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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

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

In an article published on the news site (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.


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».

Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:31

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».

(465 signatures as of April 12, 2017)

- On KIS website

Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:08

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

Friday, 07 April 2017 12:23

One more blind terrorist attack has been added to the long list of attacks that have been shaking the European continent. This time the attack occurred in the subway of St. Petersburg, the second largest city of Russia, on Monday, April 3, 2017, during rush hour; the attack resulted in the death of eleven people, while forty five people have been injured and some of them are in a very critical condition.

The terrorist attack took place while the Russian President Vladimir Putin was in St. Petersburg to attend the fourth regional media forum. No matter which are the forces that motivate terrorism, it is our duty to fight against these ideologies.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the Greek Jewry’s abhorrence at this brutal act of terrorism, strongly condemns terrorism, and stands by the Russian government and the Russian people in their three-day mourning. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece conveys the most sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes wholeheartedly fast recovery to the wounded.

 Athens, 6th April 2017


Thursday, 13 April 2017 11:57

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


Friday, 31 March 2017 09:57

The Holocaust Monument in Kavala was brutally defaced on March 30, 2017, by vandals who shattered a large part of its marble façade. The attack was condemned by the Municipality of Kavala, government officials and political parties. More specifically the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its announcement pointed out: “…similar incidents of vandalism of historic monuments, racism and intolerance are unequivocally condemned by the Greek society…”, the Secretary General for Religious Affairs of the Education Ministry Mr. George Kalantzis stressed: “as many times they demolish them  -the Holocaust Memorials-, so many times we will have them rebuilt”, the main opposition Party New Democracy stated: «…hatred, bigotry and racism are unknown to the principles, the values and the culture of Greece…” and the SYRIZA Party -branch of Kavala- mentioned: “The vandalism of the monument for the 1.484 Jews of Kavala who perished at the concentration camps is an “effrontery monument” and reminds to the citizens of the town that fascism lies in wait”.  

Our Board issued the following announcement: 

Early in the morning today (Thursday, March 30, 2017), the Holocaust Monument of the Greek Jews of Kavala, who were deported and exterminated by the Nazis in the Nazi camp of Treblinka in Poland, was destroyed with the use of a heavy tool by unknown perpetrators. The municipality of Kavala has unveiled this Holocaust monument only on May 2015, restoring through this symbolic way the memory of the 1.484 Jews of the city.


The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the abhorrence of the Greek Jewry for this vandal attack against the Holocaust monument of Kavala, which occurs only a few days after the desecration of the Holocaust Monument of Arta. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes nevertheless the prompt reaction of the Mayor of Kavala, Ms. Dimitra Tsanaka, who has immediately condemned this sad incident, promising that «the Holocaust memorial will be immediately restored in order to be offered again to the town and to continue to symbolize unity among people, sending a strong message against racism and intolerance and reminding the black pages of the past that humanity must never again witness». 

 At the same time we express our deep concern: these acts of desecration show in an obvious way that anti-Semitism -an antisemitism almost without Jews-, racism, and intolerance survive and lurk everywhere in every moment. Every moral, political or other act of legitimation of the nostalgic pro-Nazis increases the risk of the revival of anti-Semitism and of the expansion of such incidents that threaten the values ​​of a modern and democratic society and darken the prestige of our country. Prosecutors should take all necessary measures to arrest the vandals responsible and bring them to justice.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece calls the local authorities, representatives of the society, and the citizens of Kavala to oppose strongly against such acts and practices which in the past led to the overthrow of Democracy and the prevalence of Nazism, and to protect the city's collective memory for a part of the population that was brutally exterminated in the Nazi concentration camp.

Athens, March 30, 2017

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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