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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

 
GREEK JEWRY ADDRESSES LETTER OF PROTEST TO UNESCO OVER NEW VOTE ON JERUSALEM Print E-mail
Friday, 14 October 2016 12:48

In the aftermath of the new decision of the Executive Board of UNESCO, which ignores Jewish and Christian historical presence on the holy sites in Jerusalem, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece addressed the following letter of protest to the UNESCO Director General Mrs. Irina Bokova, as well as to the President of the Greek National Committee to UNESCO Mrs Ekaterini Tzitzikosta:

Honorable General Director Bokova,
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and all the Greek Jews strongly protest and express their repugnance and sorrow for the latest UNESCO decision that ignores the historical bonds of the Jews with the Western Wall on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, as well as the bonds of the Christians with
the Holy sites. This decision is an insult to the Jewish people and the Jews all over the world to whom this site represents a sacred religious birthplace.

The Western Wall, also called the Wailing Wall, is the only remaining part of the Temple of Solomon, which was destroyed for the first time in 586 BC by the Babylonians and for the second time in 70 AD by the Romans. It symbolizes the cradle of the Jewish faith and its undoubted connection with its identity and historic course. Since then the Jews all over the world we pray with our heads facing towards Jerusalem. This will never change regardless of your Organization’s shameful decision. History cannot be either distorted or manufactured.

The new decision of the Executive Board of UNESCO reveals the manipulated political expediencies that encourage intolerance and anti-Semitism and diverge all efforts for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

UNESCO should protect the city of Jerusalem as a holy place for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, instead of giving in to political pressure exercised by countries that aim at turning the Holy city from a place of affection and reconciliation to a place of hatred and bloodshed.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece asks for the revocation of this shameful decision that distorts world history.

Sincerely Yours,

The President DAVID SALTIEL

The Secretary General MOSES ELISAF

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE NEW TERROR ATTACK IN JERUSALEM ON THE EVE OF YOM KIPPUR Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 09:43

Another terror attack in Jerusalem –this time the victims were two people dead and five injured- perpetrates the circle of blood, fanaticism and hatred in the Middle East and undermines peace.

It is not a random coincidence that this repulsive criminal act took place just a few days before the great festivity of Judaism, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and while a positive climate has just started to be developed for the re-approaching and the re-opening of peace negotiations, as a result of the symbolic move of Palestinian Authority President M. Abbas to attend the funeral of Israeli leader and pioneer of Peace Shimon Peres.

This particular time was chosen by the terrorists to strike -once more- against the peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, by spreading fear and death among innocent people, unsuspected citizens who were standing at a railway station in Jerusalem.  

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, along with the Greek Jewry’s solidarity and condolences towards the Israeli people and the families of the victims, expresses the wish that logic and prudence prevail, in order to reopen the way to the accomplishment of the much-desired Peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, in honesty and determination, and stop the bloodshed of innocent people, victims of the ruthless terrorism of the extremists.

Athens, October 10, 2016

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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AJC HONORS CYPRUS PRESIDENT ANASTASIADES Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 08:07

September 23, 2016 – New York – AJC honored Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades with the global advocacy organization’s prestigious Light Unto the Nations Award for his steadfast defense of democratic values, relentless pursuit of peace, and unwavering commitment to friendship with the United States and Israel.

David Harris, AJC’s Chief Executive Officer, who has met with President Anastasiades many times in Cyprus and New York, presented the award. Honorary AJC President Stanley Bergman welcomed the nearly 100 guests to his home, where the event took place. John Shapiro, AJC President, concluded the session.

“As the Prophet Isaiah said, the highest calling in life is peace or “eirini” in Greek, but to have peace requires courage (‘tharros’) and wisdom (‘sofia’). President Anastasiades has shown these qualities in his determination to reunite his island nation peacefully, and in his genuine friendship to the United States and Jewish people,” said Harris.

Anastasiades said he is “immensely proud” to receive AJC’s Light Unto the Nations Award. Saluting the close, cooperative partnership developed over the years between his country and AJC, the president said the award is “a testament to our joint belief in advancing closer Cypriot-Israeli cooperation and strengthening regional synergies and transatlantic relations.”

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THE GREEK JEWRY MOURNS THE LOSS OF SHIMON PERES Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:50
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the entire Greek Jewry join the mourning for the loss of the ninth President of the State of Israel and convey their deepest condolences to his family and the people of Israel.

Shimon Peres has been a great political and academic figure who has identified his name and activity with the history of the State of Israel for seven decades.
From the office of the President of Israel, as Prime Minister –a position which he was elected in three times- as well as from all public offices he hold, Shimon Peres worked for the security, the achievement of peace and the progress of Israel. He pioneered the Oslo agreement. His tireless work for peace was recognized at international level and in 1994 he was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Peace, together with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat.

“Shimon Peres’s bond with Greece has been special and has deep roots”, said the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Mr. David Saltiel. As stressed in his condolences message: “Shimon Peres has been a friend of Greece and of the Greek Jewish Community. He grew up with his father’s memories of his passing through Greece when during 1941 Yitzhak Persky fought with the Jewish Brigade against the Nazis. In 2003 the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki proclaimed Shimon Peres an honorary member of the Community. Last June he visited Greece and the characteristic statement of the Greek President Pavlopoulos was that “Peres represents a source of inspiration for peace in the Middle East”.

Shimon Peres has also been an admirer of the Greek-Jewish cultural heritage. I am profoundly touched to recall the meeting that he had with the leadership of the Greek Jewry during his state visit to Greece in August 2012. I vividly remember his address to the Youth: “The scientists represent the true wealth of a country, thus, arm yourselves with knowledge and invest in research”. I quote these words as I believe they reflect his wisdom, his character and his innovative thought. Let those words be his legacy to the people of Israel and the entire world for the benefit of progress and development”.

Shimon Peres didn’t simply speak about peace. He worked throughout his whole life with persistence in order to accomplish it. He believed in turning the impossible into possible. He knew well that Israel could not survive depending either on military force, or on diplomacy or on economic power alone, but on the commitment and continuous development of all three parameters together.  

Shimon Peres carried on his shoulders for 70 years the visions and the hopes of an entire people and through his continuous participation in its fights, identified the history of the State of Israel with his own personal history which is a source of inspiration to future generations.

In 2005 Shimon Peres stated: “My vision is to have a State as old as the Ten Commandments and as new as the internet”.

Athens, September 28, 2016

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
RIVLIN MEETS DAUGHTER OF MAYOR WHO SAVED JEWS IN THE HOLOCAUST Print E-mail
Friday, 23 September 2016 12:51

President Reuven Rivlin this morning (Tuesday) met in his office with Lana Carrer, daughter of the Lucas Carrer, who served as Mayor of the Greek island of Zakynthos during the Nazi occupation of the island. Mayor Carrer, together with the local bishop, were responsible for saving the nearly 300 Jews who lived on the island by refusing the order of the Nazi occupying forces to provide a list of the Jewish community.

President Rivlin greeted and hugged Mrs. Carrer and thanked her for the actions of her family and her community for the sake of the Jewish people. He said, “We want to thank you for the actions of your family. Their bravery is an example of the very best of what humanity is capable of. Their actions go to the very heart of the history of the Jewish people.”

Mrs. Carrer thanked the President, and spoke of the respect and warm relationship between the peoples of the island, and spoke of her admiration for the President and his work to combat discrimination.

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