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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

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE DESECRETION OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT IN ARTA Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:20

Only a few days after the remembrance events organized by the municipality of Arta for the deportation and extermination of the city's Jews in the Nazi concentration camps, the Holocaust Monument in Arta was vandalized. It is obvious that there are still people disturbed by their Jewish fellow citizens even if the latter are dead. They cannot tolerate even their memory!

We are confident that both the municipality of Arta and the vast majority of its citizens will not allow the desecration of memory by a few nostalgic obscurantists who vulgarly aim at staining the image of the city. We are also confident that soon the monument will stand again to fulfil its purpose: remind the visitors of the atrocity that led to the annihilation of the Jews of Arta simply because they were Jews and awaken the society that such an absolute evil can happen again unless we strongly preserve our democratic and humanitarian principles.

Athens, 29th March 2017

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE MEETING OF THE THESSALONIKI METROPOLITAN ANTHIMOS WITH THE LEADER OF THE GOLDEN DAWN Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:58

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the deep grief of Greek Jewry for the meeting held between the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Anthimos and the indicted leader of a party that did not hesitate to perform the gesture of Nazi salute and deny the Holocaust of six million Jews who perished in Nazi concentration camps, including the 46.000 Jews of Thessaloniki. Such meetings are disrespectful towards their memory and legitimize the exponents of hatred and intolerance in Greece and in no way contribute to the harmonious coexistence of people regardless of their color, race or religion.

We are confident that the Thessaloniki Metropolitan does not reflect the official opinion of either the Church of Greece, whose members as the late Archbishop Damaskinos opposed the persecution of the Greek Jews by German troops, nor the majority of our fellow citizens of Thessaloniki.

Athens, 28th March 2017
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
AMENDMENT VOTED ON THE REINSTATEMENT OF GREEK CITIZENSHIP TO DESCENDANTS OF GREEK DIASPORA JEWS – ANNOUNCEMENT OF KIS Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 11:14

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the vote by the Greek Parliament of an amendment which permits to the descendants of deceased Greek Jewish citizens to have the right to obtain a Greek citizenship.

The amendment corrects a legal vacuum of the earlier relevant law of 2011, which gave the right to obtain Greek citizenship to the Greek Jews of the Diaspora, but only if they were alive themselves. With the specific amendment, it is now possible for the descendants of the deceased Greek Jews to reestablish ties with their country of origin, where their fathers or grandfathers had lived until the War and the Holocaust, or after that. 

At the beginning, we were surprised by the position of the leading opposition party in the Greek parliament, “Nea Demokratia”, not to vote “yes” but to vote “present” during the procedure, since we know that the party of “Nea Demokratia” has already expressed positive views about the specific matter and its leader has a generally positive attitude in matters which concern the Jews both in Greece and abroad.

The party of “Nea Demokratia” issued finally a Press Announcement on 18.3.2017, which explains that the “present” vote was registered by mistake and that the spokesman of the party in the Greek Parliament, Mr. Kefaloyiannis, had spoken in favor of the particular amendment during the discussion, citing his exact words in the minutes of the Parliamentary session.

In this context, we can conclude that the amendment in favor of granting the Greek citizenship to the descendants of the deceased Greek Jews who live abroad was voted by the vast majority of the Greek Parliament and we express our satisfaction for that.

Athens, March 20, 2017

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE TERROR ATTACK IN LONDON Print E-mail
Friday, 24 March 2017 08:50

Terror has returned to London on Wednesday March 22, 2017, this time with a new blind terrorist attack near the Houses of Parliament and the Westminster Bridge. The attack resulted in the death of five people –among whom the perpetrator as well as an unarmed policeman who was stabbed by the attacker in his effort to stop him for entering the Parliament- and the injury of forty passers-by, among whom two Greeks.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its repudiation for this cold-blooded attack and firmly condemns terrorism. This new strike is added to the long list of blind, bloody attacks that frustrate Europe and explicitly indicate that Europe -in unity and unanimity- needs to react now –not tomorrow- in order to deal with terrorism.

We must fight with all our forces and policies against the ideology that motivates such attacks. 

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece stands in solidarity with the British Government and conveys the most sincere condolences of the Greek Jewry to the families of the victims.

 Athens, 23rd March 2017

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 

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MP GEORGIADIS’ APOLOGY TO THE GREEK JEWISH COMMUNITY Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 12:14

The vice president of the main Opposition “New Democracy” party, MP Adonis Georgiadis posted on his facebook account on Jan. 27, 2017, (on the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day), an apology statement in which he unequivocally renounced his anti-Semitic behavior and statements adopted in the past, and apologized to the Greek Jewish Community.

Adonis Georgiadis’ facebook post (Jan. 27, 2017) reads:

“On the occasion of the Day of Remembrance for Holocaust victims, I wish to clarify my clear views on anti-Semitism, which is a key threat to the Jewish people and a blow to the values ​​of our democracy and of Western civilization. In the past I had coexisted with and tolerated the opinions of people who showed disrespect to my Jewish compatriots and for this reason I feel the need to apologize to the Jewish community. Even more I regret that I supported and promoted the offensive to Jews book of Kostas Plevris.

But in recent years I have learned a lot about the Jewish people, its history and the contribution of Greek Jews to our country and I have tried a lot and I am continuing to try to tell our fellow citizens about their contribution. I firmly believe that anti-Semitism does not and should not have a place in our democracy and in our culture. The Holocaust of the Jewish people is the greatest shame of our contemporary civilization and through their sacrifice democracy, anti-racism, and the belief in the equality and freedom of peoples was strengthened”.

 

 
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