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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ATTACK AGAINST THE GREEK ORTHODOX PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM IN BETHLEHEM

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece unreservedly condemns the attack against the Patriarch of Jerusalem in Bethlehem upon his arrival in the city for the Feast of Epiphany.

We express the abhorrence of Greek Jewry for the violence that has occurred and we feel it’s necessary to stress once that fanaticism, violence and intimidation cannot in any way be accepted or acceptable methods for supporting a position.

Athens, January 9th, 2018
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
SIGNING OF THE PRESIDENTIAL DECREE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM OF GREECE

The President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Mr. David Saltiel, expresses his deep satisfaction with the success of the efforts made by the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, and the friendly and fruitful  cooperation with the President and CEO of Gaiaose SA Mr Athanassios Schizas and the Mayor of Thessaloniki Mr Yannis Boutaris, for the construction of the Holocaust Museum of Greece in the place of the Old Railway Station of Thessaloniki.

The Presidential Decree that has been signed on 29 December 2017 and published in the Official Government Gazette (issue no 293) paves the way for the realization of this important project. The Museum that will be constructed in the city of Thessaloniki, whose 50,000 citizens were exterminated in the Nazi camps, will serve as a continuous reminder of the consequences of the prevalence of racism and intolerance, as a memorial of the Holocaust, as a place of defense and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms of humankind and as a place of peaceful coexistence for all people.

 JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE STATEMENTS OF RABBI MORDECHAI FRIZIS

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece denounces the unacceptable and provocative statements made by Rabbi Mordechai Frizis who lives in Israel and has no relation with the Greek Jewry and the Jewish Communities of Greece. These extreme views, that are inconsistent with the values ​​of the Jewish religion, were one of the reasons why the Rabbi Mordechai Frizis could not remain as Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki .

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece considers that these voices of fanaticism and intolerance undermine the peaceful coexistence between people of different religions.

 Athens January 2nd, 2018

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
ANTISEMITIC POSTER IN THE STREETS OF ATHENS Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:43
An antisemitic poster displaying a Magen David with a swastika interlaced in its center, is placed all over the main boulevards of Athens. The poster advertises the musical show of a provocative Greek singer. The same poster is also placed on the façade of the night club where the performance will be on show.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece addressed letters to the Minister of Justice, as well as to the Secretary General for Religions, of the Ministry of Education, asking for their competent reaction to this repulsive advertisement. As the Greek Jewry stresses in these letters: “The design depicted on the poster fiercely insults our very religion as well as the memory of the six million Jews, victims of the Holocaust”.

In addition to the above, our Board addressed letters to the mayors of the local districts where the posters are placed, asking for their intervention for the removal of the insulting posters. There is already positive reaction on behalf of some municipalities.
 
Athens, February 21, 2013
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE DOCUMENTARY ON GOLDEN DAWN Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 March 2013 14:00
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following Press Release, with regard to a documentary broadcasted by the British TV Channel 4 on the practices of Golden Dawn:

The Greek Jews feel outrage and repudiation for the hideous and repulsive desire expressed by a Nazism seeker, member of the Golden Dawn, to revive the industrialized methods of extermination of people.
Six million Jews, along with millions of other “different” people, were murdered in the crematoria in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, Treblinka and in other Nazi extermination camps during the implementation of the “Final Solution” of the “Jewish problem” by the Nazis.
One more time, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece calls upon the Government and the democratic parties to reinforce legislation and fortify Democracy against all those who threaten it with racist, anti-Semitic, and neonazi behaviors and ideology.
 
Athens, March 7, 2013
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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CONFERENCE FOR ELECTING GREEK JEWRY'S REPRESENTATION BODY POSTPONED Print E-mail
Monday, 04 February 2013 13:26
The 20th Conference of Representatives of the Jewish Communities of Greece, which convened in Athens on February 2, 2013, in order to elect the new Board of Directors of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, the umbrella organization of the Greek Jewry, decided to postpone the Conference.

During the opening of the Conference, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Mr. David Saltiel announced the proposal to postpone the Conference in order to conduct further negotiations aiming at combining the leading forces of the Greek Jewry. The proposal was unanimously voted by the 13 representatives of the Greek Jewish Communities. The Conference will convene in due course of time. The date is to be set by the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece.

Athens, February 4, 2013
 
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE INTERPELLATION SUBMITTED BY A GOLDEN DAWN M.P. Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 February 2013 08:22
Following an interpellation motion submitted to the Greek Parliament by a Golden Dawn M.P. in which he severely criticizes the commemoration events held on the Holocaust Remembrance Day, and condemns the educational initiatives and the teaching of Holocaust history in Greek schools, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued an announcement expressing the concern and the outrage of the Greek Jewry and called upon all political parties to condemn its content.

As the announcement points out: “Now more than ever it is eminent to remind the explanatory report that introduced law 3218, which was unanimously voted by the Greek Parliament in 2004 and established the 27th of January as the national “Remembrance Day for Jewish Greek Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust”.
The report states: “The recognition of the Holocaust Remembrance Day aims at preserving the memory of our Jewish compatriots victims of the Holocaust. It also serves as a continuous reminder of what may happen if bigotry, hatred and indifference become the prevailing characteristics of a society. 
Through the contact with the Holocaust history our intention is to stimulate our thought and activity with regard to major moral issues related to the Holocaust, as well as to our responsibility as citizens of a democratic society”.
 
Athens, February 20, 2013 
 
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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