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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE FOR THE TERRORIST ATTACK AGAINST THE EMBASSY OF ISRAEL IN ATHENS
 
After the terrorist strike against the Embassy of Israel in Athens early this morning, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent the following letter to the Ambassador of Israel in Athens, Mrs Irit Ben Aba: 
 
“The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece wishes to express to you, to all the diplomats of the State of Israel who serve in Greece, as well as to the employees of the Embassy, the Greek Jewry’s support to the Embassy of Israel in Athens regarding the terrorist attack against the Embassy early this morning.
 
We are confident that this terrorist strike, in no way, reflects the feelings of the Greek citizens towards the people of Israel and that it will not withhold the will of the two states, Greece and Israel, to continue developing the bilateral relations of cooperation for the benefit of both peoples.
 
Terrorism, from which the people of Israel have brutally suffered, attempts to strike the Greek society, as well as democracy in Greece. We express our certainty that the Greek law enforcement authorities will make every effort to arrest the terrorists for the safety of the Greek citizens, as well as of the millions of visitors to our country”.


December 12, 2014
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE ANTI-SEMITIC REFERENCES IN GREEK MP’s ESSAY

The repeated references against the Jews and the World Zionist Movement, as revealed in a press article, made by MP Stavroula Xoulidou of the “Independent Greeks” party, represent the usual dissemination of prejudices and stereotypes that when prevailed in history they led to the persecution of the Jewish people and ultimately to the Holocaust of 6 million Jews.

The political system in our country cannot and must not tolerate such ideology that incites hatred and fanaticism in the name of any purpose, because silence over such phenomena means complicity.

 

Athens, December 3, 2014

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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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
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MONUMENT UNVEILED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI – IN MEMORY OF THE OLD JEWISH CEMETERY Print E-mail
Monday, 10 November 2014 11:47
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 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 09:03
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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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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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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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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