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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MANCHESTER TERRORIST ATTACK

The recent deadly terrorist attack that occurred yesterday, the 22nd of May 2017, in the foyer of the “Manchester Arena” of the city of ​​Manchester, shocked Great Britain. The attacker detonated an improvised explosive device killing 22 people, including children, and injuring at least 59 others. It is the deadliest terrorist attack in Great Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslims killed 52 people in a series of coordinated terrorist suicide bomb attacks in London which targeted civilians using the public transport system.

Once again, this blind terrorist attack targets young people in places where they go for entertainment, and its terrible symbolism is more than clear.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the abhorrence and deep sorrow of Greek Jewry for this hideous terrorist attack and expresses once more its concern about the almost mimetic spread of terrorism and blind violence.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families in these difficult moments. We express the wholeheartedly solidarity of Greek Jewry to the British people and the British Government.

May 23, 2017

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KIS CONDEMNS “NEW ANTI-SEMITISM”

In an article published on the news site enikos.gr (May 10, 2017), entitled “In bloody ink”, journalist and cartoonist Stathis (Stavropoulos) denounces attempts to incriminate criticism against Israel that present it as anti-Semitism in order to annul such political criticism. The article is accompanied by a cartoon which pictures free opinion killed by Israel. The article and cartoon were Stathis response to the publication of a survey on Anti-Semitism in Greece which shows high rates of anti-Semitic feelings in Greece. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following announcement on New Anti-Semitism:  
Certain anti-Semitic articles and cartoons in the press and on the internet contribute to the building up of a stereotype based on drawing parallels among “Jews”, “Zionists” and “Nazis”, equalizing the first with the latter, within a context of a frenetic trend to demonize the Sate of Israel and its people, present them as “Nazis” and as the incarnation of absolute evil. This is the fundamental principle of the so-called “New Anti-semitism”.

Journalists, cartoonists and media use deliberately the term “agents” of Israel, to avoid being accused of anti-Semitism, giving as a pretext that they do not aim against the Jews but against the Zionists. In this spirit, the Extreme Right coined the term “Jewish Zionist”. This new form of Anti-semitism is in use both by the Extreme Right, as well as by many groups of the Left who wish to delegitimize the very right of existence of the State of Israel. 

We were very disappointed when we read the new anti-Semitic libel of the Greek columnist Stathis, which he accompanied with an outrageous cartoon. He defies Greek and international surveys which underline the rise of anti-Semitic stereotypes among the Greeks; he demonizes the State of Israel (the only democratic state in the wider sensitive area of the Middle East, and a precious ally of our country in very difficult circumstances); and he accuses and incriminates, with disgraceful, pejorative and insulting characterizations all those who disagree with his opinion and fight boldly against racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitic stereotypes.

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EU COORDINATOR ON COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM IN THESSALONIKI FOR BOOK PRESENTATION

The research study «Anti-Semitism in Greece today: Expressions, causes and tackling of the phenomenon», which is one of the very few pertinent public opinion polls, has been presented in Thessaloniki during a special event that took place on Wednesday May 3, 2017. The event, which was attended and addressed by European Commission’s Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism in Europe, Katharina von Schnurbein, was organized by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Greece, the foundation that published the research in a book with the same title.

The research program, conducted by Giorgos Antoniou, Spyros Kosmidis, Elias Dinas and Leon Saltiel, has been presented by George Antoniou (Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Thessaloniki) and Spyros Kosmidis (Lecturer, University of Oxford).

The important current research looks into the causes and expressions of anti-Semitism in Greece, proposing measures and policies effectively dealing with the phenomenon, based on the assumption that the Holocaust was an unprecedented crime against humanity that cannot be time-barred.

The EU Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism, Katharina von Schnurbein, in her opening remarks stressed that not all EU states have integrated into their law systems the European legislation against Anti-Semitism; she also informed the audience that Europe is in cooperation with the biggest foreign companies in the social media, in order to fight the spread of Anti-Semitic stereotypes through the social media. Maria Giannakaki, General Secretary of Transparency and Human Rights of the Ministry of Justice, stressed that «[Anti-Semitism] is the most time-resistant form of racism and discrimination».

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GREEK JEWISH LEADERSHIP MET WITH EHUD BARAK Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:53
Israeli Minister of Defence, Ehud Barak, was in Athens on an official visit on 10th and 11th January 2012, accompanied by his wife, Nili Barak-Priel and ministry officials. The Israeli minister had meetings with the President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias, Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, Foreign Minister Stavros Dimas and his counterpart Minister of National Defence, Dimitris Avramopoulos. The main topic under discussion was the increased level of military co-operation in defence and security.
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THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION VISITS ISRAEL Print E-mail
Friday, 13 January 2012 13:29
Greek Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs, Mrs Anna Diamantopoulou visited Israel from 9th to 11th January 2012 at the invitation of the Minister for Education of Israel as part of the drive to improve relations between the two countries. Mrs Diamantopoulou was accompanied on her trip to Israel by Mr Victor Eliezer, who is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and was representing Greek Jewry.
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ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE NEW GOVERNMENT Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 November 2011 14:26
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece congratulates Mr. Loucas Papademos on his appointment as Prime Minister and expresses warm wishes for every success in his task.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece stresses that the new Government includes representatives of a political party (the LAOS party), members of which have expressed in the past propaganda against the Jews.
The Greek Jewry monitors closely the situation and is in alert for any relevant statements, while it expresses the belief that the Greek Prime Minister, as well as all the democratic forces of the country will not allow any violation of the Constitution, that provides for the equality of all citizens regardless of race or religion. In addition, the Greek Jewry believes that the new Government will continue the same policy against racism and anti-Semitism that have endorsed all the democratic governments in our country.
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GREEK JEWRY REJOICES THE RELEASE OF GILAD SHALIT Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 08:21
ANNOUNCEMENT

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its satisfaction for the release of the 25year old Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, in return for the release of 1.027 Palestinian prisoners, condemned for terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens and detained in Israel. Gilad Shalit was arrested and kept hostage by Hamas in 2006 and since then it was not allowed to any humanitarian organization, including the International Red Cross, to see him. 

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THESSALONIKI HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DESECRATED Print E-mail
Monday, 20 June 2011 12:38
The Holocaust Memorial of Thessaloniki was vandalized on Friday 17 June 2011, with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans. Perpetrators smudged the bronze plaque with the inscription dedicated to the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki who perished during the Holocaust, and wrote “LIES” on it.
This hideous act coincides with the decision of the City Council of Thessaloniki to bestow the City’s highest decoration over the 30 Holocaust survivors still living Thessaloniki in a ceremony to be held today, Monday 20 June.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki issued press releases condemning this anti-Semitic attack and urging the authorities to take all necessary measures in order to apprehend the culprits.
The Minister of Education Anna Diamantopoulou, the City Council of Thessaloniki, as well as the local Mayor Giannis Boutaris, issued public statements condemning the vandalism. The Holocaust Monument was immediately cleaned.
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