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THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE CONDEMNS THE VIOLENT ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS IN SWEDEN

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the abhorrence of the Greek Jewry for the recent attacks in Sweden against the Jewish Synagogue in Gothenburg and against the Jewish cemetery in Malmo.

Any attack against religious sites - wherever it may occur - is unacceptable and must be condemned by the world community. Condemning anti-Semitism goes with taking all the necessary measures that every well-governed country has to take in order to ensure the secure living of its citizens.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its solidarity with the Jewish Community of Sweden and stresses that Europe's Jews cannot be the target of any feasibility from wherever it may come.

The Authorities will need to be vigilant and defend the well-being of all citizens, regardless of their religion, against the followers of fanaticism and intolerance that seek to impose obscurantism in Europe.

Athens, December 12, 2017

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
KISE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE RECOGNITION OF JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL'S CAPITAL FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece acknowledges the importance of President Trump’s announcement that reflects in the most official way the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States.

The State of Israel, as any sovereign state, is legitimized to define its own capital. The State of Israel maintains its primary governmental and State’s authorities in Jerusalem, and all foreign leaders visiting Israel are hosted in Jerusalem as well.

The holy sites of all three of the world's monotheistic faiths are situated in Jerusalem. For decades, the State of Israel guarantees free access and prayer for Jews, Christians and Muslims, to the holy places which are administrated by Jewish, Islamic and Christian authorities respectively.  

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece wishes that the voices of prudence and logic will prevail on all sides in order to maintain the harmonious living together of the inhabitants of Jerusalem and in order to reach soon the goal of a peace treaty that will ensure the peaceful and safe coexistence of Israelis and Palestinians, with respect for the rights of both sides.

Athens, December 7th, 2017
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ATHENS HOLOCAUST MONUMENT VANDALIZED
The Holocaust Monument in Athens, close to the Synagogue and the community headquarters, was vandalized. Two parts of the three-fold inscription situated next to the Monument -with the message of Elie Wiesel to the passers by, in three languages (Greek, English and French)- were stripped off on the night of Friday December 1st, 2017.
The inscription -inter alia- reads: «Pause a while as you pass by, close your eyes and remember….Just remember. For by remembering we honour their death and we save them from dying again – in oblivion».

The Athens Municipality reacted immediately issuing an announcement, which was posted on the Municipality’s facebook and website.  The Municipality condemned the violent act and assured the Jewish community that it will provide for the reparation of the damage.
The desecration was also condemned by the Athens Jewish Community President, Minos Moissis, through the Community’s facebook and website, and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS). Our Board addressed a letter to the Minister of Citizen Protection asking for increased protection measures and for the arrest of the perpetrators. Secretary General for Religious Affairs, George Kalantzis, also issued a condemning announcement pointing out that this "atrocious act is also a constant reminder of our own duty to defend justice, truth and the memory of the six million exterminated Jews…”. 

* The announcement of KIS, dated December 4, 2017:
On Friday, December 1st, 2017, persons unknown vandalized the Holocaust Monument in Athens, which is located in Kerameikos, near the ancient cemetery and the Synagogue.
 
The perpetrators, driven by blind intolerance, anti-Semitic feelings, and complete historical ignorance, stripped the engraved plaques with Elie Wiesel’s words: “Pause a while as you pass by, close your eyes and remember. […] For by remembering we honour their deaths and we save them from dying again, in oblivion”.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) expresses the profound and deep sorrow of the Greek Jewry for the desecration of the Holocaust Monument in Athens; the Board also expresses its hope that brutality, anti-Semitism and intolerance will not prevail. KIS, in a letter sent to the Deputy Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection, requested that the vandals be arrested and brought to Justice. The city of Athens will not surrender to violence and atrocities, but will preserve by all means the historical memory. A positive sign in this direction is the prompt reaction of the City’s Municipality which in its announcement stated that the Municipality of Athens will restore the pieces that have been removed from the Monument, stating that Athens is and will remain a city that respects freedom and history.
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THE GHOSTS OF THESSALONIKI ARE STILL HERE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:56

LEON SALTIEL*

Seventy-five years ago today, during the German occupation of Greece, began the destruction of the historic Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. The cemetery was established in ancient times and on the eve of the Second World War counted approximately 500,000 graves in an area of 350,000 square meters, making it probably the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe and maybe the world. Within a few weeks, wrote an eyewitness, “the vast necropolis, scattered with fragments of stone and rubble, resembled a city that had been bombed, or destroyed by a volcanic eruption.” According to a report by the US consul in Istanbul, “recently buried dead were thrown to the dogs.”

This act was not a purely German initiative. Besides, one can visit Jewish cemeteries today in the center of Berlin. The initiative came from the local authorities, which for a long time had tried to remove the cemetery from its location, close to the city center. “And this damned German occupation had to come, when, with the collaboration of an ironic fate, this old unsolvable problem of Thessaloniki found its dramatic solution,” in the words of Thessaloniki intellectual Georgios Vafopoulos. In its place today is the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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KIS PRESIDENT DAVID SALTIEL AWARDED WITH THE GERMAN CROSS OF MERIT Print E-mail
Friday, 03 November 2017 13:59

Τhe President of the Central Βoard of Jewish Communities in Greece and President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, Mr. David Saltiel, received yesterday, 2 November 2017, the Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his contribution to the German-Jewish cooperation. The Federal Cross has been awarded to Mr David Saltiel by Mr Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe in a ceremony held at the residence of the German consul in Thessaloniki.

Mr David Saltiel accepted the great honor that was made to him, with a toast to life, the life that the Holocaust has brutally cut short for the members of the thriving Jewish Community of Thessaloniki.

Mr Michael Roth said that the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Mr David Saltiel should be praised for the hard work for reconciliation. David Saltiel vowed that he will continue to fight for reconciliation in order to create the better future that we deserve and that unites us all together.

In his speech, Michael Roth referred also to the Holocaust Museum of Thessaloniki and applauded Mr Saltiel’s personal involvement and commitment to the realisation of this project. Mr. D. Saltiel said that Mr Roth believed in this project from the very beginning and supported it by all means.

Earlier on the same day, Mr. D. Saltiel welcomed Mr. M. Roth to the offices of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki where he presented German Minister Roth with a papyrus and a symbolic commemorative gift at a special ceremony in the presence of the leadership of Greek Jewry and representatives of the German Consulate.

Relevant:
- ANA - MPA, November 3, 2017


-        Read HERE Mr. Saltiel’s welcoming address to M. Roth.

 
Menachem Simantov: a different rescue story of 600 Christians from Serres Print E-mail
Friday, 24 November 2017 12:24
 
By VICTOR ELIEZER (E.J.P., Nov. 20, 2017)
It was a June 2017 morning when my phone rang and on the end of the line I heard the kind voice of a lady:   - "I want to talk to you about the Jews of Serres, (a city in North Greece),  and the history of my family", she tells me and somehow she surprised me because –to tell the truth– I did not believe there was a single Jew from Serres that was alive. - "I had no idea", I answer, "that you are from Serres, and of course I am interested in your story".

ATHENS----It was a June 2017 morning when my phone rang and on the end of the line I heard the kind voice of a lady:  
- "I want to talk to you about the Jews of Serres, (a city in North Greece), and the history of my family", she tells me and somehow she surprised me because –to tell the truth– I did not believe there was a single Jew from Serres that was alive.

- "I had no idea", I answer, "that you are from Serres, and of course I am interested in your story"
And so, on the evening of Friday, June 13, Mrs. Mimika Simantov-Samouilidou welcomes me in her apartment just opposite the Acropolis. The dining table was full of photos, publications and books. Her discourse is accompanied by photographs of a distant past. Favorite faces, houses and streets that no longer exist. Her voice trembles with emotion when she shows me the photos.
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HONORARY EVENT FOR THE frm PRESIDENT OF KIS MOSES CONSTANTINIS Print E-mail
Friday, 27 October 2017 10:31

On Monday, October 16, 2017, in the central hall of the Old Parliament’s house in Athens, filled to capacity, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) honored its former President, Mr. Moses Constantinis. The event was coordinated by Mr. Moses Elisaf, General Secretary of KIS and President of the Jewish Community of Ioannina, who also addressed an introductory speech. Afterwards, the floor was given to Mr. David Saltiel, President of KIS and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, Mr. Makis Matsas, President of the Jewish Museum of Greece, Mr. Petros Eufthymiou, former Minister, Mr. Dionysis Savvopoulos, composer, and close friend of Moses Constantinis, and Ms. Effie Ezrati, on behalf of the employees of KIS, respectively.

Ms. Irit Ben-Aba, the Ambassador of Israel in Greece, addressed the event, thanking Moses Constantinis for his years of service, on behalf of the State of Israel, of the Embassy, as well as personally. The address was followed by the screening of a video, including photographs and interviews, presenting the personality and the work of Moses Constantinis. 

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR FAR RIGHT’S PARTY ENTRY IN THE BUDENSTAG Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 12:02

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece congratulates Angela Merkel on securing her fourth consecutive term in the German Chancellery.

However, the overall results of the German federal elections of September 2017, with the strong presence of the extreme, xenophobic and anti-European party “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) in the country's federal Parliament, raise concern both for Germany itself and for all of Europe.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece shares the concern of the entire democratic world about the fact that a far-right xenophobic party enters the Bundestag for the first time since 1945. We ask from the German Government which will be formed soon to take into very serious consideration the results of these elections and search the cause of the rise of vote in favor of this particular xenophobic party.

At the same time, we express our conviction that the other parties in the Bundestag will preserve the democratic principles of Germany.

Athens, September 25, 2017

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