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THE GREEK JEWRY WELCOMES THE SIGNING OF THE EAST MED AGREEMENT
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the landmark intergovernmental agreement among Greece, Cyprus and Israel for the East Med natural gas pipeline, an agreement of historic importance which was signed in Athens on January 2nd, 2020.                         

We repeat our belief that East Med pipeline will even further stabilize and develop the productive cooperation among Greece, Cyprus and Israel, it will boost the prosperity and progress of the people in the region, while it will also work as a bridge of peace between the Middle East and Europe.

 Athens, January 3rd, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE VANDALISM OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT IN TRIKALA
Unfortunately, once more we express our sorrow, outrage and concern over the new vandal attack against a Jewish site in Trikala, the second within two days. Following the desecration of the Synagogue, the Holocaust Monument was vandalized, with part of the surrounding fence been severely damaged and the ornamenting Magen David been detached. It is to be noted that in February and March 2019 the Monument had been three times vandalized with antisemitic graffiti.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece reacted swiftly and addressed letters to the Minister of Citizen Protection, the Mayor of Trikala and the Chief of the Police department in Trikala asking for the arrest of the perpetrators and their prosecution, the adoption of effective security measures for the protection of all Jewish sites -thus the Synagogue, the Holocaust Monument and the Jewish cemetery- so that such actions -that damage the image of the city both in Greece and abroad- are prevented from happening again in the future.

We hope that the city of Trikala, the Municipality, the Church and the civil society will safeguard the city’s history and heritage against the followers of intolerance and antisemitism.

Athens, January 3rd, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI AT THE SYNAGOGUE OF TRIKALA
During these solemn holy days that the light of love is spread all over the world, some still promote hatred against the Jews!

The hideous antisemitic graffiti with which the newly restored historic Synagogue of Trikala was desecrated, causes but deep sorrow and repugnance. It reminds us that the snake’s egg is still incubating within our society and that the struggle against antisemitism needs to be continuous and the vigilance relentless.

We condemn this vile act and call upon the competent authorities to take all necessary measures for the arrest and punishment of the perpetrators, as well as for the protection of the Jewish sites in Trikala, a city that has proved to show zero tolerance to bigotry and racism.

Athens December 31, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE US CONGRESS EAST MED PARTNERSHIP ACT AND THE COOPERATION AMONG GREECE, CYPRUS AND ISRAEL Print E-mail
Friday, 20 December 2019 14:18
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the US Congress decision to approve the East Med Partnership Act which reinforces even further the cooperation among Greece, Cyprus and Israel and at the same time consolidates stability in the region of the Southeastern Mediterranean. The East Med will not simply be a pipeline to transport natural gas that will boost the prosperity of the people in the region, it will be a bridge of peace between the Middle East and Europe.

In this spirit, this decision of the US Congress is a determining contribution to the forging of historic bonds of friendship amongst the peoples of Greece, Cyprus and Israel.

Athens, December 20, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE BURNING OF THE ISRAELI FLAG DURING A BASKETBALL GAME IN ATHENS Print E-mail
Friday, 20 December 2019 09:16
The burning of the Israeli flag, which occurred in Athens within the context of a basketball game between a Greek and an Israeli team, is a condemnable action.

The burning of any flag at the same time puts in violent dispute the right of any people to exist in its homeland.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the repugnance of the Greek Jewry for this hideous act along with its belief that such attitudes are condemned by the Greek people as a whole, whether in or out of the sports stadiums.

Athens, December 19, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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GREECE ADOPTS THE DEFINITIONS OF IHRA FOR ANTI-SEMITISM AND HOLOCAUST DENIAL – ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER Print E-mail
Monday, 11 November 2019 08:17
On the eve of the Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht) anniversary, one of the most tragic moments in Jewish history, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Mr. David Saltiel and members of the Board, as well as with the Head of the Greek Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), Dr. Efstathios C.  Lianos Liantis, in order to announce the adoption by Greece of the IHRA Working Definitions on anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial.

The Definition of anti-Semitism has been adopted by many countries members and non-members of the European Union as well by the European Parliament, which has called its member-states to incorporate it into their national legislations, through its relevant directive.  However, with today’s announcement Greece becomes the first country to adopt the Working Definition of Holocaust Denial and Distortion, in an act of great historical importance.

The Prime Minister was briefed on the preparation of the 2021 Greek Chairmanship of the IHRA, an event that will bring the country at the forefront among States that fight anti-Semitism and have a decisive say in the preparation and implementation of legislative and educational initiatives to combat it.

The Greek IHRA Chairmanship, which coincides with the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution, will promote a network of academic, educational and cultural activities focusing on the role of education and social media in preserving Holocaust Remembrance, as well on promoting the two-thousand-year-old history of Greek Jews. The Prime Minister assigned the oversight of this project as well as the coordination and supervision of the integration of the Definitions into domestic legislation and education to the Vice-President of the Government, Mr. Panagiotis Pikrammenos, who participated in today's meeting.
Source: www.primeminister.gr, 8.11.2019

Relevant:
KIS Announcement, 9.11.2019
EJP, 10.11.2019
AJC, 8.11.2019: AJC praises Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis for endorsing international antisemitism definition


 
KIS STATEMENT FOR KRISTALLNACHT AND GREEK PM’s ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ADOPITION OF IHRA’S DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM Print E-mail
Monday, 11 November 2019 07:57
Tonight, November 9, 2019, we remember that sad night of November 9, 1938 when in Adolf Hitler's Germany became the first mass pogrom against Jews.

That night, people didn't hear the crystal sounds. The world was indifferent. It was related only to the Jews!  But the "Kristallnacht" was the beginning of the atrocities of Nazism that caused the industrialized death of 6,000,000 Jews and millions of other victims of racism and intolerance.

Despite the total disaster, the world has not been taught that Anti-Semitism can be launched against the Jews, but it does not stop to the Jews. It threatens the very life and existence of every human being and attempts to enforce inhumanity, violating any humanitarian value.

We therefore welcome the announcement by the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, that Greece adopts the definitions of Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial as voted on by the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) and their integration into legislation and education. Today, on the 81st anniversary of the "Kristallnacht”, Greece sent a powerful message: that our country stands against anti-Semitism, fanaticism and xenophobia.

Athens, November 9, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece


Relevant:

AJC, 8.11.2019: AJC praises Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis for endorsing international antisemitism definition

 
THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF ARTA, GREECE: FABLES, MEMORIES AND THE HOLOCAUST Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:52
by ELIAS MESSINAS

«The Jewish history of Greece dates back to antiquity. Cities like Salonika (Thessaloniki), Veroia and Corinth, were among the cities visited by St. Paul the Apostle, during the first century BCE. St. Paul prayed and preached in their synagogues. Today, most people associate the history of Romaniote Jewry – the Jews that lived in Greece since antiquity, long before the arrival of the Sephardim after the 15th century – with Ioannina, a fortress city in western Greece. But in fact, the Romaniote story most probably started earlier, further to the south, in the city of Arta.

Ancient Arta, called Ambracia, was established in 625 BCE. It is famous for the medieval bridge over the Arachthos River, which was reconstructed by King Pyros I, circa the third century BCE, and completed in its present form in the early 1600s. Arta, a city of fables, has a story for every important site. For example, the legend for the bridge wants the architect who built it having to sacrifice his wife in order to stabilize this magnificent and ambitious stone-built structure with arches, giving it mythical proportions. But it is not the only one.

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