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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of Yom Hazikaron –the memorial day for the soldiers fallen in defense of Israel and the victims of terror- being superseded by Yom Haatsmaout, Israel’s Independence Day.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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DESECRATION OF THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL IN RHODES Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 07:44
The Holocaust Monument in the old city of the island of Rhodes was desecrated with graffiti and swastikas in the night of October 26 to 27, 2012.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following Press Release:


PRESS RELEASE

Those who wish a return of Nazism and evil have once again defiled the Holocaust Memorial in the city of Rhodes by scrawling swastikas on it and obliterating the inscription ‘In memory of the victims of the Holocaust’.
 
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and Greek Jewry in its entirety condemn this act and yet again call upon the authorities to take whatever steps are necessary to protect the city’s Holocaust Memorial which stands as a reminder to everyone of the barbarity with which Nazism drove 1,600 Jewish citizens of Rhodes to mass-produced death in concentration camps.
 
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece also calls for the arrest of those guilty of assaulting the city’s dignity and culture with their anti-Semitic raging. 
 
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GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN CONDEMNED THE DESECRATION OF THE RHODES MONUMENT Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 08:05
Government Spokesman Simos Kedikoglou condemned the desecration of the Holocaust Monument on the island of Rhodes with the following statement of October 30, 2012:

“The desecration of the Holocaust Monument in Rhodes is an immoral act which is to be strongly condemned. It is an act that insults Greece and the Greek people. It insults the memory of the Greek Jews who perished during the Holocaust.
The Greek Government condemns in the utmost determined way any act of bigotry and anti-Semitism. Such attitudes do not conform with the Greek civilization and history.

The competent authorities have enacted the necessary course of action in order to trace down the perpetrators and bring them to justice”. 
 
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE NAZI SALUTE GIVEN BY PARTY LEADER Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 10:37
The leader of "Golden Dawn" N. Michaloliakos gave a Nazi salute, while addressing a fascist youth gathering in Athens, on Saturday October 20, 2012. As the mass media reported, Michaloliakos, with an extended right hand, said: "They call us Nazis but they have never called us thieves. These hands may sometimes salute like this […] but they are clean hands. They are not dirty. They have not stolen". All political parties made condemnation statements.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following announcement:

"The Nazi salute given by a leader of a Greek party represented in the Greek Parliament, demonstrates in the most brutal way the nature of the threat launched against Greek Democracy.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece has repeatedly pointed out that the devotees of Nazism, who deny the Holocaust, use racial violence, and give the Nazi salute, are repulsive to the Greek democratic citizens, provoke the outrage of the Greek Jews and brutally insult the memory of the Holocaust victims and of the fighters who sacrificed their lives for the principles of liberty, dignity and civilization.

We call upon the state, the politicians as well as the society not only to remain vigilant but to immediately and urgently take all the necessary measures to protect the principles of Democracy that are openly threatened by the devotees of Nazism so as not to allow society to be drifted into the darkness of racial hatred and anti-Semitism.

Athens, October 22, 2012
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
REPLY FROM T. ACKETOFT AND D. BAKOYANNIS ON E. ZAROULIA’S PARTICIPATION TO THE CoE COMMITTEE on EQUALITY Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:09
The Chairwoman of the Committee on Equality and Non Discrimination of the PACE, Mrs. Tina Acketoft replied to the letter of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece protesting Mrs Zaroulia’s (Golden Dawn MP) participation to the Committee.
In her letter, Mrs Tina Acketoft clarifies the procedure related to the appointment of committees and she stresses that “each national parliament decides the composition of its delegation, which must ensure a fair representation of the political parties or groups which are represented in parliament. The credentials of delegations can be challenged by Assembly members when they are submitted for ratification, which happens every year in January, or at any other part-session following elections”.
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GREEK JEWRY PROTESTS FOR GOLDEN DAWN MEMBERSHIP TO NON-DISCRIMINATION COMMITTEE OF THE CoE - SIGN THE PETITION OF THE EUJS Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 October 2012 13:21
With regard to the appointment of Golden Dawn MP Eleni Zaroulia to the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece addressed a letter to the Committee's Chairwoman Mrs. Tina Acketoft, expressing the Greek Jewry's distress and astonishment on the issue.  

As pointed out in the letter: “As known, Mrs. Zaroulia is a Greek MP with the Golden Dawn party which promotes neonazi ideology and adopts racist and violent practices. Inter alia, the party’s leader has openly and publicly denied the Holocaust on TV just a few months ago.
On behalf of the Greek Jewry we express our astonishment and profound concern for the way and the criteria of participation of a person representing such an ideology to the PACE Equality and Non-Discrimination Committee.
We express the belief that the Equality and Non-Discrimination Committee will not tolerate any manifestation, comment or expression of anti-Semitic or racial prejudice, and will safeguard the fundamental principles of democracy and respect of human rights”.
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