanaticism again.

We trust the State authorities will trace down the perpetrators and will bring them to justice. We trust the society of our city, and the society of our country will not allow the perpetuation of such phenomena and will effectively confront them. Any form of racism, regardless who it targets, is a threat to Democracy and our Civilization.

Athens June 30, 2014
The Jewish Community of Athens
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE ABDUCTION OF THREE ISRAELI TEENAGERS Print E-mail
Friday, 20 June 2014 12:29

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following statement regarding the abduction of three Israeli teenagers by terrorists:

"We share the anxiety of the Israeli citizens, as well as of the families of the children Gilad Sha’ar, 16, Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Naftali Frankel, 16 years old, who have been kidnapped by terrorists while returning to their homes.

We unite our voice with all the people who think freely and we ask for the immediate release of the three Israeli children, who were abducted in the name of fanaticism and hatred.

Such terrorist actions lead to regression of the peace process, and encourage those who want the continuation of bloodshed in order to undermine the peace process in the region of the Middle East.

We pray for the immediate and safe return of the children to their families".

June 20, 2014
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
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Announcement for the new Greek cabinet reshuffle Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 12:29
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the Greek Jewry’s strong resentment for the participation in the new cabinet of a politician [MP Makis Voridis] who has expressed xenophobic and intolerant views in the past and -until a couple of years ago- had been an executive member of a party that had repeatedly endorsed racist and extreme anti-Semitic views.

It is our firm belief that participation in the Government should not be used to obliterate the political course of a politician whose attitude and ideology have afflicted democracy.
The goal should be to send a strong message of brave and determined attitude, leaving no space for misinterpretations and short-term political expediency, in order to build a solid, firm and effective front against racism, intolerance, anti-Semitism and the followers of Nazism.
Given the alarming results of the recent elections in Greece, which indicate that the policy and the efforts undertaken so far by the Government to combat these phenomena have proved to be insufficient, we express the hope that such efforts will be significantly enhanced.
The Greek Jewry is confident that the Greek Government, as well as all the democratic political parties in our country will not allow anyone to endanger or -even worse- violate the fundamental principles of equality and respect of the citizens regardless of their race, skin color or religion.
Athens, June 11, 2014
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
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OPEN LETTER BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN JEWISH CONGRESS REGARDING EUROPEAN ELECTIONS Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2014 13:05

 An Open Letter entitled “A wake up call for Europe”, written by the President of the European Jewish Congress, Dr. Moshe Kantor was published in the June 13-15, 2014 weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal. In his article, Dr. Moshe Kantor analyses the results of the recent European elections, expresses his concerns and reflects on the challenges confronting Europe:

A WAKE UP CALL FOR EUROPE

The results of the recent European Parliamentary elections were nothing short of a bombshell for Europe and should serve as a wake-up call for all Europeans who care about the future of the union.

Across Europe, parties opposed to the European Union, fanning the flames of hatred and xenophobia, mostly on the far right, were swept into the European Parliament by a wave of voter discontent.

The message can be seen as one of disgust with the political class, marked by a visceral anti-European agenda. And, when the extremists take their seats, they are likely to stifle any effort to extricate Europe from its economic woes. The EU, built as a means of reconciling and unifying a fractured continent, could find itself under the control of those who are determined to compromise its very foundations.

We must fortify these essential foundations before our continent is dragged into another maelstrom similar to many in the past where disorder, chaos and even bloodshed ensued.

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WJC REACTS TO SURGE OF FAR-RIGHT IN EUROPEAN ELECTIONS, URGES EU LEADERS TO ACT Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:25

BRUSSELS / NEW YORK – “The surge of far-right and anti-Semitic parties in a number of countries is a shock and a reason for great worry. European leaders must address this problem urgently and come up with a strategy to fight extremism. The future of European Jewry is a stake if these forces are not reined in. Extremists must not be allowed to set the agenda in Europe,” World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder said in reaction to the results of EU-wide elections for the European Parliament. He urged European governments to enter into a constructive dialogue with the WJC on this issue.

Golden Dawn supporters

The poll in the 28 EU member states saw a strong showing of xenophobic and anti-Semitic groups in a number of countries, including in Austria, France, Greece and Hungary. Several heads of European Jewish communities shared Lauder’s view.

“Jews cannot be expected to remain silent when radical or extremist parties that used to be on the margins of politics make it into the top three in several countries, and in the case of France even come out on top,” said Ronald S. Lauder, adding: “Even if they remain a minority in the new European Parliament, these parties will be able to influence the European agenda, unless they are completely isolated. In the wake of the Brussels and Toulouse murders of Jews, it is high time the EU leaders came up with a credible plan on how to combat anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia on the continent, and how to ensure that Jews and other minorities are protected effectively. In this, the voice of the Jewish communities must be heard and concerns about their safety taken seriously.”

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