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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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SHIMON PERES MET WITH GREEK JEWISH LEADERS Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 August 2012 11:49
In the framework of his state visit to Greece, the President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres had a meeting with the Greek Jewish leadership, which was held in Athens, on Tuesday August 7, 2012. President Peres was accompanied by the Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Orit Noked and the Ambassador of Israel to Greece Arye Mekel. 
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CRIF DELEGATION IN ATHENS AND THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:22
From 11th to 14th September 2012, a delegation from CRIF (Conseil Representatif des Institutions Juives de France), the umbrella organization of the French Jewry, visited Greece. The delegation was headed by the President of CRIF Dr. Richard Prasquier and included distinguished executives as Mr. Pascal Markowicz, lawyer and President of the CRIF Committee for International Relations; Mme Véronique Harari, member of the CRIF Committee for the Interfaith Dialogue; Mr. Michel Azaria, member of the Committee for Holocaust Remembrance; Dr. Maurice Soustiel, and Mme Jenny Laneurie Fresco members of associations for the preservation of the sephardi culture, and Mme Eve Gani, development manager at CRIF.
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The Greek Participation in the “Diplomatic Seminar for Young Jewish Leaders" for 2012 Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 September 2012 13:09
from Jeffrey Solomon

During the summer of 2012 on July 1st till 12th, the Diplomatic Seminar for Young Jewish Leaders which was organized for the 13th consecutive year by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, took place in Jerusalem. Thanks to the Israeli Embassy in Athens, I was given the chance to have the pleasure and the honor to represent Greece at this Seminar and I experienced close hand, moments that will accompany me forever.

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SHIMON PERES' STATE VISIT TO GREECE - An overall review Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 August 2012 07:16
The intensification of contacts between Greece and Israel, with emphasis on the sectors of investments, energy, tourism, shipping, agricultural development, the environment and commerce was agreed on Monday during a meeting between Greek President Karolos Papoulias and visiting Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres, who arrived in Athens on Monday August 6, 2012, on a state visit at the invitation of his Greek counterpart.
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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE NEW GOLDEN DAWN MEMBER IN PARLIAMENT Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 July 2012 06:17
The new ‘Golden Dawn’ MP Mr Artemios Mathaiopoulos was sworn in as a member of the Greek Parliament yesterday following the resignation of an MP from the region of Serres. In the past, Mr Mathaiopoulos was a bass player in a hard rock Greek band called “Pogrom”(!); a band with a vast repertoire of fiercely racist, fascist, vulgar and anti-Semitic songs. “Auschwitz”, a song with lyrics like “fuck Anne Frank”, “fuck the tribe of Abraham”, “piss on the Wailing Wall” “Juden raus” and  “Auschwitz, how much I love it”, is characteristic of the band’s ‘work’.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece has protested on behalf of Greek Jewry with letters to the President of the Greek Parliament and to Greek political parties.
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