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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ATTACK AGAINST THE GREEK ORTHODOX PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM IN BETHLEHEM

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece unreservedly condemns the attack against the Patriarch of Jerusalem in Bethlehem upon his arrival in the city for the Feast of Epiphany.

We express the abhorrence of Greek Jewry for the violence that has occurred and we feel it’s necessary to stress once that fanaticism, violence and intimidation cannot in any way be accepted or acceptable methods for supporting a position.

Athens, January 9th, 2018
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
SIGNING OF THE PRESIDENTIAL DECREE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM OF GREECE

The President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Mr. David Saltiel, expresses his deep satisfaction with the success of the efforts made by the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, and the friendly and fruitful  cooperation with the President and CEO of Gaiaose SA Mr Athanassios Schizas and the Mayor of Thessaloniki Mr Yannis Boutaris, for the construction of the Holocaust Museum of Greece in the place of the Old Railway Station of Thessaloniki.

The Presidential Decree that has been signed on 29 December 2017 and published in the Official Government Gazette (issue no 293) paves the way for the realization of this important project. The Museum that will be constructed in the city of Thessaloniki, whose 50,000 citizens were exterminated in the Nazi camps, will serve as a continuous reminder of the consequences of the prevalence of racism and intolerance, as a memorial of the Holocaust, as a place of defense and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms of humankind and as a place of peaceful coexistence for all people.

 JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE STATEMENTS OF RABBI MORDECHAI FRIZIS

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece denounces the unacceptable and provocative statements made by Rabbi Mordechai Frizis who lives in Israel and has no relation with the Greek Jewry and the Jewish Communities of Greece. These extreme views, that are inconsistent with the values ​​of the Jewish religion, were one of the reasons why the Rabbi Mordechai Frizis could not remain as Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki .

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece considers that these voices of fanaticism and intolerance undermine the peaceful coexistence between people of different religions.

 Athens January 2nd, 2018

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE ATTACK AGAINST THE ISRAELI EMBASSY IN ATHENS BY RUBICON ANARCHIST GROUP Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 13:43
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) expresses the repugnance of the Greek Jewry and condemns the attack with bottles of red paint against the building of the Embassy of Israel in Athens, launched by a group of anarchists called Rubicon, in the morning of December 25, 2017.
The fair solution of the Palestinian issue may be achieved only through negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians and not through violent attacks against the Israeli Embassy in Greece or against Jewish targets in Europe. Once more KIS wishes for logic and prudence to prevail over any form of fanaticism that perpetuates hatred and alienates hopes for peace and understanding in the region.
Athens, December 27, 2017
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE RETHORIC ATTACK AGAINST THE PRESIDENT OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF ATHENS Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 09:58
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece condemns unequivocally the malicious and vulgar insults, containing fierce racist and anti-Semitic references, launched against the President of the Athens Jewish Community Mr. Minos Moissis by the web edition of the newspaper MAKELEIO.
The headline of the article reads: “Cruel Jew at the head of a company of “crows” that has been assigned to liquidate the “red loans” (past due debt) of poor Greeks. President of the Jewish Community, he pretends friendly and takes (our money) from the back door”.
The article targets and treats with contempt Mr. Moissis -a renowned and experienced professional and a top executive manager in the banking and insurance industry for 30 years- because only of his Jewish identity and his position as the President of the Jewish Community of Athens. Apart from the insulting references, the racist and malicious intent against Mr. Moissis, is indicated by the fact that he is referred to as the “cruel Jew” who has allegedly undertaken the task of “clearing out the loans of the poor Greeks”. Thus, in an unacceptable manner, the hideous and racist stereotype of the evil hard Jewish is reproduced.

Mr. Moissis will pursue the case to the Greek Justice for restoring his honor and reputation.
Nevertheless, in a period that we witness an outburst of anti-Semitic violence in Europe, this unjust, unprovoked and totally unfounded attack against a leading figure of the Greek Jewry, not only endangers his own safety but the right to live safely of all Greek Jews alike.
We are certain that the competent Greek Authorities will take all necessary measures against those who endorse hate speech as the means of promotion of their anti-Semitic campaign.
Athens, December 18, 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 Print E-mail
Friday, 08 December 2017 13:03

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
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH
COMMUNITIES IN GREECE
 
THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE CONDEMNS THE VIOLENT ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS IN SWEDEN Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:33

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

 
ATHENS HOLOCAUST MONUMENT VANDALIZED Print E-mail
Monday, 04 December 2017 14:36
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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