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WJC DENOUNCES VANDALISM OF GREECE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL, FOR FOURTH TIME THIS YEAR Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 13:31
WJC, NEW YORK 17.12.2018: The World Jewish Congress stands with our affiliated community, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, in strongly condemning the desecration of the Holocaust Monument in Thessaloniki over the weekend, for the fourth time this year.

“The World Jewish Congress unequivocally condemns the shameful and repeated desecration of the Holocaust monument in Thessaloniki,” said WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer. “It is alarming and disgraceful that a monument honoring the memory of Jews who perished in the Holocaust should become a routine target for those espousing vile expressions of hatred and antisemitism.”

“We are extremely concerned by the steady rise of antisemitic vandalism facing the Jewish community in Greece and elsewhere in Europe. This desecration, as well as the vandalization of cemeteries in Poland and in France in the past week alone, should ring alarm bells for anyone who believes that these incidents are isolated and passing.

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE VANDALISM OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT IN KASTORIA – THE IMMEDIATE REACTION OF THE LOCAL SOCIETY Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 December 2018 14:29

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the dismay of the Greek Jewry for the vandal attack against the Holocaust Monument of Kastoria, erected to remind of the 1.000 Jews of the city deported and exterminated in Auschwitz by the Nazis. Using back spray-paint to deface the inscription on the Monument, the fanatic preachers of hatred aimed both at erasing the memory of the once flourishing Jewish community and at destroying the symbolisms that the Monuments transmits.

They got the best response through the reaction of the local society, with the official condemnation of the Mayor of Kastoria as well as the prompt reaction of the motivated citizens who cleaned the monument. The law enforcement authorities have to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to Justice.

Thirteen cases of vandalism against Jewish targets were registered within 2018. The outburst of intolerance, the vandal attacks against monuments and sacred sites, intensify the need to realize that antisemitism is only the beginning of the decadence of a society that in order to be protected by the followers of obscurantism has the obligation to transmit knowledge and memory so as to prevent new crimes against humanity.

Athens, December 27, 2018

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
WHEN HATRED OUTWEIGHS RESOLVE Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2014 07:39

By  Victor Isaak Eliezer*

In the merciless war that Hamas is waging to obliterate Israel, two aims have been achieved.

The first is that it has repelled every possibility of a solution that foresees two countries for the two peoples. No Israeli government, left or right wing, would agree to the creation of a Palestinian state with Hamas at the helm of developments, the reason being that although missiles launched from Gaza pose a threat to the safety of Israeli citizens in southern and central Israel, missiles launched by Palestinians from the cities of Ramallah and Jericho could lead to the country disintegrating amidst violence and would make its citizens hostages without hope of release.

Yet the worst crime that Hamas has committed is against the Palestinian people themselves. It seems that hatred of Israel outweighs every resolve to build an independent Palestinian state next to it.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE VANDAL ATTACK AGAINST THE JEWISH MONUMENT IN THE CAMPUS OF THE ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY IN THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 January 2019 16:14
On January 27, humanity commemorates the Holocaust of the 6 million Jews who were exterminated in the German concentration camps by the Nazis and their collaborators.

On January 25, 2019, the descendants of the collaborators of the Nazis smashed and destroyed the Jewish Monument in the campus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the Observatory Park, in Thessaloniki. They have no moral scruples. They respect neither the living nor the dead.

The University was built upon the shattered tombs and the scattered bones of our forefathers of Thessaloniki, while the Jews of Thessaloniki where confined into ghettos pending deportation. It took 72 years for the city to assume responsibility and pay tribute to the memory of the Jewish necropolis with the erection of this monument in 2014. Today, the memory of the Jews of Thessaloniki, along with the history and the culture of the city, are struck once more by the preachers of hatred.

The Nazis began by burning our books at first, then our Synagogues and our Monuments, then our homes and stores and then… then –with the collaboration of their allies- they burnt our relatives, our friends, our neighbors, they even burnt our dead.

Until when? Until when will the authorities remain bystanders of the vandalisms of memory and civilization? Until when should society tolerate the supporters of Nazism operating freely among us, hurting our human dignity?

Thus, we demand their arrest so that they can be brought to Justice, so that they do not continue their catastrophic work, so that we do not mourn human victims in the name of bigotry and antisemitism.

Sadly, we have to repeat that there remain no other words to describe the sorrow of the Greek Jews: Shame – Shame – Shame.

Excerpt from the inscription on the Monument:

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WJC PRESIDENT LAUDER CONGRATULATES MACRON ON 'TREMENDOUS VICTORY' Print E-mail
Monday, 08 May 2017 11:04

PRESS RELEASE WJC, 8.5.2017: World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder and the president of the French Jewish umbrella organization CRIF, Francis Kalifat, congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his election as French president.

Lauder expressed confidence that the new French leader will continue to have close and positive ties with the French Jewish community and fight all forms of anti-Semitism, whether from the extreme left or the extreme right.

“On behalf of the World Jewish Congress, I congratulate Mr. Macron on his tremendous victory and know that he will work to support the State of Israel against its enemies in the international arena, in all its constructs, be it from the extreme left or the extreme right.

"I am looking forward to sitting down with Mr. Macron to continue the positive and constructive relationship we have had with his predecessors. 

"France has been a true friend of the Jewish people in recent years, and I know this will continue under the new president.

"Mazal Tov, Monsieur Macron, I am looking forward to our future friendship," said Lauder.

SOURCE: WJC

 
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