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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 DEADLY ATTACKS AT THE AIRPORT OF ISTANBUL Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2016 09:43

Only a few months after the successive strikes in Istanbul and Brussels, Istanbul was hit on June 28, 2016, by a new terrorist attack. Specifically, Kemal Atatürk airport was attacked by suicide bombers and the death toll so far was heavy: 41 people were found dead and at least 239 were injured. It is undoubtedly the deadliest attack that has recently hit our neighbouring country. These difficult moments our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families, to which we express our deepest condolences.

Istanbul’s incidents are the latest act of a play that does not seem to have an end. The terrorist attacks across Europe have dramatically multiplied and the perpetrator is always the same: is the Islamic State and its radical fanaticism. The fear of terrorism hovers daily over Europe.

On behalf of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, the unequivocal condemnation of these attacks is self-evident.

It is our strong duty to combat with all our strengths the Islamic fundamentalism along with the fanaticism that sinks our societies into fear. We must not allow hatred to nest permanently in Europe’s heart. Unfortunately, there is no time for complacency.

Athens, June 30, 2016
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
THESSALONIKI MAYOR BOUTARIS RECEIVES THE DAMASKINOS AWARD BY THE AFJMG Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 08:44

On June 1, 2016 The American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece (AFJMG) and the Jewish Museum of Greece bestowed the DAMASKINOS AWARD to the Honorable Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki in a ceremony at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in New York City.  The DAMASKINOS AWARD was established by AFJMG to recognize prominent public figures for actions and initiatives serving to build relationships of trust and cooperation, tolerance and respect between the Jews and Christians in USA and Greece. The first recipient of this prestigious award was Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. The second DAMASKINOS AWARD honored the Mayor of Thessaloniki - a city and a name that, more than many others resonates in Jewish hearts as Salonica, the  place ,for many centuries known as “ la madre  de Israel” and “Jerusalem of the Balkans”.

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POSTPONEMENT OF THE CONFERENCE FOR THE ELECTIONS AT KIS Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 12:22

The 22nd Conference of Representatives of the Jewish Communities of Greece, which convened in Athens on June 26, 2016, in order to elect the new Board of Directors of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), the umbrella organization of the Greek Jewry, decided to postpone the Conference. The new date was set for the 18th of September 2016.

The current KIS administration, presided by Mr. Moses Constantinis, will remain in office until the Conference of September 18, 2016.

 
MAYOR BOUTARIS' INTERVIEW ON THESSALONIKI’S JEWISH HERITAGE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 08:34

Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris visited the USA in June 2016. Mayor Boutaris was awarded by the American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece with the “Damaskinos Award” in a ceremony held in New York on June 1. Mayor Boutaris also addressed this year’s AJC Global Forum, held in Washington, as one of the 189 European mayors who have joined the 319 US mayors in AJC’s “Mayors United against Antisemitim” initiative. During his stay in the US, Yiannis Boutaris was interviewed by Ron Kampeas for the JTA (July 5, 201). We publish the interview here under:  

WASHINGTON (JTA) –  “I am proud to be a Vlach,” says Yiannis Boutaris, the mayor of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city.
Ostensibly, we’re here at the Washington Hilton to discuss Boutaris’ bid to put the Jewish back in Thessaloniki, a city — perhaps best known as Salonika —once home to the largest numbers of Jews in Greece.
But I’m the one who brought up the Vlachs, a dwindling minority of speakers of an ancient Latin dialect, scattered throughout the Balkans. When he ambles over, I greet him with the “Ci fac?” I have learned from my wife’s family. Pronounced “Tzi fatz,” it more or less means “what’s up?”

His eyes widen a little. “Gini!” he says, he’s fine. He looks at his aide, Leonidas Makris, with a look that suggests, “I thought you told me this guy was Jewish?”

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE DEADLY TERRORIST ATTACK IN TEL AVIV Print E-mail
Friday, 10 June 2016 12:18

On June 8, 2016 Israel was hit by a new terrorist attack. Specifically, two Palestinians opened fire in the center of Tel-Aviv, at the Sarona complex, a symbol of modern lifestyle.  The death toll is heavy: four Israelis were killed and many more were injured. This bloody event is the worst since the beginning of the year. Overall, 32 Israelis were murdered in terrorists attacks since last October. Hamas welcomed the murderous act and announced that the two perpetrators are members of the organization, without however taking official responsibility for the attack. As long as the Palestinian political organizations praise such abominable events and describe them as ‘heroic operations’, it is certain that peace and stability in the area would be constantly postponed. The same is true for the Palestinian residents, who also welcomed the attacks. Unfortunately, while Israeli medical staff is working hard to save the life of one of the perpetrators, the Palestinian authorities gloat about these crimes and encourage citizens to take similar action in the future.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece considers that the strong condemnation of such hideous events has to be self-evident for any political organization and every democratic citizen. Finally, our thoughts are with the victims’ families, to which we express our deepest condolences.

Athens, June 10, 2016

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
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