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NEW VANDAL ATTACK AGAINST TOMB AT THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF IOANNINA

Antisemitism targets even the dead. For the second time in less than a month a tomb was found vandalized at the Jewish cemetery of Ioannina. The  vandals chose the period of the High Holidays of the Jewish faith for the manifestation of their antisemitic hatred with the hideous act of removing the tombstone of a grave. Shame!

The State as well as the local authorities need to take all necessary measures for the safety of the Jewish Community and its sacred sites all over Greece, and particularly in Ioannina, where the Jewish cemetery has been the target of hatred attacks repeatedly in the past. Let the dead rest in peace!

Athens, September 10, 2021

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
MINISTER OF HEALTH THANOS PLEVRIS: I APOLOGIZE TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE
The newly appointed Minister of Health Thanos Plevris, reacted swiftly to the announcement of KIS regarding his past references to Auschwitz, with a statement posted on his social media accounts (Sept. 1st, 2021). The statement reads: My respect towards the victims of the Holocaust of the Jews is absolute and I am contrary to any kind of antisemitism. I have demonstrated it through many public statements, in a manner beyond any doubt. The reservations of KIS about me -due to my statement while acting as defense lawyer of my father, whom I totally disagree with- are understandable.

I never wanted to insult the Jewish people and I apologize if I have done so. I am sure that through my work as Minister of Health I will lift all the reservations of all those who doubt my respect to the victims of the Holocaust of the Jews and they will realize that I have no antisemitic feelings”.

Relevant:
-Facebook & Twitter of Health Minister Thanos Plevris 

-The Greek Reporter, Sept. 1, 2021: Greek Minister Apologizes for Auschwitz Remark

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE APPOINTMENT OF THANOS PLEVRIS AS MINISTER OF HEALTH
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its concern for the appointment of Thanos Plevris as Minister of Health.

In 2009, Mr. Thanos Plevris stated the following, inter alia, before the Greek Court of Justice: «I will refer to issues that have puzzled you. You are concerned about the reference to Auschwitz. The one that says “to keep the camp of Auschwitz in good conditions”. I will examine the most extreme interpretation. That the defendant with this reference means: “Keep the camp of Auschwitz in good conditions because I want, at some point, the national socialist regime to come back, Hitler to come back, take the Jews and put them in Auschwitz”. What kind of instigation is this? What incitement is this? Is it that one is not allowed to believe and want to believe that “I want to exterminate someone”?».

We expect Mr. Thanos Plevris to apologize to the Jewish people for this reference and express his unequivocal condemnation of intolerance, antisemitism and Holocaust denialists, conforming with the declared positions of the Greek Prime Minister. We also hope that the new Minister will address all citizens equally, regardless of skin color, race or religion.

 Athens, September 1st, 2021

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR OUTBURST OF ANTISEMITIC SPEECH Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:21
Last week, a number of incidents involving anti-Semitic rhetoric caused the reaction of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, which issued  an announcement.
The announcement refers to Golden Dawn MP Christos Papas who admitted admiration of Hitler during a parliament session: Following a verbal exchange between MP Papas and SYRIZA MP Tatsopoulos the latter read an excerpt from an article written in the past by Christos Papas in which he praised Hitler and national socialism. In response MP Papas thanked MP Tatsopoulos for “having reminded from this podium the writings of his youth” and added that “the future of the world belongs to nationalism”.
The second incident refers to anti-Semitic statements made by the President of LAOS party George Karatzaferis. In his TV show entitled “All Greece, just a neighbourhood”, broadcasted by ART channel (owned by Karatzaferis, former Tele Asty), Karatzaferis, inter alia, pointed out that there are no poor Greek Jews while all other Greeks suffer from the economic crisis.
There follows our Board’s announcement:
“The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, points out that during the previous week, praisers of Nazism and sworn anti-Semites tried to create an atmosphere of Anti-Semitism and to turn the Greek public opinion against the Jews by launching shameless accusations against them, based on Nazi characterised stereotypes.
When a parliamentary praises Nazism in the Greek Parliament, in the bastion of Democracy, and when a political party’s leader launches unfounded and false accusations against the Jews, then extreme Anti-Semitism spreads its tentacles undisturbed, fomenting the foundations of Democracy itself.
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PROTEST AGAINST TV PROGRAMME Print E-mail
Monday, 15 April 2013 08:33
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent the following letter to Ioannis Alafouzos, president of SKAI media group, regarding the programme presented by journalist G. Tragas with four guest members of parliament from the Golden Dawn party, which was televised by SKAI channel on Sunday 7th April 2013:
 ‘The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece wishes to express its great indignation at the broadcasting, promotion and dissemination of the extremely racist sentiments displayed by Holocaust denialists and proponents of Nazism in Greece through the television programme presented by Mr Tragas on SKAI  television channel.
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70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEPORTATION OF THE THESSALONIKI JEWS - WJC MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY - RESOLUTION BY THE WJC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:19
World Jewish Congress leaders on Sunday March 17, 2013, sent a strong message of solidarity to the Jewish community of Greece as they gathered on Sunday in Thessaloniki to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the roundup and deportation of the Jews from this northern Greek city to the Nazi death camps.
In presence of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Holocaust survivors, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder urged Greece to take decisive action against the growing neo-Nazi movement Golden Dawn which he called “the new Nazis” and “a threat to democracy”. [Watch the VIDEO of R. Lauder's speech HERE].
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P.M. A. SAMARAS SAYS 'NEVER AGAIN' ON COMMEMORATION OF THESSALONIKI DEPORTATIONS Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:11
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras vowed to crack down on neo-Nazi groups in a landmark speech marking the 70th anniversary of the first deportations of Thessaloniki’s Jews to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
Samaras spoke Sunday at a memorial ceremony at the city’s Monastiriotes Synagogue, the first-ever visit by a sitting prime minister to a synagogue in Greece. [Watch the VIDEO of the P.M.'s speech HERE].
The Greek government will enact legislation that will be “completely intolerant to violence and racism,” Samaras said, noting that with neo-Nazi parties on the rise again in Europe, governments have to “be very careful not to let them gain ground as they did in the 1930s.”
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TRIBUTE TO GREEK "RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS" Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 14:32
In a ceremony held at the Cultural Centre of the Jewish Community of Athens on 12th March 2013, the Israeli Embassy and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KISE) paid tribute to three people, Righteous Among The Nations; three exceptional examples of courage, self-sacrifice and humanity. His Excellency Arye Mekel Israeli Ambassador to Greece, and David Saltiel President of the Board of KISE, awarded the medals and conferred the title of Righteous Among The Nations on three more Christian Greek people who saved the lives of persecuted Jewish fellow countrymen during the German occupation. Those pronounced Righteous Among The Nations were: Lella Karagiannis for saving the Solomon Cohen family from Thessaloniki; and Giorgos and Polymnia Theodorakis for saving Beatrice Matalon, also from Thessaloniki.
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