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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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AJC DELEGATION CONCLUDES VISIT TO GREECE Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2013 09:05
January 25, 2013 – Athens – AJC, the global advocacy organization, concluded a two-day visit to Greece on Friday. The ten-person AJC group, chaired by Executive Director David Harris, was joined by Greek-American leader and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce Andrew Manatos. Leaders of Greece's Jewish community, including Central Board President David Saltiel and Athens President Benjamin Albalas, as well as AJC leaders from across the U.S., rounded out the delegation.
AJC was received at the highest levels of the Greek government, beginning with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, with whom the group met for 90 minutes.  In addition, the program included separate meetings with six members of the Cabinet – the ministers of foreign affairs, national defense, public order, justice, education and tourism. The delegation also met with Evangelos Venizelos, president of PASOK, the junior coalition partner in the current government, as well as the ambassadors of the United States and Israel to Greece.
The presence of AJC in Greece raised the ire of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, which decried the visit as an attempt to exert "Jewish influence over Greek political issues."  A statement released by Golden Dawn Thursday evening went on to assail Harris and predict that Greece's political leadership "will once again express its total subjugation to the whims of the ‘chosen’ people."
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EUROPEAN JEWISH CONGRESS CONDEMNS RACIST MURDER IN GREEK CAPITAL Print E-mail
Monday, 04 February 2013 12:17
EJC President Moshe Kantor: “Murderous violence against foreigners and minorities in Greece is the natural result of tolerating racist and anti-Semitic incitement.”
 
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) expresses its profound shock and condemnation at the cold-blooded and racist murder of a Pakistani worker on the streets of Athens on Thursday.
EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor described the attack as “yet another example of a continuing climate of racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric and physical violence which finds its motivation in Parliament and violent expression on the streets.”
Two Greek men have been arrested in connection with the attack which saw a Pakistani worker knifed to death after being dragged off his scooter near the Acropolis in central Athens early Thursday morning.
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MARCH AGAINST RACISM AND NEO-NAZISM IN ATHENS Print E-mail
Friday, 21 December 2012 07:37
On Saturday December 15, 2012, a march against neonazism and racial violence took place in Athens following the campaign and the initiative of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement -EGAM. Protesters symbolically marched from the Parliament, at the Constitution Square, to the Acropolis. Approximately 2.000 people joined the protestation amongst whom representatives of antiracist organizations from many European countries. EGAM’s initiative was endorsed by the political parties of PASOK, DEMAR, DRASIS, and the Greens as well as by the Central Committee of the City Councils of Greece.
Representing the Socialist party of PASOK MEP Sylvana Rapti, MP Kostas Triantafyllos, Communications Secretary Dimitris Karydis (photo), representing the Democratic Left (DEMAR) party MP Maria Repoussi and MP Maria Giannakaki (photo), as well as the Mayor of Athens George Kaminis, and the President of EGAM Mr. Benjamin Abtan, headed the march carrying a huge banner reading “Europe against neonazism”.
EGAM promoted this initiative with the following message, co-signed by distinguished personalities around Europe.
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HUNGARIAN LAW EXPOSES "ABUSIVE" POLITICIANS TO FINES, REMOVAL Print E-mail
Friday, 21 December 2012 10:23
Amid a public outcry over anti-Semitic statements by a Hungarian lawmaker, the country’s parliament has passed an amendment to punish politicians that use “abusive” speech.
The amendment, which was passed Dec. 17, exposes lawmakers and others appearing in parliament to fines and physical removal from the premises if they use “abusive language,” the Hungarian news agency Magyar Távirati Iroda (MTI) reported.
Last month, Jobbik’s foreign policy cabinet head, Marton Gyongyosi, said that the recent Gaza escalation “makes it timely to tally up people of Jewish ancestry who live here, especially in the Hungarian government, who, indeed, pose a national security risk to Hungary.”
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PRIME MINISTER'S STATEMENT on the GREEK REPRESENTATION to the CoE Print E-mail
Friday, 21 December 2012 07:50
Meeting with EGAM

The Press release issued by EGAM:

EGAM congratulates itself of the decision announced by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras during his meeting with Benjamin Abtan, the President of EGAM, today in Athens : New Democracy is in favor of a new composition of the Greek parliamentary delegation to the Council of Europe without the neo-Nazis of Golden Dawn.
 
This position is the same as the one previously announced by the parties Pasok, Democratic Left and Syriza, and it means implies the exclusion of the neo-Nazis from the Council of Europe.
 
For EGAM, it is a huge democratic victory, which brings a necessary and salutary political clarification, which be heard in Greece and in the rest of Europe.
 
Greece is now offering an example to the whole Europe of a country faced with the most violent social situation but whose leaders have decided to put the defense of democracy as a top priority.
 
Last, this decision allows to break the dynamic of the neo-Nazi party “Golden Dawn” in Greece and at the European level, and it reinforces the European antiracist movement which expressed itself with strength in the streets of Athens this Saturday, December 15th, gathering more than 10,000 people for a great antiracist march against neo-Nazism.

Athens, Monday December 17th,  2012


 
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