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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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IHRA ATHENS PLENARY 2021
 

The IHRA Athens Plenary takes place in digital form, from 31 May to 10 June 2021. 

Around 200 delegates, experts and observers from the 34 member states of the IHRA attend the Athens Plenary to discuss politically relevant issues related to the Holocaust and the genocide of the Sinti and Roma. 

Committed to the principles that inspired the assumption of the annual IHRA Presidency by Greece in April as well as to its priorities, the Greek Presidency is hosting in the Athens Plenary the IHRA’s experts and political representatives who will focus their efforts on countering Holocaust distortion and safeguarding the historical record. Our common aim is to strengthen the moral commitment of societies and to combat growing Holocaust denial and anti-semitism.

Athens Plenary in Action


Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias welcomes delegates to IHRA Athens Plenary 2021

“It is my privilege to welcome today to Athens, the participants to the first Plenary of the Holocaust International Remembrance Alliance under the 2021- 2022 ...

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Secretary General for Greeks Abroad & Public Diplomacy John Chrysoulakis' welcome address
Secretary General for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy John Chrysoulakis welcomes delegates to IHRA Athens Plenary 2021

“Distinguished delegates of the IHRA member countries, I warmly welcome you to the online Athens Plenary Meeting in the capital of Greece, a city with ...


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IHRA Chair Ambassador Lazaris welcomes delegates to Athens Online Plenary
IHRA Chair Ambassador Chris Lazaris welcomes delegates to IHRA Athens Plenary 2021

“Excellencies, Heads of National Delegations, IHRA Colleagues, Dear Participants,

Welcome to Athens!

I do hope the video you have just viewed has enticed you to ...
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ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 May 2011 13:19

Music unites people and reminds. Thus the trilogy “Mauthausen” opera, written by the late Iakovos Kampanellis and composed by Mikis Theodorakis, is an hymn to the victims of the Holocaust. This opera cannot change cannot be censured.
Unfortunately, statements made by Mikis Theodorakis in the past few years, such as “The Jews are at the root of evil” and that the Jews are responsible for the international financial crisis, have caused not only astonishment but deep distress as well, even more because Mikis Theodorakis is the co-author of this remarkable opera.

 
DESECRATION OF THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF IOANNINA Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 June 2009 12:31
The Jewish Cemetery of Ioannina was subject to one more vandal attack, the third since January 2009.
 On June 2, 2009, extremists brutally vandalized six tombs –among which that of the mother of the President of the local Jewish Community- destroyed part of the Holocaust Monument, situated in the cemetery, and daubed it with the blood of a turtle which had previously killed.
 The President of the Jewish Community of Ioannina, Dr. Moses Elisaf, medicine professor at the local university as well as town councilor, urged local authorities to take measures for the arrest of the perpetrators and called upon his fellow-citizens to condemn these violent anti-Semitic attacks.
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GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER HONOURED HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS Print E-mail
Monday, 22 June 2009 13:03
Within its initiatives related to the chairmanship of OSCE for 2009, the Greek Foreign Ministry organized an official ceremony honouring the Greek Holocaust survivors.
The event was held in Athens, on June 17, 2009, and it coincided with the edition of the book “Greeks in Auschwitz – Birkenau”, sponsored by the Foreign Ministry and written by Photini Tomai, Head of the Historic and Diplomatic Archive of the Foreign Ministry.
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