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THE GREEK JEWRY CONGRATULATES ARIS FC AND MACCABI HAIFA FC
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece congratulates the football clubs of Aris, Thessaloniki, and Maccabi Haifa on the dynamic message against intolerance and antisemitism sent from the “Vikelidis” stadium during the friendly match of December 4, 2022.

The Greek Jewry welcomes the decision of both teams to donate all the proceeds of the match for the erection of the Holocaust Museum of Greece, in Thessaloniki. This is a meaningful action, an initiative in the memory of the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators in the German death camps.

The two teams demonstrated their strong commitment to fostering solidarity and mutual respect in the stadiums, in sports and in society at large. Their example shows the way in the struggle against fanaticism, antisemitism and violence.

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

Athens, December 5, 2022

 
FRIENDLY FOOTBALL GAME between ARIS & MACCABI HAIFA: THE PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM of GREECE IN THESSALONIKI

On Sunday, December 4th, 2022 the football club of Thessaloniki “ARIS” welcomes to "Kleanthis Vikelidis" Stadium (18.30) the Israeli Champion, Maccabi Haifa F.C., in a charity international friendly football game.

It will not, however, be an... ordinary football game. It is a very good opportunity, ARIS F.C. to remind and keep unquenchable in the thoughts of all of us, issues greater than football that concern everybody.

The game against Maccabi Haifa F.C. has a significant symbolism, perhaps more relevant than ever.

We hope that this Greek-Israeli football game will be able to raise awareness of and educate younger generations about the Holocaust Remembrance and the fight against antisemitism, racism, discrimination, and social exclusions.

All the proceeds from the football game will be donated to support the completion of the new Holocaust Museum of Greece, in Thessaloniki.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE TERROR ATTACK IN JERUSALEM

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the Greek Jewry’s deep sorrow for the fact that once more innocent people become the victims of a blind and ruthless terror attack, this time in Jerusalem.

We share the pain of the family than mourns the loss of a 16-year old young boy and we wish to the dozens of wounded a speedy recovery.

We stand by the Israeli citizens who deal with the threat of terror attacks in their everyday life and we he hope that prudence will prevail, and a solution will be reached that will ultimately put an end to the bloodshed of the innocent.

Athens, November 24, 2022

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE ISRAELI PRESIDENT HERZOG IN ATHENS. MEETINGS WITH GREEK POLITICAL LEADERS AND THE GREEK JEWISH LEADERSHIP Print E-mail
Friday, 25 February 2022 12:05

The leadership of the Greek Jewish Community and representatives of the Greek Jewish Youth had the opportunity to meet the President of the State of Israel Isaac Herzog at a special event held on the side of his official visit to Greece, on February 24, 2022.

The Israeli President, accompanied by the Israeli ambassador to Greece Mr. Yossi Amrani, was welcomed by KIS President David Saltiel, who briefed him on the key issues and the ongoing projects of the Greek Jewish Community. The Israeli President Herzog in his address referred to the thriving relations between Greece and Israel and the important role of the Jews of Greece as a determining link of this relation. There followed an open discussion focused on international, Israeli and Greek Jewish issues.

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STATEMENT OF THE GREEK MINISTER OF HEALTH THANOS PLEVRIS FOR JEWS, HOLOCAUST AND ANTISEMITISM Print E-mail
Monday, 14 February 2022 10:38
The Greek Minister of Health Thanos Plevris, in an interview on the sanitary measures for the covid pandemic, which was published in the newspaper “Eleftheros Typos” (Synday’s edition of February 13th, 2022), responded also to the following question regarding his position on Holocaust denial, antisemitism and the Jewish community. Thanos Plevris had apologized for his statements of 2009 while acting as a defense lawyer of his father, the known Holocaust denier Kostas Plevris, during the latter’s trial for the antisemitic book “Jews – The whole truth”. This apology came in response to KIS’s announcement for the appointment of Thanos Plevris as  Minister, in September 2021.

[…] Finally, a personal question. Despite the fact that as a minister you have undertaken certain social initiatives, you have been accused of being an anti-Semite and a supporter of holocaust deniers, since you strongly supported your father's book. What do you have to say on this?

I know that many people believe that the answers I give on this issue are not sincere and are done with ulterior motives, linking me to the positions expressed by my father. I want to be clear in my answer. Indeed, I grew up in an environment with a strong anti-Semitic influence and participated in a party that had also expressed anti-Jewish positions, without reacting. Indeed, a few years ago, in defending my father as his advocate, I strongly opposed the Jewish leadership of the country and expressed views that offend not only the Jews, but also the quality of our Democracy. I was wrong. This acceptance is not a political position, it is a position of restoration of what is righteous.

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THE HELLENIC PARLIAMENT ILLUMINATED FOR THE WE REMEMBER CAMPAIGN ON HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2022 Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 January 2022 19:38

 On the 27th of January 2022, the Hellenic Parliament participated in the international campaign #WeRemember of the WJC, by displaying on the facade of the Parliament’s building a message for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In this symbolic way, the Hellenic Parliament stated its clear stance against anti-Semitism, as well as its commitment to preserve the Memory of the Holocaust victims, as a universal message against intolerance and antisemitism. In 2004 the Hellenic Parliament legislated, with a unanimous vote, the «National Remembrance Day for the Greek Jews Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust».

The illumination of the building was made possible thanks to the decision taken by the President of the Parliament, Mr. Konstantinos Tasoulas, and the coordinated actions of his office and the technical department of the Parliament. 

The graphic design that was projected on the Parliament -apart from the We Remember logo- was illustrated with characteristic symbols of the Holocaust, such as the barbed wire, a hand tattooed with the inmate’s camp number, and the Star of David with which 6.000.000 Jews –amongst whom 67.000 Greek Jews- were singled out, marked, deported, tortured by the Nazis and their collaborators, and ultimately were brutally murdered in the German concentration and extermination camps.

 
HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2022: GREECE REMEMBERS… EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES Print E-mail
Monday, 31 January 2022 14:38
The entire Greek State, Greek Jewry and society paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust on January 27, 2022, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, stating their determination to combat anti-Semitism and any form of racism, as well as their commitment to the preservation of Memory.

Messages were posted by the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Education, political parties, as well as mayors throughout Greece. Messages were also issued by the Greek Presidency of IHRA, the Embassy of Israel to Greece and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece.
The Hellenic Parliament and the City Hall of Athens were illuminated on January 26th and 27th 2022 participating in the international We Remember remembrance campaign, conveying an important message of information and awareness of society. In addition
, the Hellenic Parliament observed a minute of silence as a tribute to the memory of the Holocaust victims. Speeches on the significance of the day were delivered the Parliament’s Vice President Nikitas Kaklamanis and representatives of the political parties.

The Greek Ministry of Education, with a circular letter to all schools of Greece, suggested a 2hour program dedicated to educational activities on the theme of the Holocaust to be conducted January 27. The Jewish Museum of Greece distributed educational material to schools and educators around Greece and promoted digital exhibitions and international initiatives related to the preservation of Holocaust memory.

Although EU Vice-President Margaritis Schinas participated in many online European actions, he chose to send his message from Greece and participated by physically attending the event of the Jewish Community of Athens on January 27, 2022, and was the keynote speaker at the event in Thessaloniki on January 30, 2022.

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MESSAGE BY THE GREEK PM MITSOTAKIS FOR THE HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2022 Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 January 2022 19:28

The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis posted on his facebook account the following message for the Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022:

“We do not forget our compatriots and all the Jews who perished in Auschwitz and the camps of horror.
Let the International Holocaust Remembrance Day be a beacon on the way of our everyday action against racism and antisemitism”.

 
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