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ANTI-SEMITISM SHOULD CONCERN US ALL by LEON SALTIEL

Politico, June 20, 2022

As Sweden prepares to host this week’s meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), I find myself grappling daily with how anti-Semitism still thrives, some eight decades after the end of World War II.  

I routinely think about this ongoing enigma as part of my work but also in a more personal context, as the grandchild of Holocaust survivors.  

What may not be immediately obvious is that contemporary anti-Semitism should be a grave concern not only to Jews, whom it most immediately and directly impacts, but to those outside the Jewish community as well.  

While it denotes hatred of the Jewish people, anti-Semitism actually threatens all societies and is an indicator of wider problems. As the world’s “oldest hatred,” it exposes the failings in each society, and though Jews are often the first group to be scapegoated, unfortunately, they are not the last. History has shown us, time and again, that hateful discourse initially targeting Jews soon broadens to other members of society.

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KIS MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCES TO THE AMBASSADOR OF ISRAEL IN GREECE FOR THE TERROR ATTACK IN ELAD

Following the deadly terror attack that took place in the city of Elad in central Israel, on 5.5.2022, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent the following message of condolences to the Ambassador of Israel to Greece, Mr. Yossi Amrani.

“We are shocked and devastated by the news about the recent terror attack in Elad which caused the death of three Israeli citizens, during Israel’s Independence Day.

In deep sorrow the Greek Jewry joins the mourning for the loss of innocent lives. We also express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims. 

Once again, we support the struggle of the State of Israel against terrorism that threatens the well-being of its people and we join our voice with the appeals to fight hatred and fanaticism, stressing that the hecatombs of the victims of terrorism undermine efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East”.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE TERROR ATTACK IN TEL AVIV

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its repugnance, its grief and concern for yesterday’s terror attack with at least two dead and more than 10 wounded, in a crowded street in the center of Tel Aviv. It was the fourth terror attack in the last two weeks.

The Greek Jewry, in deep sorrow, joins the mourning for the dead, wishes speedy recovery to the wounded and stands by the Israeli society during the escalation of the deadly attacks of the Islamic extremism.

We support the struggle of the State of Israel against terrorism that threatens the well-being of its people. Our voice joins the appeals to fight hatred and fanaticism, stressing once more that the hecatombs of the victims of terrorism undermine efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East.

Athens, April 8, 2022

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE FOR THE TERROR ATTACK IN JERUSALEM Print E-mail
Monday, 22 November 2021 11:00

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece unequivocally condemns the new terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City which caused the death of two Israelis and the injury of other two. Every terror attack against innocent citizens of Israel moves away the hope of peace and threatens every attempt of harmonious co-existance between Israelis and Palestinians in the region.  

We express our sorrow and we convey our condolences to the families of the victims and the people of Israel.  

Athens, November 22nd, 2021

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
INAUGURATION OF THE "DIVIDED MEMORIES 1940-1950. BETWEEN HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE" DIGITAL EXHIBITION IN COLOGNE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 November 2021 10:21

On Monday, November 15, 2021, the opening of the "Divided Memories 1940-1950. Between History and Experience" digital exhibition took place, which had originally been presented at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki between December 2016 and April 2017. The contributors of the exhibition are the Goethe-Institute of Thessaloniki, the MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art, the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki and the Documentation Centre for National Socialism of the City of Cologne.

During the inauguration of the digital version of the exhibition, Dr. Annemone Christians-Bernsee, the executive director of the Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne, greeted the guests, followed by greetings by the Mayors of Cologne Henriette Reker and of Thessaloniki, Konstantinos Zervas, the director of the Goethe Institute of Thessaloniki, Beate Köhler, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece & President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki David Saltiel and the Chairman of the BoD of the Metropolitan Organization of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki (MOMus), Andreas Takis.

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VISIT OF THE E.C. VICE PRESIDENT, MARGARITIS SCHINAS, TO THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE AND THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF GREECE - MEETING WITH THE LEADERS OF THE GREEK JEWRY Print E-mail
Friday, 05 November 2021 09:16

On November 3rd 2021, the Vice-President of the European Commission for the Promotion of the European Way of Life Mr. Margaritis Schinas had a meeting with members of the Presidium of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) at the offices of the Organization. Mr. Schinas was accompanied by the head of the E.C. delegation to Greece, Mrs. Niovi Rigou, and his assistant on policy issues, Mr. Elias Iordanidis. Starting his introductory remarks, Mr. Schinas emphasized the clear commitment of the European institutions, the Commission and himself personally, to the fight against anti-Semitism. The members of KIS Presidium, the President David Saltiel, the Vice-President Manos Alchanatis, the General Secretary Victor Eliezer and the General Treasurer Daniel Benardout, updated the E.C. Vice-President on crucial issues concerning the Greek Jewry.

The discussion focused mainly on anti-Semitism and on the security of sacred sites of Jewish interest in Europe in general, but also in Greece in particular, as well as on the programs launched by the E.U. - especially after the recent announcement of the E.U. Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life (2021-2030). It was pointed out that synagogues and Jewish cemeteries are often targets of anti-Semitic violence and Mr. Schinas reassured KIS that both he and the European Commission are determined to protect Jewish life in Europe.

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PARTICIPATION OF MUNICIPALITIES & JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF GREECE IN THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE COMMEMORATION OF THE “NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS" 2021 Print E-mail
Friday, 12 November 2021 11:22
   
   
 
   

This year marks 83 years since the "Night of Broken Glass", a series of pogroms against the Jewish population launched by the Nazis on November 9th, 1938 in Germany and its annexed territories. On the occasion of this commemoration, the International March of the Living organized, for the second consecutive year, the #LetThereBeLight campaign which spreads a universal message against racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance.

The campaign included a central online event with testimonials from survivors, celebrities and music (see video HERE) as well as an open streaming platform on which thousands of people from around the world posted their personal messages. On the night of November 9, 2021, these messages were displayed on the walls of the old city of Jerusalem, creating a venerating and imposing atmosphere.

At the same time, prayer houses, Synagogues and public buildings around the world were illuminated and displayed their own promise that light would prevail, on their walls in a spectacular way. Greece’s dynamic presence to this year's campaign manifested itself in dozens of messages posted on the platform.

The message of the General Secretary of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), Mr. Victor Isaak Eliezer emphasizes that "Anti-Semitism must not be tolerated. Let the light of knowledge educate the next generations. Let the light of human rights guide our society. Our determination never to forget the tragic consequences of the Holocaust will be the light that will prevail over the darkness brought about by racism and bigotry" and of the EMOTL President, Mr. Benjamin Albalas, stating: “The “Night of Broken Glass” constitutes the beginning of the great destruction of Greek Jewry. States, governments and the whole world must understand that early symptoms always indicate a dangerous disease. The “Night of Broken Glass” was the early and serious symptoms of the Nazis’ mad ideology that led to the death of six million European Jews".

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON COURT JUDGEMENT ON KOSHER SLAUGHTER Print E-mail
Friday, 29 October 2021 14:40
The Greek Jewry is highly concerned about the Judgement of the Hellenic Council of the State no 1751/2021, which annuls the Joint Ministerial Decision of 2017.

This Judgement -which literally forbids Kosher religious slaughter- is a strike against the right of the Greek Jews to freely practice their religion and observe the traditions of Jewish faith. Keeping kosher diet is an integral part of the Judaic law, it is being observed throughout centuries, and its banning would constitute a heavy blow to the Jewish way of life.

We hope that the Greek State’s competent authorities will regulate the issue of animal slaughter with a just and viable solution that will safeguard the continuation of the observance of the religious duties of the Greek Jews, as well as of the thousands of Jewish visitors in Greece.

Athens October 29, 2021
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
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