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RESTORATION OF THE VANDALIZED HOLOCAUST MONUMENT OF KAVALA DUE TO PROMPT REACTION OF THE MUNICIPALITY AND THE LOCAL SOCIETY

Local dignitaries, prominent figures, and many citizens of Kavala, as well as the City Council, co-signed an on line petition, expressing the local’s society immediate and strong reaction in condemning the vandal attack against the Holocaust monument of Kavala.

It is worth emphasizing that within only a few days the Municipality of Kavala kept the promise of Mayor Ms. Dimitra Tsanaka for the restoration of the monument at the expense and responsibility of the municipality. The Memorial stands again in its symbolic location, commemorating the Jews of Kavala. The Central Board of the Jewish Communities in Greece, in a letter to the Mayor of Kavala, expressed the satisfaction of the Greek Jewry, making, among others, the following statement:

«The reaction of the Municipality of Kavala, both with the press release which condemned the vandalism, and with the immediate restoration of the Monument’s substantial damages, demonstrates actively your high sense of responsibility and your sensitivity against phenomena of anti-Semitism and racism. Your symbolic visit to the Memorial right after the act of vandalism passes the message that such phenomena which harm the image of the city will not be tolerated».

* SIGN THE PETITION HERE
(465 signatures as of April 12, 2017)

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE TERROR ATTACKS AGAINST COPTIC CHURCHES IN EGYPT

This time, the Islamic State has chosen Sunday, April 9, 2017, Palm Sunday, to strike the Egyptian Coptic Christians. At least 44 people were killed and more than 128 were injured in suicide bombers attack against two Coptic Orthodox churches during the mass. At least 27 people were killed and 78 injured in the first bombing attack that occurred on the St. George church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, one hundred kilometers north of Cairo; the second attack, with 17 people dead and 48 wounded, occurred a few hours later on St. Mark’s cathedral in Alexandria. 

Those two heinous attacks of brutal violence and terrorism, which even surpass the very limits of gruesome terrorist blindness, clearly targeted Egyptian Christians.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece condemns strongly and unequivocally these atrocious murderous acts, it stands by the side of all Christians and of all the people of Egypt and expresses its warmest condolences to the Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, His Beatitude Theodoros II, and to the families who lost their beloved ones in the Holy Week.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece hopes that this time the whole democratic Europe will not remain silent and indifferent towards the steady effort to exterminate and uproot Christianity from its cradle.

Athens, April 10, 2017

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE TERRORIST ATTACK IN STOCKHOLM

The terrorist truck attack that occurred Friday, April 7, 2017 in Stockholm is to be added to the list of heinous terrorist attacks affecting Europe, and make us think hard about both the outbreak of blind terrorism, and the role of mimicry in organizing these horrific acts. The Stockholm attack mimics the operational manner of attacks in Jerusalem, Nice, Berlin and London. The attack that occurred on a shopping street in the heart of Stockholm killed four people and injured about 15 more, nine of whom are in critical condition.

Europe has to remain united to counter terrorism, but without succumbing to terror. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, representing the Greek Jewry, unequivocally condemns terrorism, stands by the Swedish government in the fight against terrorism, expresses its warmest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes wholeheartedly quick recovery to the wounded.

 

Athens, April 10, 2017

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE STATEMENT OF THE FORMER JUSTICE MINISTER Print E-mail
Monday, 12 December 2016 14:26

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) issued the following announcement in reaction to a statement made by former Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos (also in his interview published on Sunday’s edition of ‘Vradini’ newspaper, of Dec. 11, 2016), in which he expressed his viewpoint on the “integration of Golden Dawn within the democratic political system”. The frm. Minister’s statement arose strong criticism which led him to issue a clarifying announcement. KIS’s announcement reads as follows:

“The convergence with the neo-Nazi party in the context of the democratic political system cannot but lead to its own abolishment, to the alteration of the very democracy itself that the neo-Nazis aim at destroying. Every democratic society needs to protect the democratic institutions, safeguard civilization and human rights regardless of skin colour, race or religion, against the followers of the darkest page of our history, against the nightmare of neo-Nazism in Greece.

We hope that former Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos will take into account that those who have the swastika as their emblem cannot be integrated in any democratic framework and that there can be no convergence with the seekers of a regime that led humanity to its most barbaric period in history, that caused a ruthless war with millions of victims and sent six million Jews and hundreds of thousands of other “different” people to the most industrialized and horrific death.

Athens, December 12, 2016

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
WJC PRESIDENT LAUDER: TERROR ATTACKS IN ISTANBUL AND CAIRO ARE ‘AN ATTACK ON ALL OF US’ Print E-mail
Monday, 12 December 2016 10:13

WJC, 11.12.2016: Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), on Sunday strongly condemned the deadly terrorist attacks in Istanbul and Cairo, calling them "crimes against humanity".

At least 25 people were killed when a bomb exploded at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo during Sunday mass. On Saturday, 38 people were killed and many more wounded in a twin bomb attack in Istanbul, which was claimed by a radical Kurdish group.

In response to the attack in Egypt, Lauder declared: "An attack on Christian worshippers at a church in Cairo is not only an attack on Christians; it is an attack on all of us. We could all be victims. Tonight, Jews around the world are shocked by this barbaric act, and we stand in solidarity with the embattled Coptic community in Egypt as it mourns so many of its members.

"We call on the authorities in Egypt to do everything they can to stop further bloodshed, to ensure that sites of worship are being protected, and to do everything to bring those who perpetrated this attack to justice," he added.

Attacks against Egypt's Orthodox Coptic Christian community, which makes up 10 percent of the country's population, have intensified since 2011. More than two dozen sectarian assaults have targeted the community this year alone.  Sunday's bombing was the gravest sectarian attack on Christians in recent years.

The WJC president also expressed his sorrow at the twin bomb attack in Istanbul on Saturday: "The people of Turkey have been the target of so many terrorist attacks in recent months, and in this moment of despair and anguish, we send them a message of solidarity on behalf of the Jewish people," said Lauder.

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ISRAEL ON FIRE, GREECE IN SOLIDARITY. THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF KIS Print E-mail
Friday, 25 November 2016 14:16

Haifa is burning and the mountains around Jerusalem are on fire too. Hundreds of people are injured and thousands are evacuating their homes.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the all the Greek Jewry express their full support to the residents of Israel who were injured or were hit by the fires. We wish for the immediate restoration of the damages.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece congratulates the Greek Government on the immediate positive response to the request of the Israeli Prime Minister to Greece for assistance in order to put out the devastating fires widespread in Israel.  

We wish all the Greek pilots, the firefighters and the technicians of the Greek delegation good luck to their mission. We highly appreciate the courage and solidarity they demonstrate in dealing with this disaster and wish them to thrive always in strength and health.   

This tragic situation proves that the cooperation between Greece and Israel is not only based on common interests but also on strong bonds of friendship between the two peoples.

Athens, November 25, 2016

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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GERMAN F.M. F.W. STEINMEIER NAMED HONORARY MEMBER OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 09:12

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Frank Walter Steinmeier visited Thessaloniki and was proclaimed Honorary Member of the Jewish Community during a highly symbolic ceremony held on Sunday December 4th, 2016, at the Monastiriotes Synagogue. 

Earlier that morning, the German Foreign Minster had inaugurated the exhibition “Divided Memories 1940-1950- The distance between history and experience” at the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art, in Thessaloniki. The exhibition, co-organized by the Goethe Institute Thessaloniki, the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art and the Deutches Historisches Museum of Berlin, is hosted by the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art and its duration is until February 26th, 2016.  The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki participates with a separate section, which includes historic evidence (records – photographs), films and projections of documents, divided into three parts.

Following the inauguration of the exhibition, Minister Steinmeier was proclaimed an honorary member of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, in a ceremony at the Monastiriotes Synagogue. Upon his arrival, Dr. Steinmeier visited the exhibit of religious artifacts that is kept in the Synagogue and lit a candle in memory of the 50.000 Jews from Thessaloniki that perished in the Holocaust.

Mr. David Saltiel, President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki welcoming Minister Steinmeier in the Synagogue said: “The Jewish Community of Thessaloniki in acknowledgement of your contribution towards the promotion of the relations between the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as your commitment towards combating Anti-Semitism and racism, has decided to bestow upon you the title of its Honorary Member.”

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WJC PRESIDENT’S OP-ED IN DIE ZEIT ON THE UN VOTE Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 October 2016 10:33

Under the title “An Affront” the Op-Ed of the WJC President Ronald S. Lauder was published on the German newspaper DIE ZEIT (issue of October 20, 2016). Here under we publish the English translation:

The United Nations cannot erase Jewish history.

But last week, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization whose task it is to protect world heritage sites, tried to do just that.
UNESCO’s Executive Board adopted a text which completely ignores the Jewish link to Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple Mount. Instead, it is referred to as “Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif and its surroundings.”

The square in front of the Western Wall, where thousands of Jews pray every day, is referred to as the “Al-Buraq Plaza”. The resolution also blames Israel, which it calls “the occupying power”, for a number of alleged “aggressions” in the Old City of Jerusalem and at other Islamic holy sites.

For the Jewish people, the Temple Mount is a sacred site where memory, tradition, and faith are sown in the very soil. It was King David who established Jerusalem as the first capital of the Jewish people three thousand years ago.
In other words, Temple Mount was already the holiest place of Judaism long before the advent of Christianity or Islam. To deny the Jewish link to this site is therefore akin to denying the Holocaust. It is an act of anti-Semitism.
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