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KIS MESSAGE FOR YOM HAZIKARON & YOM HAATSMAOUT

From grief to joy, from memory to life, from loss to creation. This is the meaning of the sequence of Yom Hazikaron –the memorial day for the soldiers fallen in defense of Israel and the victims of terror- being superseded by Yom Haatsmaout, Israel’s Independence Day. Both anniversaries include in their very core the history of the creation of the modern State of Israel.

Today, the victims, those who heroically fell in the battlefield fighting for the independence of the Jewish home on the land of Israel, as well as for the safety of the citizens of the State of Israel, are commemorated. More than 50% of the soldiers who fought in the war of Independence of 1948 were Holocaust survivors, who had settled in the British Mandate Palestine in the aftermath of WWII seeking hope.

Tomorrow we celebrate Israel’s 73rd birthday. Israel, one of the youngest states in the world, has remarkably succeeded in incorporating ancient history, tradition, multicultural origins, pioneering thinking, technology, innovation and progress. A country that in its brief modern history offered its unreserved support on any occasion of natural disaster in any part of the world. The birth and the evolution of Israel have been rightfully described as “miracles”.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Greek Jewry as a whole wish to the people and the State of Israel peace and prosperity and hope that its citizens will continue achieving modern-day miracles for the benefit of all humanity.

Athens, April  13, 2021

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
GREECE TAKES OVER IHRA PRESIDENCY FROM GERMANY
Today, 1 April, the IHRA Presidency will be handed over from Germany to Greece. This means that the outgoing Chair, Ambassador Michaela Küchler, will take on a supportive role as a member of the Troika, which comprises last year’s, this year’s and next year’s IHRA Chairs. (Watch HERE the remarks of Ambassador Kuchler regarding the German Presidency of IHRA)

Normally, handovers are marked by ceremonies hosted at an embassy in the incoming Presidency’s country. However, this year, in keeping with the digital spirit of the past year and in lieu of an in-person ceremony, the outgoing and incoming Chairs prepared Handover Videos. These provide great insight into the promising plans for the future and the fruitful efforts of the past.

Ambassador Michaela Küchler outlined the challenges and successes of this unprecedented year. “Being able to work together across time zones, from Winnipeg to Berlin to Melbourne, required more than just a working microphone and a stable internet connection,” she said. “It required all of us to want to get something done. And we did.” 

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MESSAGE OF KIS PRESIDENT DAVID SALTIEL FOR THE HANDOVER OF THE IHRA PRESIDENCY TO GREECE

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece is very pleased to welcome the handover of the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) to Greece.

Our country, member of IHRA since 2005, has a long term active role in initiatives for the preservation of the historic memory of the Shoah. The choice of the central theme “Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: Education for a world with no more genocide” for Greece’s Presidency, demonstrates the importance attributed by Greece to Education and we are certain that the year inaugurated today will be filled with programs of core importance aiming at combating racism and anti-Semitism and establishing the respect of human rights in the conscience of the generations that will create the world of the future.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece always was and will continue to be a succor in IHRA’s important task, developing and reinforcing the constructive collaboration with its Head and the Greek Delegation of IHRA.

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NEWSPAPER "MAKELEIO" CONVICTED FOR AN ANTI-SEMITIC ARTICLE TARGETING A JEWISH LEADER Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 November 2020 08:51
"A harsh Jew, manager of a smell-blood company, which assumed the clearance of the non-performing loans of the poor Greeks. The President of the Jewish Community who pretends to be our friend, is stealing our money from the back door". This is what Stefanos Chios wrote, in huge title-letters, in the web site of "Makeleio" newspaper, on the 10th of December 2017, about Minos Moissis.

Minos Moissis, the previous President of the Jewish Community of Athens took legal actions and sued the newspaper, its publisher and its reporter Stefanos Chios. The claim was put on trial on the 28th of March 2019 and on the 8th of October 2020 the sentence of the civil proceeding was published. The penal proceeding has not been heard yet before the judge. 

The Court of Justice of First Instance by its sentence no. 949/2020 accepted the claim and by a very clear legal statement obviously considered that the accused parts tort against Minos Moissis, insulted him and thus offended illegally his personality, mentioning unnecessarily and οn purpose his Jewish origin, in order to accentuate their offense.   

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CULTURAL AND HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION EVENTS IN CORFU MARKED THE GERMAN PRESIDENCY OF IHRA – October 23 to 25, 2020 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 13:18
A series of events that took place on the island of Corfu from October 23 to 25, 2020, marked the current German presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The program of events was organized by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Greece with the cooperation of the Municipality of Corfu, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) and the local Jewish Community.

In order to conform with the pandemic measures and safeguard public health, this year’s rich program –which included lectures, artistic and historical  exhibitions and a concert- was a functional combination of on-line events as well as local ones, with products that will remain on show in Cofru for educational purposes.

The opening ceremony was held on October 23, at the Municipal Theater and included speeches by the Prefect of the Ionial Islands Ms. Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, the Mayor Ms. Meropi Hydreou, the German Ambassador Ernst Reichel, KIS President David Saltiel, and the Honorary President of the Corfu Jewish Community Lino Soussis. All speakers stressed the importance of a globally coordinated cooperation in order to combat racism and antisemitism in all its forms, and raise awareness through educational projects.

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VANDALISM OF THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF RHODES Print E-mail
Monday, 19 October 2020 12:10
Last week, four tombstones of the Jewish Cemetery of Rhodes were vandalized.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent a letter to the Minister of Citizen Protection, Michalis Chrysohoides, and called for the arrest of the perpetrators and the reinforcement of security measures on all Jewish institutions and monuments in Greece.

Athens, October 19, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ATTACKS AGAINST JEWISH SITES – GRAFFITI AT THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT OF THESSALONIKI


 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ATTACKS AGAINST JEWISH SITES – GRAFFITI AT THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT OF THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Monday, 19 October 2020 12:21
A hideous graffiti, that last Friday, October 16, 2020, defaced the Holocaust Monument of Thessaloniki, was added to the chain of desecrations, threats and vandalism that occurred last week in Greece: “Juden raus” graffiti at the Jewish Cemetery of Athens, “Death to Israel” at the Jewish Cemetery of Thessaloniki, four vandalized tombs at the Jewish Cemetery of Rhodes, and this most recent “With Jews you lose” graffiti, spray-painted on the façade of the Monument dedicated to the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki who were exterminated during the Holocaust.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece condemns this new wave of vandal attacks, launched by the followers of bigotry and fanaticism as a statement of their presence in a period when the Greek State, the society and recently the Greek Justice have condemned the neo-Nazi groups as criminal organizations. We are not afraid of them!

Tolerating the vandalism of cemeteries and monuments equals tolerating the vandalism of memory and civilization; it represents the toleration of anti-Semitism. We urge the law enforcement authorities to do their utmost to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to Justice. Let us not tolerate behaviors that aim at imposing obscurantism in our country.

Athens, October 19, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
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I NEVER DOUBTED… ARTICLE BY KIS PRESIDENT DAVID SALTIEL ON GOLDEN DAWN’S CONVICTION Print E-mail
Monday, 26 October 2020 10:19
Published in the Sunday edition of the Greek newspaper TO VIMA, October 11, 2020:

I never doubted… Probably due to the fact that I am not a lawyer or just because of it.

To this day my way of thinking relies upon a combination of history and current data consideration – yet, I never ignore my instinct… And on this occasion there was perfect concordance between critical thinking and instincts that Greek Justice would convict the neo-Nazi party.

Indeed, Justice concluded its mission –an onerous task of high significance- and ruled that Golden Dawn is a criminal organization and that its leadership is not blameless of its member’s activity. This verdict was very rightfully described as a “historic” one and a “landmark decision”. Epic, I would add.

With the representation in Parliament of the neo-Nazi group, our Democracy suffered a strong blow. Eight years later, with the outcome of the trial, Justice showed how strong the foundations of Democracy are in our country because they are built upon the principle of the respect of Human Rights.

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