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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of Yom Hazikaron –the memorial day for the soldiers fallen in defense of Israel and the victims of terror- being superseded by Yom Haatsmaout, Israel’s Independence Day.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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GREEK JEWISH LEADERSHIP MET WITH EHUD BARAK Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:53
Israeli Minister of Defence, Ehud Barak, was in Athens on an official visit on 10th and 11th January 2012, accompanied by his wife, Nili Barak-Priel and ministry officials. The Israeli minister had meetings with the President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias, Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, Foreign Minister Stavros Dimas and his counterpart Minister of National Defence, Dimitris Avramopoulos. The main topic under discussion was the increased level of military co-operation in defence and security.
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THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION VISITS ISRAEL Print E-mail
Friday, 13 January 2012 13:29
Greek Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs, Mrs Anna Diamantopoulou visited Israel from 9th to 11th January 2012 at the invitation of the Minister for Education of Israel as part of the drive to improve relations between the two countries. Mrs Diamantopoulou was accompanied on her trip to Israel by Mr Victor Eliezer, who is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and was representing Greek Jewry.
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ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE NEW GOVERNMENT Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 November 2011 14:26
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece congratulates Mr. Loucas Papademos on his appointment as Prime Minister and expresses warm wishes for every success in his task.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece stresses that the new Government includes representatives of a political party (the LAOS party), members of which have expressed in the past propaganda against the Jews.
The Greek Jewry monitors closely the situation and is in alert for any relevant statements, while it expresses the belief that the Greek Prime Minister, as well as all the democratic forces of the country will not allow any violation of the Constitution, that provides for the equality of all citizens regardless of race or religion. In addition, the Greek Jewry believes that the new Government will continue the same policy against racism and anti-Semitism that have endorsed all the democratic governments in our country.
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GREEK JEWRY REJOICES THE RELEASE OF GILAD SHALIT Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 08:21
ANNOUNCEMENT

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its satisfaction for the release of the 25year old Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, in return for the release of 1.027 Palestinian prisoners, condemned for terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens and detained in Israel. Gilad Shalit was arrested and kept hostage by Hamas in 2006 and since then it was not allowed to any humanitarian organization, including the International Red Cross, to see him. 

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THESSALONIKI HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DESECRATED Print E-mail
Monday, 20 June 2011 12:38
The Holocaust Memorial of Thessaloniki was vandalized on Friday 17 June 2011, with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans. Perpetrators smudged the bronze plaque with the inscription dedicated to the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki who perished during the Holocaust, and wrote “LIES” on it.
This hideous act coincides with the decision of the City Council of Thessaloniki to bestow the City’s highest decoration over the 30 Holocaust survivors still living Thessaloniki in a ceremony to be held today, Monday 20 June.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki issued press releases condemning this anti-Semitic attack and urging the authorities to take all necessary measures in order to apprehend the culprits.
The Minister of Education Anna Diamantopoulou, the City Council of Thessaloniki, as well as the local Mayor Giannis Boutaris, issued public statements condemning the vandalism. The Holocaust Monument was immediately cleaned.
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