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KIS MESSAGE FOR YOM HAZIKARON & YOM HAATSMAOUT

From grief to joy, from memory to life, from loss to creation. This is the meaning of the sequence of Yom Hazikaron –the memorial day for the soldiers fallen in defense of Israel and the victims of terror- being superseded by Yom Haatsmaout, Israel’s Independence Day. Both anniversaries include in their very core the history of the creation of the modern State of Israel.

Today, the victims, those who heroically fell in the battlefield fighting for the independence of the Jewish home on the land of Israel, as well as for the safety of the citizens of the State of Israel, are commemorated. More than 50% of the soldiers who fought in the war of Independence of 1948 were Holocaust survivors, who had settled in the British Mandate Palestine in the aftermath of WWII seeking hope.

Tomorrow we celebrate Israel’s 73rd birthday. Israel, one of the youngest states in the world, has remarkably succeeded in incorporating ancient history, tradition, multicultural origins, pioneering thinking, technology, innovation and progress. A country that in its brief modern history offered its unreserved support on any occasion of natural disaster in any part of the world. The birth and the evolution of Israel have been rightfully described as “miracles”.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Greek Jewry as a whole wish to the people and the State of Israel peace and prosperity and hope that its citizens will continue achieving modern-day miracles for the benefit of all humanity.

Athens, April  13, 2021

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
GREECE TAKES OVER IHRA PRESIDENCY FROM GERMANY
Today, 1 April, the IHRA Presidency will be handed over from Germany to Greece. This means that the outgoing Chair, Ambassador Michaela Küchler, will take on a supportive role as a member of the Troika, which comprises last year’s, this year’s and next year’s IHRA Chairs. (Watch HERE the remarks of Ambassador Kuchler regarding the German Presidency of IHRA)

Normally, handovers are marked by ceremonies hosted at an embassy in the incoming Presidency’s country. However, this year, in keeping with the digital spirit of the past year and in lieu of an in-person ceremony, the outgoing and incoming Chairs prepared Handover Videos. These provide great insight into the promising plans for the future and the fruitful efforts of the past.

Ambassador Michaela Küchler outlined the challenges and successes of this unprecedented year. “Being able to work together across time zones, from Winnipeg to Berlin to Melbourne, required more than just a working microphone and a stable internet connection,” she said. “It required all of us to want to get something done. And we did.” 

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MESSAGE OF KIS PRESIDENT DAVID SALTIEL FOR THE HANDOVER OF THE IHRA PRESIDENCY TO GREECE

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece is very pleased to welcome the handover of the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) to Greece.

Our country, member of IHRA since 2005, has a long term active role in initiatives for the preservation of the historic memory of the Shoah. The choice of the central theme “Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: Education for a world with no more genocide” for Greece’s Presidency, demonstrates the importance attributed by Greece to Education and we are certain that the year inaugurated today will be filled with programs of core importance aiming at combating racism and anti-Semitism and establishing the respect of human rights in the conscience of the generations that will create the world of the future.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece always was and will continue to be a succor in IHRA’s important task, developing and reinforcing the constructive collaboration with its Head and the Greek Delegation of IHRA.

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EUROPEAN JEWISH CONGRESS CONDEMNS RACIST MURDER IN GREEK CAPITAL Print E-mail
Monday, 04 February 2013 12:17
EJC President Moshe Kantor: “Murderous violence against foreigners and minorities in Greece is the natural result of tolerating racist and anti-Semitic incitement.”
 
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) expresses its profound shock and condemnation at the cold-blooded and racist murder of a Pakistani worker on the streets of Athens on Thursday.
EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor described the attack as “yet another example of a continuing climate of racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric and physical violence which finds its motivation in Parliament and violent expression on the streets.”
Two Greek men have been arrested in connection with the attack which saw a Pakistani worker knifed to death after being dragged off his scooter near the Acropolis in central Athens early Thursday morning.
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HUNGARIAN LAW EXPOSES "ABUSIVE" POLITICIANS TO FINES, REMOVAL Print E-mail
Friday, 21 December 2012 10:23
Amid a public outcry over anti-Semitic statements by a Hungarian lawmaker, the country’s parliament has passed an amendment to punish politicians that use “abusive” speech.
The amendment, which was passed Dec. 17, exposes lawmakers and others appearing in parliament to fines and physical removal from the premises if they use “abusive language,” the Hungarian news agency Magyar Távirati Iroda (MTI) reported.
Last month, Jobbik’s foreign policy cabinet head, Marton Gyongyosi, said that the recent Gaza escalation “makes it timely to tally up people of Jewish ancestry who live here, especially in the Hungarian government, who, indeed, pose a national security risk to Hungary.”
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PRIME MINISTER'S STATEMENT on the GREEK REPRESENTATION to the CoE Print E-mail
Friday, 21 December 2012 07:50
Meeting with EGAM

The Press release issued by EGAM:

EGAM congratulates itself of the decision announced by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras during his meeting with Benjamin Abtan, the President of EGAM, today in Athens : New Democracy is in favor of a new composition of the Greek parliamentary delegation to the Council of Europe without the neo-Nazis of Golden Dawn.
 
This position is the same as the one previously announced by the parties Pasok, Democratic Left and Syriza, and it means implies the exclusion of the neo-Nazis from the Council of Europe.
 
For EGAM, it is a huge democratic victory, which brings a necessary and salutary political clarification, which be heard in Greece and in the rest of Europe.
 
Greece is now offering an example to the whole Europe of a country faced with the most violent social situation but whose leaders have decided to put the defense of democracy as a top priority.
 
Last, this decision allows to break the dynamic of the neo-Nazi party “Golden Dawn” in Greece and at the European level, and it reinforces the European antiracist movement which expressed itself with strength in the streets of Athens this Saturday, December 15th, gathering more than 10,000 people for a great antiracist march against neo-Nazism.

Athens, Monday December 17th,  2012


 
MARCH AGAINST RACISM AND NEO-NAZISM IN ATHENS Print E-mail
Friday, 21 December 2012 07:37
On Saturday December 15, 2012, a march against neonazism and racial violence took place in Athens following the campaign and the initiative of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement -EGAM. Protesters symbolically marched from the Parliament, at the Constitution Square, to the Acropolis. Approximately 2.000 people joined the protestation amongst whom representatives of antiracist organizations from many European countries. EGAM’s initiative was endorsed by the political parties of PASOK, DEMAR, DRASIS, and the Greens as well as by the Central Committee of the City Councils of Greece.
Representing the Socialist party of PASOK MEP Sylvana Rapti, MP Kostas Triantafyllos, Communications Secretary Dimitris Karydis (photo), representing the Democratic Left (DEMAR) party MP Maria Repoussi and MP Maria Giannakaki (photo), as well as the Mayor of Athens George Kaminis, and the President of EGAM Mr. Benjamin Abtan, headed the march carrying a huge banner reading “Europe against neonazism”.
EGAM promoted this initiative with the following message, co-signed by distinguished personalities around Europe.
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GREEK JEWISH PROTEST LETTER FOR READING OF EXCERPTS FROM "THE PROTOCOLS" IN THE PARLIAMENT Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 13:00
Following the reading by Member of Parliament Ilias Kasidiaris of the Chryssi Avgi (Golden Dawn) Party of an extract from the forgery ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Sion’ during a session of parliament, on October 23, 2012, in the House of Parliament, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent a letter of protest to the President of the Greek Parliament, Mr Evangelos Maimarakis.
 
In this letter, the Central Board of Jewish Communities stresses that “the false 'Protocols of the Elders of Sion' are the most typical example of anti-Semitic propaganda in the world and were used by Hitler as a pretext for nazi persecutions.
It is worth to remind that the 'Protocols' have not only been denounced by international courts, but also by international bibliographers and pre-eminent historians as falsifications produced by the Okhrana, the Tsar’s own guard, to be used as a pretext for persecuting Jews.
 
The sound of extracts from the forgery of the “Protocols” being read aloud from the seats of the Greek House of Parliament has provoked great concern to the Greek Jewry. We believe that events such as this add to the proliferation of anti-Semitic stereotypes.
On the occasion we once again ask the sound representatives of the state and society to marginalize the ideologies, methodologies and propaganda of those who long for the return of Nazism".

 
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