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WJC PRESIDENT RONALD S. LAUDER INTERVIEWED IN “KATHIMERINI” Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:22

Greece is a key player in the Mediterranean and the strengthening of ties with Israel on a political and military level is an important development given the rise of Islamic terrorism, according to Ronald Lauder, the president of World Jewish Congress, who visited Athens on the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In an interview with Kathimerini’s Sunday’s edition, Lauder noted the rise of nationalism, and anti-Semitism which, he said, is not just a threat to minorities but to society at large. Lauder said the proliferation of far-right groups in Europe, including Golden Dawn in Greece which openly professes its hatred of Jews and Israel, has taken on alarming proportions. He also noted a rise in anti-Semitism among Muslim migrants in Europe, as well as among traditional European newspapers and even Britain’s Labour party.

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Greek Parliament President Voutsis visits the Knesset; signs declaration to combat anti-Semitism Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 13:21

The President of the Hellenic Parliament, Nikos Voutsis, visited the Knesset Wednesday as a guest of Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein. On Thursday, he will return to the Knesset to participate in a first-of-its-kind trilateral meeting with Speaker Edelstein and the president of Cyprus` House of Representatives, Demetris Syllouris. They will discuss various subjects which are connected to the future of the region.

After signing the Knesset guestbook and giving formal statements to the press, Voutsis held a work meeting at the Knesset Speaker`s office. MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin (Zionist Camp), who heads the Israel-Greece Parliamentary Friendship Group, also participated in the meeting.
During the meeting, the Greek parliament`s president signed a declaration which has already been signed by various parliamentary heads, making a commitment to battle anti-Semitism.

”This is a subject which we fight against firmly”, Voutsis noted. Voutsis met with members of the Knesset`s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and with Opposition Leader MK Isaac Herzog (Zionist Camp).
Knesset Speaker Edelstein said, ”Israel and Greece are the successors of two magnificent cultures, and the two countries share mutual values of democracy. I was glad to hear that you [spoke extensively about] Holocaust memorial enterprises in Greece”.

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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE GREEK MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF GREECE AND YAD VASHEM Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 11:21

Τhe Memorandum of Understanding between the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, the Jewish Museum of Greece and Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority was signed on January 26, 2017, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Memorandum was signed by the Greek Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Mr. Konstantinos Gavroglou and the President of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Museum in Greece, Mr. Samuel Matsas signed, with the presence of the Ambassador of Israel to Greece, Ms. Irit Ben-Abba and her Deputy Ms. Sawsan Hasson.

Source: Embassy of Israel

 
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE STATEMENTS OF THE IMAM OF GLAFKI – Apology of the Imam Print E-mail
Monday, 09 January 2017 11:45

 

A Muslim religious figure of Xanthi, Imam Erkan Azizoglou (of the village of Glafki) posted on his facebook account (December 4, 2016) hate anti-Semitic comments. The Imam wished for the fires that burst out in Israel not to be put out!  In response to the reaction caused by his statement and the comments posted on line (asking not to make parallels between the State and the people who live in it) the Imam debated that “All the Israelis are the same. They are all as a monster that is fed on blood”. With these hate comments, totally inappropriate for a religious leader, Erkan Azizoglou threatens peaceful coexistence among Greek citizens regardless of religion in this sensitive region. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece is always in alert to fight against anti-Semitic rhetoric expressed by any part.  

  Athens December 19, 2016

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 

Related:

 - The apology of Imam Azizoglou on the website of the Racist Crimes Watch (Jan. 7.2017): On January 7, 2017, Imam Azizoglou posted an apology on the website of the Racist Crimes Watch (of the NGO Greek Helsinki Monitor). The Imam notified that he erased his comments from his facebook account and apologized to those offended. The comment also reads: “The legitimate condemnation of the Israeli policy towards the Palestinians should not include elements that offend the majority of the population of the country based on its ethnic and religious identity”.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE RACIST ATTACK IN THE SYNAGOGUE OF UMAN, UKRAINE Print E-mail
Friday, 23 December 2016 12:58

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent the following letter to the Ukrainian ambassador to Greece, Mr. Volodymyr Shkurov, concerning the abominable attack on a Jewish holy site in Uman, Ukraine.

Dear Mr. Ambassador,

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece declares the abhorrence and the indignation of the Greek Jewry after the racist attack and the desecration of the synagogue at the Ukrainian city of Uman, south of Kiev, burial place of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, which occurred in the evening of Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

This abominable attack, in a country already under the shadow of Nazi supporters, should be condemned by both the government and the society in Ukraine, and we hope that the perpetrators will be soon arrested and brought to justice. Any tolerance to such vile behaviors is not consistent with the principles of any democratic society; instead, it recalls the most obscure pages of history, written in your country as well.

Finally, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its full solidarity with the Jewish community of Ukraine in their fight against anti-Semitism.

Athens, December 23, 2016

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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