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THE GREEK JEWRY WELCOMES THE SIGNING OF THE EAST MED AGREEMENT
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the landmark intergovernmental agreement among Greece, Cyprus and Israel for the East Med natural gas pipeline, an agreement of historic importance which was signed in Athens on January 2nd, 2020.                         

We repeat our belief that East Med pipeline will even further stabilize and develop the productive cooperation among Greece, Cyprus and Israel, it will boost the prosperity and progress of the people in the region, while it will also work as a bridge of peace between the Middle East and Europe.

 Athens, January 3rd, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE VANDALISM OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT IN TRIKALA
Unfortunately, once more we express our sorrow, outrage and concern over the new vandal attack against a Jewish site in Trikala, the second within two days. Following the desecration of the Synagogue, the Holocaust Monument was vandalized, with part of the surrounding fence been severely damaged and the ornamenting Magen David been detached. It is to be noted that in February and March 2019 the Monument had been three times vandalized with antisemitic graffiti.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece reacted swiftly and addressed letters to the Minister of Citizen Protection, the Mayor of Trikala and the Chief of the Police department in Trikala asking for the arrest of the perpetrators and their prosecution, the adoption of effective security measures for the protection of all Jewish sites -thus the Synagogue, the Holocaust Monument and the Jewish cemetery- so that such actions -that damage the image of the city both in Greece and abroad- are prevented from happening again in the future.

We hope that the city of Trikala, the Municipality, the Church and the civil society will safeguard the city’s history and heritage against the followers of intolerance and antisemitism.

Athens, January 3rd, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI AT THE SYNAGOGUE OF TRIKALA
During these solemn holy days that the light of love is spread all over the world, some still promote hatred against the Jews!

The hideous antisemitic graffiti with which the newly restored historic Synagogue of Trikala was desecrated, causes but deep sorrow and repugnance. It reminds us that the snake’s egg is still incubating within our society and that the struggle against antisemitism needs to be continuous and the vigilance relentless.

We condemn this vile act and call upon the competent authorities to take all necessary measures for the arrest and punishment of the perpetrators, as well as for the protection of the Jewish sites in Trikala, a city that has proved to show zero tolerance to bigotry and racism.

Athens December 31, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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SPEECH OF THE SPECIAL SECRETARY FOR RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL DIPLOMACY AND HEAD OF THE GREEK DELEGATION TO THE IHRA, DR EFSTATHIOS LIANOS LIANTIS, AT THE CONFERENCE ON COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE OSCE REGION (BRATISLAVA, 5-6 FEBRUARY 2019) Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 February 2019 10:30

“Those of us who have been involved in studying the phenomenon of anti-Semitism, we witness that not only does such social virus keep spreading and contaminating more and more people regardless of social status and age group, but is unfailingly transmuting into milder or more aggressive forms, depending on the social environment, the education level, the national, political or religious groups where the phenomenon grows. Yet, it is fed by sources of misinformation and propaganda, which may be either cognate or contrary to each other, such as political extremes and religious fundamentalism, be it Islamic or Christian.

As a political stand, a religious perception or an ideological trend, anti-Semitism is a major social issue, plaguing Europe for a number of centuries and calling into question the moral status of the Western Civilization. The irrationality of this phenomenon can be easily perceived if we consider the doubts cast on the Holocaust, the most vividly documented and thoroughly recorded massive crime in human history. The anti-Semites who endorse any freakish pamphleteering of conspiracy theorists, either reject or doubt the Holocaust, which has been actually recorded by its ruthless perpetrators themselves.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE VANDAL ATTACK AGAINST THE JEWISH MONUMENT IN THE CAMPUS OF THE ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY IN THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 January 2019 16:14
On January 27, humanity commemorates the Holocaust of the 6 million Jews who were exterminated in the German concentration camps by the Nazis and their collaborators.

On January 25, 2019, the descendants of the collaborators of the Nazis smashed and destroyed the Jewish Monument in the campus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the Observatory Park, in Thessaloniki. They have no moral scruples. They respect neither the living nor the dead.

The University was built upon the shattered tombs and the scattered bones of our forefathers of Thessaloniki, while the Jews of Thessaloniki where confined into ghettos pending deportation. It took 72 years for the city to assume responsibility and pay tribute to the memory of the Jewish necropolis with the erection of this monument in 2014. Today, the memory of the Jews of Thessaloniki, along with the history and the culture of the city, are struck once more by the preachers of hatred.

The Nazis began by burning our books at first, then our Synagogues and our Monuments, then our homes and stores and then… then –with the collaboration of their allies- they burnt our relatives, our friends, our neighbors, they even burnt our dead.

Until when? Until when will the authorities remain bystanders of the vandalisms of memory and civilization? Until when should society tolerate the supporters of Nazism operating freely among us, hurting our human dignity?

Thus, we demand their arrest so that they can be brought to Justice, so that they do not continue their catastrophic work, so that we do not mourn human victims in the name of bigotry and antisemitism.

Sadly, we have to repeat that there remain no other words to describe the sorrow of the Greek Jews: Shame – Shame – Shame.

Excerpt from the inscription on the Monument:

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TRIKALA. A Greek Town Commemorates its Holocaust History Print E-mail
Friday, 11 January 2019 08:43

 By Margarita Gokun Silver*, TABLET, January 10, 2019

‘We keep our memories alive,’ said the mayor of Trikala, where a new memorial was recently unveiled

On the morning of Nov. 11, 2018, a crowd of almost 200 people gathered in the center of Trikala, a Greek city located some 300 kilometers north of Athens. Conversing mainly in Greek, but also in Hebrew, English, Italian, and German, they were waiting at one of the main entrances to the old Jewish quarter to participate in the unveiling of Trikala’s Holocaust Memorial. Erected to commemorate the city’s 139 Jewish victims, the memorial is a joint initiative of the Trikala government and the city’s Jewish community.

“It was an obligation to our citizens, to the Jewish Community, to the memory,” Dimitris Papastergiou, the mayor of Trikala, told me via email. The idea first surfaced in his conversation with Victor Venouziou, a native of Larissa who was raised as part of Trikala’s Jewish community and survived the Holocaust because the villagers of Amarantos—50 kilometers away, it was called Mastroyianni in the 1940s—hid him and his family. Last year Venouziou financed a monument in Amarantos to thank them. “Within five minutes we agreed that the city and the Municipality of Trikala also had to erect their own monument,” Papastergiou said.

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HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2019 – CRETE: PRESENTATION OF THE WORK OF STUDENTS FROM CRETE TITLED The History of the Jews of Heraklion Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 January 2019 11:29
By Katerina Mylona, translated from newspaper PATRIS OF HERAKLION CRETE, 16.1.2019

The history of the Jews who lived in our city was the subject of the work that was carried out in the 2017-18 school year from Section B4 of the 6th General Lyceum of Heraklion within the framework of the "Project" course.

The work aimed at seeking the historical presence and course of the Jewish community in Heraklion until their complete extermination by the German Nazis in 1944.

The supervising professor, computer scientist with Msc in Theology, Mr. George Chatzizisis, told "PATRIS" that the children participated with particular interest in the search for information and enjoyed the role of the historical researcher.

He proposed to students to work for a population group that no longer exists in our city because of population or war exchanges such as Muslims and Catholics. The pupils even mourned when they learned.

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THIS GREEK SCHOOL HAS A NOVEL SOLUTION TO PROBLEM FACED BY MANY SMALL JEWISH COMMUNITIES Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 January 2019 13:32

JTA, 7.1.2019: AthensIn a small, nondescript classroom in Greece’s capital city, 10 Jewish eighth-graders study a biblical text about Jacob and Esau under the guidance of Rivkah Carl, a Jewish teacher from Teaneck, New Jersey.

The students chatter loudly in Greek among themselves, though the language of instruction is English. In an adjacent classroom, nine kids — each wearing headphones and sitting in front of computer monitors — listen as their Israeli instructor teaches them Hebrew.

But this is no Jewish school. In Athens’ dwindling Jewish community, now at about 3,000 members, there simply aren’t enough children to support a Jewish middle or high school.

So community leaders came up with a unique solution: a special Jewish track at the prestigious American College of Greece, a private school founded by Christian missionaries in 1875 with a middle school and high school division called the Pierce School.

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