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MITSOTAKIS MEETS WITH AJC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HARRIS

ATHENS -- Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met οn Tuesday morning with the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), David Harris, at the Maximos Mansion.

According to government sources, they discussed developments in the wider region with a focus on the Eastern Mediterranean. There was particular emphasis on Greece's contribution to preserving regional stability and promoting growth through mutually beneficial alliances with countries in the region that share the same principles and beliefs.

The same sources noted that the close cooperation of the AJC with the Greek community in the USA was confirmed during the discussion with Harris, as well as the excellent level of bilateral relations between Greece and the USA, which are constantly developing and expanding.

The importance of the trilateral cooperation between Greece - Cyprus - Israel and the 3 + 1 scheme with the participation of the USA was also underlined, while ways to further strengthen the relevant actions were examined.

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Shakespeare or Chekhov in the Middle East - Article by Victor Isaak Eliezer
 Published in the Greek daily “TO VIMA” June 6, 2021

“If the Arabs put their weapons down, then there will be no war- if the Israelis put their weapons down, then there will be no Israel”. This saying is attributed to Golda Meir, Israel’s first female Prime Minister, when the Jewish state was surrounded by the Arab states that pursued its destruction, with a series of wars against it, since the first day of its independence, on May 14th 1948.

Unfortunately, the same phrase continues to be relevant in 2021. It could be seen as a communication ploy by the Israelis in order to gain the sympathy of the public. But let us see if this applies in the field of the long-running confrontation, which today focuses on the conflict between Israel and Hamas on its southern border and with Hezbollah and Syria in the north.

If Hamas was to abandon the attrition war against Israel, does anyone doubt that the blockade of the Gaza Strip would have been lifted the very next day? Israel does not have any territorial claims over this strip of land, on the contrary Israel pulled out in 2005, hoping that the Palestinian Authority would have been able to take control of the region and isolate the Islamic movements of Hamas and Jihad. The disarmament of Gaza would be a breath of fresh air for its afflicted population, a new page of growth and prosperity, a new road that would eventually lead to its union with the West Bank of the Jordan River, and in the establishment of a Palestinian state next to the State of Israel with secure borders. Free distribution and movement of people and goods, investments and improvement of the living standards, the end of the bloodshed – this is what the disarmament of Gaza would mean.

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LAST GREEK JEWISH SURVIVOR OF AUSCHWITZ DIED
Isaac Mizan, the last Holocaust survivor from the (former) Jewish community of Arta in northwest Greece and one of the last survivors alive, died at the age of 94. Mizan was born in 1927 in Arta, where he lived until 1961. He was the last of six children of the family of Joseph and Anetta Mizan.In March 1944 he was arrested by the Nazis, along with 351 other Arta Jews. They were transferred to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and then to Bergen-Belzen.

He returned to Greece and Arta in August 1945. Of the twelve members of the Mizan family who were forced on the death voyage to Auschwitz, only three returned.

“His last wish, before he passed away, was to return to his birthplace, where the house where he and his family were taken from on March 24, 1944, is still preserved,” Dimitris Vlachopanos, who wrote Mizan’s biography, said.

He was the last Jew of Arta to leave his hometown at the age of 35 for Athens, but his love for his city remained unquenchable to the end.

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PROTEST AGAINST TV PROGRAMME Print E-mail
Monday, 15 April 2013 08:33
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent the following letter to Ioannis Alafouzos, president of SKAI media group, regarding the programme presented by journalist G. Tragas with four guest members of parliament from the Golden Dawn party, which was televised by SKAI channel on Sunday 7th April 2013:
 ‘The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece wishes to express its great indignation at the broadcasting, promotion and dissemination of the extremely racist sentiments displayed by Holocaust denialists and proponents of Nazism in Greece through the television programme presented by Mr Tragas on SKAI  television channel.
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P.M. A. SAMARAS SAYS 'NEVER AGAIN' ON COMMEMORATION OF THESSALONIKI DEPORTATIONS Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:11
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras vowed to crack down on neo-Nazi groups in a landmark speech marking the 70th anniversary of the first deportations of Thessaloniki’s Jews to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
Samaras spoke Sunday at a memorial ceremony at the city’s Monastiriotes Synagogue, the first-ever visit by a sitting prime minister to a synagogue in Greece. [Watch the VIDEO of the P.M.'s speech HERE].
The Greek government will enact legislation that will be “completely intolerant to violence and racism,” Samaras said, noting that with neo-Nazi parties on the rise again in Europe, governments have to “be very careful not to let them gain ground as they did in the 1930s.”
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TRIBUTE TO GREEK "RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS" Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 14:32
In a ceremony held at the Cultural Centre of the Jewish Community of Athens on 12th March 2013, the Israeli Embassy and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KISE) paid tribute to three people, Righteous Among The Nations; three exceptional examples of courage, self-sacrifice and humanity. His Excellency Arye Mekel Israeli Ambassador to Greece, and David Saltiel President of the Board of KISE, awarded the medals and conferred the title of Righteous Among The Nations on three more Christian Greek people who saved the lives of persecuted Jewish fellow countrymen during the German occupation. Those pronounced Righteous Among The Nations were: Lella Karagiannis for saving the Solomon Cohen family from Thessaloniki; and Giorgos and Polymnia Theodorakis for saving Beatrice Matalon, also from Thessaloniki.
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70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEPORTATION OF THE THESSALONIKI JEWS - WJC MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY - RESOLUTION BY THE WJC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:19
World Jewish Congress leaders on Sunday March 17, 2013, sent a strong message of solidarity to the Jewish community of Greece as they gathered on Sunday in Thessaloniki to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the roundup and deportation of the Jews from this northern Greek city to the Nazi death camps.
In presence of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Holocaust survivors, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder urged Greece to take decisive action against the growing neo-Nazi movement Golden Dawn which he called “the new Nazis” and “a threat to democracy”. [Watch the VIDEO of R. Lauder's speech HERE].
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THE GREEK JEWRY AGAINST THE APPOINTMENT OF A “REVISIONIST” CONSULTANT AT THE INTERIOR MINISTRY Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 March 2013 07:31
-The Press Release of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece: 

The appointment of Ioannis Kotoulas at the Greek Interior Ministry, as a consultant, aroused public attention and reactions. As reported in the press, I. Kotoulas is an educator who has published a book on the Third Reich in which he praises Hitler.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, in a Press Release issued on March 12, 2013, asked for the immediate removal of the educator from office and the expressed the Greek Jewry’s outrage. As the Press Release states: 
 “What the ministerial adviser supports in his revisionist books about Hitler and the shameless justification he attempts to give for Hitler’s concentration camps, the aerial bombardment of Greek cities by the Luftwaffe and Nazi policy are an insult to the memories of the victims of the German occupation and the Holocaust.
At a moment when the struggle against neonazism is a fight for the very Democracy in Greece, the revisionists of Nazi atrocities and the Holocaust cannot have a place at the services of the Greek State”.

-The Press Release of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki:

Further tο the information that recently became public regarding the appointment of Mr. Ioannis Kotoulas as advisor to the Ministry of Interior on issues of citizenship, the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki condemns in the strongest possible manner the totality of the references in his book "The Rise of the Third Reich” according to which Nazism (National Socialism) is defined and presented as a “great revolution".
As a result of this "revolution" 50,000 innocents Greek Jews of Thessaloniki and 6,000,000 innocent Jews from all over Europe were murdered in gas chambers and crematoriums, in an inhuman manner, people who were targeted and incriminated solely because of their religion.
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