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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SWASTIKAS GRAFFITI ON THE SYNAGOGUE OF IOANNINA - OFFICIAL GREEK REACTIONS Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 07:17

On September 12, 2016, the exterior of the Synagogue of Ioannina was found by local Jewish Community members desecrated with swastikas graffiti. The authorities were notified. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following announcement:

"Vandal racists defaced with swastikas the exterior of the surrounding wall of the historic Synagogue of Ioannina, situated in the old walled city, the Kastro (Castle). Vandals drew swastikas also in some houses of the surrounding area.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expressed the Greek Jewry’s repudiation for this hideous act and urged the competent authorities to work for the arrest of the perpetrators as well as for the adequate protection of the Synagogue so as to contain such incidents that stain the image of the city of Ioannina".  

The reaction of the Greek authorities was expressed in a series of condemnation statements, issued on September 13, 2016, by the Mayor of Ioannina Thomas Begas, the governing party of SYRIZA, and the New Democracy opposition party.

 
GREEK JEWS CONDEMN ATTACKS AGAINST CHRISTIAN CHURCHES IN GREECE – KIS LETTER TO THE ARCHBISHOP OF ATHENS Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:47

With regard to a series of attacks against Christian churches and following the  arson attack on the Petraki Church in Athens, which also houses the offices of the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece strongly condemned this act of vandalism. In a letter to His Holiness the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Ieronymos, the Board expressed the Greek Jewry’s solidarity. The letter states the following:


Your Holiness,

It is with dismay that we have been observing in the past days the violent attacks against Christian churches in Greece. The attack on the offices of the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church, in the Petraki Monastery, is the most recent event in this sad chain of violent acts. Our reaction to these events must be united and firm: We must condemn violence and safeguard all people’s right to worship.

 

We, the Greek Jews, know very well what vandalism of a house of prayer means to a worshiper. We have many times experienced this painful feeling. In a time when religion is constantly targeted, we have the moral obligation to defend with all our strength the right to faith. Hatred and intolerance have no place in a society that means to forge the respect of human rights.

Your Holiness,

 

We share your rightful sorrow for the desecration of holy Christian sites, as such actions are an insult to the core values of our civilization. 

Athens August 9, 2016

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

The President Moses Constantinis

The Secretary General Marcel Solomon

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE PEW SURVEY ON EUROPEAN FEARS RELEVANT TO REFUGEE INFLUX – GREECE’S SCORES Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:52

For the past several years Europe goes through an ongoing crisis. Economic destabilization has inter alia altered to a great extent the nature of relations amongst European citizens. Tolerance of the Europeans towards the refugees, the immigrants and any other minority decreases daily. This fact is also confirmed by the recent survey conducted by Pew Research Center on European scale.

The idea of a multicultural society seems to have collapsed for good. In the face of the immigrant European citizens see the foreign that will be a burden to economy and will endanger national security. The recent terrorist attacks intensify xenophobic and racist feelings as they offer ground for rushed assessments. In this context the rates of Islamophobia have dramatically increased in the recent period.

Regarding our country, the results are highly worrisome. Greece lies steadily among the first countries with the highest scores of negative opinions towards immigrants and refugees. Greece also holds the highest score in Europe regarding society’s negative attitudes towards the Jews. These results must not come as a surprise to us. For a long time diffused anti-Semitism is common in Greece, as this recent survey came to confirm. Anti-Semitic incidents increase more and more. Intolerance seems to have put roots in the very heart of society. The rhetoric of stereotypes and conspiracy theories, as well as prejudice against the Jews, and secondly against the Muslims, is widely tolerated by a major part of Greek society.

Therefore, let this survey be a starting point for reaction. It is time that all competent authorities rise high to the challenge of their responsibilities.

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EUMC Working Definition of Anti-Semitism Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 14:13

Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of Anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities. In addition, such manifestations could also target the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectively. Anti-Semitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for ‘why things go wrong’.

Anti-Semitic acts are criminal when they are so defined by law (for example, denial of the Holocaust or distribution of Anti-Semitism materials in some countries).

Criminal acts are anti-Semitic when the target of attacks, whether they are people or property – such as buildings, schools, places of worship and cemeteries – are selected because they are, or are perceived to be, Jewish or linked to Jews.

Anti-Semitic discrimination is the denial to Jews of opportunities or services available to others and is illegal in many countries.

[See here the full text: EUMC Working Definition of Anti-Semitism]
 
GREEK GOVERNMENT & POLITICAL PARTIES CONDEMN THE DESECRATION OF THE ATHENS HOLOCAUST MONUMENT Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 08:44
Greek political parties issued statements condemning the desecration of the Holocaust Monument in Athens, which occurred on October 30. 2014:
- In a statement, the Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Socialit party of PASOK Evangelos Venizelos pledged that the authorities will do everything in their power to arrest the perpetrators. Mr. Venizelos spoke of a "barbaric act" that "offends the history of not only the Jewish community but the entire Greek people" who respects and honors the memory of the tens of thousands of Greek Jews, who were tragically killed in the Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust.

- The Minister of Public Order Vassilis Kikilias, in his statement said: "I want to condemn this heinous act and to emphasize that the state will show no tolerance for those who insult the memory of thousands of our fellow citizens who lost their lives during the Holocaust”.
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