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NEW VANDAL ATTACK AGAINST TOMB AT THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF IOANNINA

Antisemitism targets even the dead. For the second time in less than a month a tomb was found vandalized at the Jewish cemetery of Ioannina. The  vandals chose the period of the High Holidays of the Jewish faith for the manifestation of their antisemitic hatred with the hideous act of removing the tombstone of a grave. Shame!

The State as well as the local authorities need to take all necessary measures for the safety of the Jewish Community and its sacred sites all over Greece, and particularly in Ioannina, where the Jewish cemetery has been the target of hatred attacks repeatedly in the past. Let the dead rest in peace!

Athens, September 10, 2021

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
MINISTER OF HEALTH THANOS PLEVRIS: I APOLOGIZE TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE
The newly appointed Minister of Health Thanos Plevris, reacted swiftly to the announcement of KIS regarding his past references to Auschwitz, with a statement posted on his social media accounts (Sept. 1st, 2021). The statement reads: My respect towards the victims of the Holocaust of the Jews is absolute and I am contrary to any kind of antisemitism. I have demonstrated it through many public statements, in a manner beyond any doubt. The reservations of KIS about me -due to my statement while acting as defense lawyer of my father, whom I totally disagree with- are understandable.

I never wanted to insult the Jewish people and I apologize if I have done so. I am sure that through my work as Minister of Health I will lift all the reservations of all those who doubt my respect to the victims of the Holocaust of the Jews and they will realize that I have no antisemitic feelings”.

Relevant:
-Facebook & Twitter of Health Minister Thanos Plevris 

-The Greek Reporter, Sept. 1, 2021: Greek Minister Apologizes for Auschwitz Remark

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE APPOINTMENT OF THANOS PLEVRIS AS MINISTER OF HEALTH
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its concern for the appointment of Thanos Plevris as Minister of Health.

In 2009, Mr. Thanos Plevris stated the following, inter alia, before the Greek Court of Justice: «I will refer to issues that have puzzled you. You are concerned about the reference to Auschwitz. The one that says “to keep the camp of Auschwitz in good conditions”. I will examine the most extreme interpretation. That the defendant with this reference means: “Keep the camp of Auschwitz in good conditions because I want, at some point, the national socialist regime to come back, Hitler to come back, take the Jews and put them in Auschwitz”. What kind of instigation is this? What incitement is this? Is it that one is not allowed to believe and want to believe that “I want to exterminate someone”?».

We expect Mr. Thanos Plevris to apologize to the Jewish people for this reference and express his unequivocal condemnation of intolerance, antisemitism and Holocaust denialists, conforming with the declared positions of the Greek Prime Minister. We also hope that the new Minister will address all citizens equally, regardless of skin color, race or religion.

 Athens, September 1st, 2021

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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MIKIS THEODORAKIS RESPONDS TO HOLOCAUST DENIERS Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:08
On 12.6.2013, the newspaper "Ta NEA"  published an open letter, written by the famous composer Mikis Theodorakis, under the title "WE MUST REACT NOW, WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME", condemning Holocaust denial.
In addition, Mikis Theodorakis addressed a letter to the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities David Saltiel in which he expressed his outrage for the unacceptable Holocaust denial statements made by Golden Dawn MPs. 

The article is the following:

"The connective tissue uniting and keeping alive a People is their collective memory, shaped by the great ordeals that threaten our very existence.
The people of my generation who are still alive, especially those who have suffered to the very core of their being the savage storms that test our endurance, are committed to guarding Thermopylae until our last breath. To protect the unwritten Laws which underpin our uniqueness, our solidarity and our need to remain firmly rooted in reality and move ever onward, ever higher.
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GREEK MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT DENY HOLOCAUST – STRONG REACTIONS BY THE GREEK STATE AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY Print E-mail
Friday, 14 June 2013 12:17
Having read excerpts from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in the Greek Parliament last October, Ilias Kasidiaris, Member of Parliament for Golden Dawn has now, in the full session of the House on 6th June 2013, made another act of defiance, this time stating that he is a Holocaust denier.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece wasted no time in making the views of the Greek Jewry known, and on 7th June 2013  the Board sent a letter to President of the Parliament Evangelos Meimarakis and to the parliamentary representatives of all democratic parties (New Democracy, Syriza, Pasok, Independent Greeks-AN.EL., the Democratic Left -DIM.AR. and the Greek Communist –KKE) requesting that the Greek Parliament establish strict legislation against anti-racism and prejudice, and also condemn and isolate Holocaust deniers. As the Central Board pointed out, ‘Denial of the Holocaust constitutes incitement of a repetition of the most heinous of crimes against humanity and makes a mockery of the Greek Parliament’s act of establishing Holocaust Remembrance Day, as well as making a mockery of the Greek people’s struggle to establish democracy.’

That very same day, New Democracy Party’s representative Makis Voridis sent a letter to the Central Board of Jewish Communities  in which he laid particular emphasis on the following points: 
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE REGARDING HOLOCAUST DENIAL IN GREEK PARLIAMENT Print E-mail
Friday, 07 June 2013 13:29
On June 6, 2013, during the Plenary Assembly of the Greek Parliament the Golden Dawn MP and spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris stirred controversy in Parliament after suggesting he is a Holocaust denier.

Following the event the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent the following letter to the speaker of the Greek Parliament Mr. Evangellos Meimarakis, as well as to the Parliamentarian speakers of all democratic parties.
  
“Holocaust denial by a Member of the Greek Parliament offends the Greek Parliament itself, which in 2004 unanimously voted the enactment of the Remembrance Day of the Greek Jews, Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust, just as it has been adopted by all civilized nations that are not willing to forget. 
Holocaust denial by a Member of the Greek Parliament is an insult to the battles of the Greek people against Nazism, an insult to the memory of those who died defending dignity and humanity against the atrocities of the Nazi, an insult to the victims of industrialized gas chambers where 6 million Jews, our brothers, including 70,000 Greek Jews suffered a horrible death. It also constitutes an insult to the memory of those who fought to rescue their Greek Jewish compatriots, led by the Archbishop of Athens Damaskinos, during the period of German occupation.  
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Greek antisemite acquitted on Appeal Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 12:10
 
On March 27, 2009, the Five-membered Appeals Court of Athens, a second higher level court, found Kostas Plevris, the wellknown Greek anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, not guilty of “incitement to racial hatred and violence against the Jews” through his 1.400 page racist book “Jews – The whole truth”.
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8th ACADEMIC CONSULTATION BETWEEEN JUDAISM & ORTHODOXY Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 07:56
“The Spiritual and Physical Environment:
Respecting Our World, Respecting One Another”
 
Coordinated by: The Liaison Office of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Office of Interreligious and Intercultural Affairs and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations
 
At the invitation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, distinguished theologians, scholars, and religious leaders met in Thessaloniki, Greece, on June 6, 2013  to commemorate the solidarity Jewish and Christian Orthodox citizens of Thessaloniki displayed at the time of the Shoah orchestrated by the Nazis in World War II, and to discover what processes are necessary to sustain that level of solidarity in the world today. The list of participants is attached.
After being received by the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Ioannis Boutaris, and high level governmental representatives, the consultation opened with a welcome message from His all-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Other messages were delivered from the Primates of the Orthodox churches and both Israeli and Greek government officials.
 
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