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ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE TERRORIST ATTACK AGAINST SYNAGOGUE IN JERUSALEM
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the Greek Jewry’s repudiation and outrage for the latest inhuman, bloody and murderous attack burst out by Palestinian terrorists on November 18, against worshipers while praying in the Kehillat BneiTorah Synagogue, in Har Nof district, in Western Jerusalem. This terrorist attack with guns, meat cleavers and axes, resulted into a bloodbath which left behind five dead and 12 wounded.
 
We share the grief and participate in the mourning of the families of the victims and the people of Israel.

It is only by building bridges on the sacred principle of the value of life that logic will prevail in order to continue the peace process in the suffering Middle East region.
We join our voice with the world Jewry in stressing that: “Houses of worship anywhere in the world must be sacrosanct. Whoever attacks peaceful worshipers in a synagogue, a mosque or a church is nothing but a despicable criminal.”
 
 
Athens, November 19, 2014
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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MONUMENT UNVEILED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI – IN MEMORY OF THE OLD JEWISH CEMETERY
The unveiling ceremony of the monument erected in memory of the old Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki, which was destroyed in 1942, was held on Sunday, November 9, 2014, in the Observatory Park of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
The monument was unveiled by the Representative of the Greek Government, Minister of Macedonia and Thrace, Georgios Orfanos, the Ambassador of Israel to Greece, Irit Ben Abba, the Mayor of Thessaloniki Yiannis Boutaris, the President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, David Saltiel, the Rector of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Professor Pericles Mitkas and former the Rector of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Professor Ioannis Milopoulos.
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ATHENS JEWISH YOUTH ERASES ANTISEMTIC GRAFITI
Members of the Jewish Youth of Athens (ENA) gathered on Sunday 2nd of November 2014 in order to erase the anti-Semitic graffiti which was written on the Holocaust Monument of Athens by the extreme nationalist and anti-Semitic organization “Unaligned Meander Nationalists” (Greek abbreviation: AME).

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece  congratulates ENA for this initiative, which shows that the new generation is determined to send a strong message that it continues to struggle against racism and anti-Semitism and that it honors and respects the memory of the 60.000 Greek Jews who perished during the Holocaust.
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GREEK GOVERNMENT & POLITICAL PARTIES CONDEMN THE DESECRATION OF THE ATHENS HOLOCAUST MONUMENT Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 08:44
Greek political parties issued statements condemning the desecration of the Holocaust Monument in Athens, which occurred on October 30. 2014:
- In a statement, the Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Socialit party of PASOK Evangelos Venizelos pledged that the authorities will do everything in their power to arrest the perpetrators. Mr. Venizelos spoke of a "barbaric act" that "offends the history of not only the Jewish community but the entire Greek people" who respects and honors the memory of the tens of thousands of Greek Jews, who were tragically killed in the Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust.

- The Minister of Public Order Vassilis Kikilias, in his statement said: "I want to condemn this heinous act and to emphasize that the state will show no tolerance for those who insult the memory of thousands of our fellow citizens who lost their lives during the Holocaust”.
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DESECRATION OF THE ATHENS HOLOCAUST MONUMENT FOR THE SECOND TIME IN 2014 Print E-mail
Friday, 31 October 2014 13:55
On October 30, 2014, the Holocaust Monument in Athens was vandalized with graffiti signed by the extreme nationalist and anti-Semitic organization  “Unaligned Meander Nationalists” (Greek abbreviation: AME). This organization –which declares to be a hardcore radical and nationalist organization and separates itself from “moderate nationalists” of Golden Dawn- has also signed the desecration of the Holocaust Monument in the island of Rhodes in October 2012.
The Athens Jewish Community and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following Press Release:

The Holocaust Monument in Athens has been vandalized for the second time within 2014. In the night of October 30, 2014, a known neo-nazi organization, with significant activity in Greece, left its signature on the Monument.
The Athens Holocaust Monument is dedicated to the memory of the 60.000 Greek Jews, part of the 6.000.000 of European Jews, who suffered a tragic death in the Nazi concentration camps.

The Athens Jewish Community, that covered the cost of the erection of the Monument, donated it -in 2010- 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.

The Jewish Community of Athens, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, and the Greek Jewry at large strongly condemn this act of vandalism. We call upon the municipal and state authorities to effectively protect the Holocaust Monument of the capital, in order to avoid repetition of such phenomena. We also call upon the Justice system to put into motion all necessary procedures so that the perpetrators –those whose hateful and violent actions offend the dignity and the cultural heritage of the city- be apprehend and punished.

We also expect the representatives of the State and the Civil Society to come forward and express a strong and determined condemnation of this specific act as well as of every and any act of anti-Semitism.
 
The JEWISH COMMUNITY OF ATHENS
The CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE 
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PRIME MINISTER A. SAMARAS ADDRESSES AJC TRANSATLANTIC INSTITUTE IN BRUSSELS Print E-mail
Friday, 27 June 2014 10:50
June 26, 2014 – Brussels: Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras addressed an AJC Transatlantic Institute dinner last night. While acknowledging the immense challenges facing his country since 2008, including nearly 60 percent youth unemployment, he presented a generally optimistic outlook for Greece.
He said that “extremism of all kinds has started losing steam,” and the economy is improving with the “unemployment trend reversed and increased growth,” which, in turn, will bolster the country’s democratic core. Dismissing predictions prevalent two years ago of Greece’s impending economic demise, Samaras declared: “We proved them wrong!” 
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World Jewish Congress meeting in Berlin concludes with moving tribute to Holocaust victims Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:53
BERLIN – The World Jewish Congress (WJC) Governing Board meeting in Germany concluded on Tuesday with the 150 participants paying their respects to the victims of the Holocaust at three key memorial sites in Berlin. In resolutions, theWJC called on Germany to uphold a ban on the printing and sale of Hitler’s book ‘Mein Kampf’ and urged Europe to step up the fight against anti-Semitism. On Sunday the delegates and guests also took part in a rally organized by the Central Council of Jews in Germany at the Brandenburg Gate, where Chancellor Angela Merkel, Central Council President Dieter Graumann and WJC President Ronald S. Lauder were among the keynote speakers.

At the Gleis 17 memorial at Grunewald train station, from where the trains bringing Berlin Jews to the Nazi death camps departed during World War II, WJC Holocaust Memory Commissioner Charlotte Knobloch, 81, (photo) was moved to tears as she recalled her own experience during World War II and said: “We will not forget. Not us. The legacy of these six million people is our task, it is our obligation to fight for these people, for their remembrance, and for our rights here and now.”
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ANTISEMITIC SLUR IN THE GREEK PARLIAMENT OVER THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES BILL Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 13:35
Antisemitic references were made by Golden Dawn MP Michail Arvanitis, in the Greek Parliament, during the session of Sept. 30, 2014, during which the Parliament passed in principle the draft Bill on “The organisation of the legal status of religious communities and their associations in Greece.”
MP Arvanitis referred to the propagandistic slander that the Greek Jews do not pay taxes, which he admitted to be false, only to rephrase and point out that the Greek Jews through their contributions to their Jewish communities send the Jewish money into the Jewish banks while the State spends money for them. He also put our Board’s legal status into doubt. MP Arvanitis was debated MP Adonis Georgiadis (parliamentary representative of the Governing party of Nea Dimokratia), who stressed the falsity of Arvanitis’ statements.

It is to be noted that the new Bill, which was voted by article on Oct.1st, does not either apply to or influence the legal status of our Board and the Greek Jewish Communities, which are legal entities under state law.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following announcement (October 7.2014):

“The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the Greek Jewry’s repudiation for the unfounded accusations launched in the Hellenic Parliament by an MP of the neonazi party against the Greek citizens of Jewish religion, during the discussion of the draft bill on the religious communities. Such slur is not worthy of any further comment … As the ancient Greeks said, let’s deliver the impropriety in contempt”.
 
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