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THE SPECIAL ENVOY ON COMBATTING ANTI-SEMITISM TO THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH
A meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew had the Special Envoy on Combatting Anti-Semitism, Dr. Efstathios Lianos Liantis, in view of the visit of the Primate of Orthodoxy to the Auschwitz concentration camp, in order to lead the March of the Living, on May 2nd, 2019.

The Ecumenical Patriarch blessed the mission of removing every anti-Semitic stereotype and highlighted the need for co-operation between the actors of Christianity and Judaism, which the Ecumenical Throne has been realizing throughout its ministry through interreligious dialogue and many other initiatives of joint action. 

He also stressed that he was willing to take coordinating action in the Christian world in order to eliminate the social pathogenesis of anti-Semitism and to preserve the commitment to fight any negative prejudice and persecution in the name of religion. 
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“Never Again’ March in Thessaloniki marked anniversary of first deportation to Auschwitz

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL, March 18, 2019, by Vassilis Kyriakoulis: Two thousand people held a silent march in Thessaloniki, marking the anniversary of the departure in 1943 of the first train taking members of its Jewish community to Auschwitz. Participants held white balloons bearing the message “Never Again.” They gathered at the city’s old railway station where that train pulled out on March 15, 1943. Among those present for the 76th anniversary commemoration was Jurgen Haus, grandson of a German soldier, who expressed his “deep regret” for the actions of his Nazi forebears. “I am here to break the silence… I love Israel, I cannot remain silent in the face of antisemitism,” he said in a speech. 

Holocaust survivors Heinz Kounio and Achileas Koukovinos were honoured during the commemorations. Thessaloniki had a population of more than 50,000 Jews before World War II, some 46,000 of whom were deported and killed in German Nazi death camps. 

Before the deportations started, the community in the city, which was composed mainly of Sephardic Jews chased out of Spain in 1492, had developed to the point where it earned the nickname the “Jerusalem of the Balkans.”

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE DEADLY ATTACKS AGAINST MOSQUES IN NEW ZEALAND

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses Greek Jewry’s deep concern and dismay for the deadly terrorist attacks with multiple casualties on two mosques in the city of Christchurch, in New Zealand. We strongly and unequivocally condemn this blatant act of cruel violence and we extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims.  

This time the innocent victims of terror were Muslim worshipers at the time of prayer. The escalation of the attacks and widespread fanaticism bring the international community in front of its responsibilities and prove that hatred has no limits, it comes from everywhere and affects everyone.     

The danger from the dissemination of extremist theories regarding racial supremacy is today greater than ever in the post-World War II era. Knowledge and education, focusing on the respect of human rights and the tolerance for diversity, must be the first priority goal for State and social institutions, as well as for religious communities in order to prevent mourning new victims as those of Christchurch and Pittsburgh.        

Athens, March 18, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
ISLAMIC FANATICISM AGAINST JEWS Print E-mail
Friday, 11 May 2018 09:10

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece strongly condemns the new attack launched against the Jews by religious official Ahmet Mete.

Recent publications, claim that, at a speech of his at the Kentavros Mosque in Xanthi, (a city in North-Eastern Greece) the self-proclaimed Mufti Ahmet Mete stated the following: "I accused the Jews of being murderers of infants because they slaughtered infants... Look; I would even accuse my father if he had also killed infants. How can anyone kill an infant, a defenseless infant? If they came and killed, robbed and did unacceptable things to our children, would we say nothing? Religion upholds that, as a Muslim, if someone among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand; if he cannot, then with his tongue; and if he cannot, then hate him with his heart".

On 26th April 2018, Ahmed Mete, was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment, a redeemable sentence, for saying that Hitler was right to turn the Jews into soap. But he continues the preaching of hatred.

We repeat that a representative of a religious minority, the Muslim minority, is becoming a preacher of hatred rather than being a preacher of religious peace, tolerance and reconciliation. He does not have the right to do so. He may not feel obliged to teach reconciliation among people, but he certainly has no right to preach hatred. It is known that anti-Semitism, which extends to the glorification of Nazism and Hitler and the accusation of Jews being slaughterers of children, thrives in Islamist regimes, but is not tolerated in a Democracy such as Greek democracy.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE VANDAL ATTACK AT THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF ATHENS Print E-mail
Monday, 07 May 2018 10:44

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the condemnation and the abhorrence of the Greek Jewry for the vandal attack against the Jewish cemetery of Athens.

It is not just another incident of antisemitism. It does not only constitute an act of disrespect towards the memory of our dead brothers, it insults the moral principle of the respect of the dead, which is shared by all three monotheistic religions and our civilization as well.

If we remain passive bystanders of the deplorable acts instigated by hate preachers, it will be as if we, ourselves, open again the doors to barbarity, allowing the comeback of the darkest time in history, the time when human beings had lost their human nature. Antisemitism is only the sign of that dark period which the vast majority of the Greeks do not want to experience again.

We urge the authorities, the social institutions and the representatives of Letters, Arts and culture to protest, side by side with the Jewish community, and state their firm reaction to antisemitism.

Athens, May 7, 2018

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE ON THE TRIVIALISATION OF THE HOLOCAUST IN THE LIGHT OF A NEW SKETCH BY MR. M. KOUNTOURIS Print E-mail
Friday, 04 May 2018 13:06
Equating Nazi practices with Israeli policy is anti-Semitism. Equalisation and drawing similarities regarding the Holocaust, the planned genocide of 6 million Jews solely because of their religion, is anti-Semitism.

It is its worst and most despicable form, it has other connotations, it creates stereotypes, it erodes societies by inciting hatred, and it operates in sinister ways. Its adoption and dissemination, either through rhetoric or through sketches (such as the recent ones by Mr. M. Kountouris published in the Editors' Newspaper on 10th11th April and 2nd May 2018) even including religious symbols, is dangerous and unacceptable.  Be it new or old, anti-Semitism is always the same. It encourages hatred and fanaticism in order to serve political purposes, thus sacrificing every concept of criticism, commentary and information on the altar of cheap propaganda.

Athens, May 4th, 2018
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
ANNOUNCEMENT by the JEWISH COMMUNITY OF ATHNES FOR THE DESECRATION OF THE JEWISH CEMETERY Print E-mail
Monday, 07 May 2018 09:57
On Saturday, the most holy day in Judaism, it is imperative and we are accustomed to abstain from everyday activities and, of course, from announcements. In the context of this almost absolute rigor of observance of the Sabbath holiday, there are exceptions that have to do with dealing with the threat of a life or a great pain.

Such is the pain that caused us, today, on Saturday, May 5, 2018, the revelation of a new wave of vandalism in the Jewish Cemetery of Athens.

Unknown vandals entered our Cemetery during the night and destroyed nine commemorative marble struts kicking them with fury, leaving them to peel off their bases and crushing them on the ground. These marble slabs are used to mark the sectors of our Cemetery and are dedicated to the memory of the dead by their families.

The scene is repulsive and our disappointment is great. This is not the first time we see the result of a degrading act at our Cemetery but it is the first time we see such act was organized and planned in part of the Cemetery that is not visible from the neighboring houses and with incredible fury. The view of the results of this abominable act causes us deep sorrow and anger.

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE STATEMENTS OF P.A. PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 May 2018 12:06
The President of the Palestinian Authority M. Abbas, during his speech in Ramallah on April 30, 2018, made unacceptable statements arguing -inter alia- that “the Jews were exterminated (by the Nazi Germany) not because of their religion but because of their social activity related to the banks and the loan-sharking”.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses Greek Jewry’s deepest dismay and unequivocally condemns the statements of P.A. President Abbas, which sadly place him on the list of Holocaust deniers.

Such views, that distort historic truth and encourage hatred, can only be deplored by the international community and the Jewish people around the world. We remind of the 65.000 Greek Jews, that are included in the 6 million Jews, victims of Nazism.
Athens, May 3rd, 2018
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
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