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ANTI-VACCINATION & ANTI-SEMITISM
By Victor Isaak Eliezer*

The waves of the anti-vaccination advocates are not harmless. They base their arguments on conspiracy theories, prejudices and stereotypes, with absolutely no scientific justification. Vaccination is considered as a threat to the national and religious identity of the nation.

Flags and religious symbols are integral "tools" of the anti-vaccination campaign and the protests of the anti-vaccination supporters. The phenomenon is spreading rapidly in France, Germany, Italy and in Greece.

The use of violence is part of the planning of the demonstrations, in order to ensure their widest possible coverage in the media and on the internet. The far right, which has longed to seize every opportunity to promote fascist and Nazi ideals, does not hesitate to adopt the argumentation of the anti-vaccination supporters, in order to appear once again as the pre-eminent anti-systemic movement, even organizing “task forces” which aim to spread fear and panic.

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MEMORIAL UNVEILING IN THE LIANOKLADI TRAIN STATION IN MEMORY OF THE JEWS FORCED TO SLAVE LABOUR IN THE RAILWAYS DURING THE GERMAN OCCUPATION
An unknown aspect of the occupation and the Holocaust of the Greek Jews came to light with the unveiling of the reconstructed monument for the Jews who were sent by the Nazis to slave labor on the railway network of the Lianokladi-Karya area (Central Greece, Fthiotida region). The unveiling took place at noon on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at the Lianokladi railway station, in the presence of the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Mr. Costas Karamanlis. The original Monument -erected in 1988- was probably destroyed during the renovation of the Lianokladi railway station.

The new Monument was rebuilt with the approval and actions of the Hellenic Railways Organization (HRO), and the cooperation of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), and was located to a prominent position, at the station dock to remind of the extent of the Nazis’ atrocities. The unveiling began with addresses by the President of the HRO Mr. Spyridon Pateras, the President of KIS Mr. David Saltiel and the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Mr. Costas Karamanlis, who unveiled the Memorial after a prayer from the Rabbi of Athens, Mr. Gabriel Negrin. The Metropolitan Bishop of Fthiotida H.E. Symeon, also addressed the event.

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MARGARITIS SCHINAS VISISTED THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF THESSALONIKI – “NO ROOM FOR FASCISM AND NAZISM”

"In modern European Greece, but also in democratic Thessaloniki, there is no room for fascism and Nazism. Those who make the mistake of insisting on these practices should know that history will remind them of what happened," the Vice President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, said on Sunday October 10, 2021, during his visit to the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki while assuring the Jewish communities of Europe that the European Union will support them in the face of modern threats. Schinas sent a clear message that Thessaloniki is a European metropolis in which there is no room for rhetorical hatred.

Thessaloniki will always remain a European metropolis of extroversion, democracy, peaceful coexistence, and dialogue. "A European metropolis where raiding battalions, rhetoric and symbols of hatred do not fit."
Schinas' visit to Thessaloniki and the Jewish Museum is of particular importance as it took place a few days after the presentation of the EU's first strategy to fight anti-Semitism and preserve Jewish life, which was emphasized by the European Commission Vice-President.

"As Vice President, I want to assure the Jewish communities in Europe that the EU will not leave them unprotected from the many modern threats that are overshadowing their lives today. We will guarantee their safety, we will strengthen their education and culture, we will do everything to preserve the historical memory of the Holocaust, especially now that the last survivors are leaving us without their personal stories," Schinas underlined.

Mr. David Saltiel, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, welcomed and accompanied Mr. Schinas to the tour of the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki. Mr. Saltiel expressed the appreciation of the world Jewry for the “remarkable work in support of the Jewish Communities in Europe” achieved by the EC Vice President. “It is our duty to promote knowledge and research, educate the young people so that they are immune to neo-Nazi ideologies, because these ideas abolish human rights and the very values of humanism”, said Mr. Saltiel. “We must continue our fight against fascism, racism and antisemitism. This Museum is a pillar of knowledge. The schools that visit it learn about the history of the Holocaust, while educational trips to the Museum of Auschwitz are organized so that the youngsters realize the magnitude of the Holocaust. As years go by and the survivors pass away, the duty to preserve memory and fight antisemitism passes on to us”, Saltiel stressed.

 
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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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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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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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE NEED OF ANTI-RACISM LEGISLATION Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 May 2013 13:16
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece calls on all democratic political forces of the country to overcome their differences and vote for a law which would show zero tolerance to racist violence, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.  
Today, more than any other time in our country’s postwar history, it is necessary to deal with extreme practices and ideologies.
Today, more than ever, it is necessary to enact legislation in order to shield society and democracy against phenomena of racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.   
In addition, we consider as a very important issue the enhancement of Education through specific programs and initiatives that will provide young people especially with the knowledge and the strength of judgment, so as not to allow society to be drifted into those ideologies that wrote the darkest and most abominable pages of the European history. Ideologies that are responsible for the industrialized death of millions of innocent people, including 6 million Jews.

Athens, May 30, 2013
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
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