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THE SPECIAL ENVOY ON COMBATTING ANTI-SEMITISM TO THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH
A meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew had the Special Envoy on Combatting Anti-Semitism, Dr. Efstathios Lianos Liantis, in view of the visit of the Primate of Orthodoxy to the Auschwitz concentration camp, in order to lead the March of the Living, on May 2nd, 2019.

The Ecumenical Patriarch blessed the mission of removing every anti-Semitic stereotype and highlighted the need for co-operation between the actors of Christianity and Judaism, which the Ecumenical Throne has been realizing throughout its ministry through interreligious dialogue and many other initiatives of joint action. 

He also stressed that he was willing to take coordinating action in the Christian world in order to eliminate the social pathogenesis of anti-Semitism and to preserve the commitment to fight any negative prejudice and persecution in the name of religion. 
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“Never Again’ March in Thessaloniki marked anniversary of first deportation to Auschwitz

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL, March 18, 2019, by Vassilis Kyriakoulis: Two thousand people held a silent march in Thessaloniki, marking the anniversary of the departure in 1943 of the first train taking members of its Jewish community to Auschwitz. Participants held white balloons bearing the message “Never Again.” They gathered at the city’s old railway station where that train pulled out on March 15, 1943. Among those present for the 76th anniversary commemoration was Jurgen Haus, grandson of a German soldier, who expressed his “deep regret” for the actions of his Nazi forebears. “I am here to break the silence… I love Israel, I cannot remain silent in the face of antisemitism,” he said in a speech. 

Holocaust survivors Heinz Kounio and Achileas Koukovinos were honoured during the commemorations. Thessaloniki had a population of more than 50,000 Jews before World War II, some 46,000 of whom were deported and killed in German Nazi death camps. 

Before the deportations started, the community in the city, which was composed mainly of Sephardic Jews chased out of Spain in 1492, had developed to the point where it earned the nickname the “Jerusalem of the Balkans.”

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE DEADLY ATTACKS AGAINST MOSQUES IN NEW ZEALAND

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses Greek Jewry’s deep concern and dismay for the deadly terrorist attacks with multiple casualties on two mosques in the city of Christchurch, in New Zealand. We strongly and unequivocally condemn this blatant act of cruel violence and we extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims.  

This time the innocent victims of terror were Muslim worshipers at the time of prayer. The escalation of the attacks and widespread fanaticism bring the international community in front of its responsibilities and prove that hatred has no limits, it comes from everywhere and affects everyone.     

The danger from the dissemination of extremist theories regarding racial supremacy is today greater than ever in the post-World War II era. Knowledge and education, focusing on the respect of human rights and the tolerance for diversity, must be the first priority goal for State and social institutions, as well as for religious communities in order to prevent mourning new victims as those of Christchurch and Pittsburgh.        

Athens, March 18, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
CYPRUS, GREECE, ISRAEL ALLIANCE SERVES US INTERESTS Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 April 2019 08:42
by endy Zemenides  & David Harris, 28.3.2019

Long ago, the Mediterranean was known as the Middle Sea, because for centuries it provided the principal means of communication between empires and civilizations. Today’s Mediterranean is reclaiming much of that historic legacy.

The limitless potential of the region was on full display during the sixth trilateral summit between Cyprus, Greece and Israel that took place in Jerusalem last week. The gathering was especially noteworthy because the United States, represented by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, also participated for the first time.

American strategic interests face challenges around the Eastern Mediterranean basin. The Shia-Sunni divide that has helped put the Middle East in even deeper turmoil is playing out on its shores, with the involvement of both state and non-state actors.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ANTISEMITIC STATEMENT BY EX BASKETBALL COACH ALEXANDRIS FOR THE ISRAELI COACH DAVID BLATT Print E-mail
Monday, 18 March 2019 12:55

The reference of the renowned ex basketball player and coach Vangelis Alexandris to David Blatt, the Israeli coach of the 'Olympiacos' basketball team, with regard to the latter’s "Jewish blood" as a factor indicating that "he is lying" (!), primarily insults the Greek sports and the sports spirit which aims at uniting and not dividing peoples.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the outrage of the Greek Jewry given that this statement includes all the ignoble antisemitic stereotypes that perpetrate hatred against the Jews. We hope that the reaction of the people of the sports will unequivocally condemn such statements and that Mr. Alexandris will acknowledge his fault and will apologize.
 
In a period that international sports associations launch campaigns against racism and antisemitism, such references, that instigate and escalate fanaticism and hatred in the sports stadiums, should not be tolerated in Greece.
 
Athens, March 18, 2019
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE WORKING DEFINTION OF ANTISEMITISM BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:24
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the announcement of the Minister of Education Kostas Gavroglou for the adoption of the working definition of anti-Semitism by the General Secretariat for Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Education.

The Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, during his speech at the ceremony for the presentation of the Yad Vashem awards which was held on 11.2.2019 in Athens, announced that in the context of covering the needs for planning and implementing actions and initiatives on combating anti-Semitism, the General Secretariat for Religious Affairs has adopted the working definition of anti-Semitism as it was set out at the Plenary meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) on May 26, 2016 with the active participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic.

It is to be recalled that by Resolution B8-0383/2017 on combating anti-Semitism (2017/2692 (RSP)), the European Parliament, inter alia, “[…] calls on the Member States and the Union institutions and agencies to adopt and apply the working definition of anti-Semitism employed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)”.

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HISTORY OF GREECE’S JEWISH COMMUNITY BEFORE THE HOLOCAUST PRESENTED IN D.C. Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 April 2019 08:01
by   Tasos Kokkinidis 

Over one hundred people of Greek-American and/or Sephardic Jewish descent gathered together earlier in March to celebrate their rich, shared history at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).

The event, titled “The Jewish Community of Greece before the Holocaust: A Multimedia Presentation”, was a collaborative effort by the Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) with support from Sephardic Heritage International D.C.

The presentation enabled the audience to learn about what has been added into USHMM’s collection regarding the Jewish community of Greece prior to and during World War II, and after the Holocaust.

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CEREMONY TO BESTOW THE TITLE OF “RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS” AND ADOPTION OF THE WORKING DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:37

The Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Konstantinos Gavroglu and the Secretary General for Religious Affairs, George Kalantzis, participated in the ceremony bestowing the title of “Righteous Among the Nations” on the family of Constantine Giannitsis who rescued the family of Asher Moissis during the Occupation in Greece. The event was organized by the students of the Athens College and took place at its premises.

The Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs highlighted the fact that the Ministry of Education in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel has changed the approach on such events by giving to secondary school students the responsibility to organize them. The Music School of Alimos organized such an event for the first time and then the 2nd Middle School of Elefsina followed by the 1st High School of Chania. In that way, events about true stories of special people who have risked their own lives and those of their families in order to rescue our fellow citizens of Jewish faith during the dark period of the Occupation have become part of the education process teaching sublime values of our civilization. As Minister Gavroglu pointed out, “there is a need to strengthen acts and ideas safeguarding democracy against the poison of fascism and of racism which have appeared again throughout Europe”.

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