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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

 
THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE STANDS BY THE US JEWS FOLLOWING OUTBURST OF ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 13:09

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, motivated by the vandalism of 170 graves in the Jewish cemetery of St. Louis, in the State of Missouri, on February 24th sent the following letter of solidarity to the Jewish Community of St. Louis, in relation to the anti-Semitic incidents affecting the US during the last days.

KISE had the same communication with Jewish organizations, as well as with prominent US Jewish personalities who made statements, issued press releases and published articles, on the rise of anti-Semitism in the US urging the US government and the new President Donald Trump to react with clarity and determination.

The Greek Jewry’s support to the unusual wave of anti-Semitic incidents in the US was welcomed by international Jewish organizations.  

Specifically the letter of KISE mentions:

“It is with great dismay and concern that we were informed about the vandal attack against the Jewish cemetery of St Louis and the recent anti-Semitic incidents in the USA.

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AT HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL IN GREECE, WJC PRESIDENT RONALD S. LAUDER SAYS: ‘INDIFFERENCE HAS NOT GONE AWAY’ Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 14:39

WJC, Athens 30.1.2017: Ronald S. Lauder on Monday addressed an official Holocaust commemoration ceremony in the Greek capital Athens, and in recalling the tragedy that nearly destroyed the Jewish community in Greece, asked whether the world has really learnt the lessons of the Holocaust.
 
“What has been the world’s reaction to the genocides since 1945? In Cambodia: silence! In Rwanda: silence! In Darfur: silence! Christians are being slaughtered today throughout the Middle East and Africa, and the world is silent. Indifference has not gone away,” Lauder told the gathering. The slogan ‘Never Again’ is easy to say but it’s really meaningless, because it happens again and again. And unless we want our children and grandchildren dealing with the same questions, it is time for this silence to end, once and for all.”

“The Jewish community here suffered such a heart-breaking loss. Almost 90 percent of the thriving Jewish population in Greece was murdered in World War II. Mothers, fathers, children… so many children. But we should always remember that this was not just a tragedy for the Jewish people. It was a tragedy for Greece as well. Greece lost some of its best and most productive citizens when the Jewish community was destroyed. When the Nazis came here in 1941 everyone lost,” Lauder added.
 
Lauder also highlighted the resistance of many Greeks against the occupiers during World War II, mentioning the people of Zakynthos, who hid the island’s Jews from the Nazis, Greek-Orthodox Archbishop Damaskinos, who instructed church members to issue false identity cards to Jews, and the “many ordinary Greeks whose name we will never know: they all set an example for the entire world to follow.”

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WJC PRESIDENT RONALD S. LAUDER INTERVIEWED IN “KATHIMERINI” Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:22

Greece is a key player in the Mediterranean and the strengthening of ties with Israel on a political and military level is an important development given the rise of Islamic terrorism, according to Ronald Lauder, the president of World Jewish Congress, who visited Athens on the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In an interview with Kathimerini’s Sunday’s edition, Lauder noted the rise of nationalism, and anti-Semitism which, he said, is not just a threat to minorities but to society at large. Lauder said the proliferation of far-right groups in Europe, including Golden Dawn in Greece which openly professes its hatred of Jews and Israel, has taken on alarming proportions. He also noted a rise in anti-Semitism among Muslim migrants in Europe, as well as among traditional European newspapers and even Britain’s Labour party.

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HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM & EDUCATIONAL CENTER OF GREECE in THESSALONIKI: A World Monument Against Racism Print E-mail
Monday, 23 January 2017 11:15

Article in the daily “Kathimerini”, January 15, 2017, by Yiota Myrtsioti: A six storey circular building made of metal and glass will rise to the historic place where the end of the 55,000 Greek Jews of Thessaloniki started; the memorial building will change the skyline of the city's western entrance and the map of Europe Holocaust memorials and museums. After seven decades, the city of Thessaloniki restores the memory, recognizes its mistakes, opens its archives, studies, but above all apologizes for a piece of history that the city buried with its silence and under the foundations of the university campus. The city’s mayor, Yiannis Boutaris, has restored this oblivion three years ago in front of the monument erected in a corner of the university campus to remind that this was the place where the Sephardic Jews of the big community of Salonica were honoring their dead for 500 years. Yannis Boutaris, in his speech delivered at the moment, spoke of the undue delay of the city to break the silence and to begin to mention the gloomy moments of its history. It was one of the slow but steady steps toward the target he had set since he became mayor: that the institution he represents becomes an institution of memory with continuity in time. The culmination of this effort is the establishment of the Museum and Educational Center on the Holocaust in the area of the Old Railway Station, where the Jews of Thessaloniki started their final trip.

This was an idea of the president of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, David Saltiel. The mayor adopted this idea and, in order to promote it, he used its contacts around the world. The Municipality and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki worked together, methodically, without fanfare, to implement this idea and now, almost three years later, with funding guaranteed, they are setting the project’s timelines.

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ANTISEMITIC STATEMENTS OF THE REPORTER DIMOS VERYKIOS AT THE ALPHA TV CHANNEL Print E-mail
Monday, 16 January 2017 10:53

On Thursday, 12 January 2017, during the morning show of Alpha TV channel «Happy Day», presented by Stamatina Tsimtsili, the reporter Dimos Verykios, at a live connection with his broadcast from Alpha Radio, he included into his political and economic comment many conventional anti-Semitic stereotypes.

More precisely, Dimos Verykios, as part of his comment, he stated: "The world money is concentrated in three centers: they are actually dominating the planet. One center is the banks, the global banking system. Through this banking system, two main centers are ruling the game. One of these centers is the Jewish lobby, powerful, extremely powerful in America and elsewhere! In all big deals, one will meet a Jew! Or a mason!”.

These are absolutely unhistorical anti-Semitic views, which are usually expressed only by marginal and extreme right elements. The fact that these views were surprisingly broadcasted, even without any reaction, in one of the largest TV channels of our country, makes us very concerned. The claims of Mr. Verykios are simply provoking hate against Jews. We expect that he will realize his big mistake and apologize to the audience for the promotion of these unsubstantiated and false accusations, which do not inform at all the public but instead lead to misinformation and encourage anti-Semitism in Greece.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece will continue tirelessly to fight against anti-Semitism, racism and intolerance, a fight that, as it turns out, should be given every day.

 Athens, January 13th, 2017

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 

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