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ANTI-SEMITISM SHOULD CONCERN US ALL by LEON SALTIEL

Politico, June 20, 2022

As Sweden prepares to host this week’s meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), I find myself grappling daily with how anti-Semitism still thrives, some eight decades after the end of World War II.  

I routinely think about this ongoing enigma as part of my work but also in a more personal context, as the grandchild of Holocaust survivors.  

What may not be immediately obvious is that contemporary anti-Semitism should be a grave concern not only to Jews, whom it most immediately and directly impacts, but to those outside the Jewish community as well.  

While it denotes hatred of the Jewish people, anti-Semitism actually threatens all societies and is an indicator of wider problems. As the world’s “oldest hatred,” it exposes the failings in each society, and though Jews are often the first group to be scapegoated, unfortunately, they are not the last. History has shown us, time and again, that hateful discourse initially targeting Jews soon broadens to other members of society.

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KIS MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCES TO THE AMBASSADOR OF ISRAEL IN GREECE FOR THE TERROR ATTACK IN ELAD

Following the deadly terror attack that took place in the city of Elad in central Israel, on 5.5.2022, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent the following message of condolences to the Ambassador of Israel to Greece, Mr. Yossi Amrani.

“We are shocked and devastated by the news about the recent terror attack in Elad which caused the death of three Israeli citizens, during Israel’s Independence Day.

In deep sorrow the Greek Jewry joins the mourning for the loss of innocent lives. We also express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims. 

Once again, we support the struggle of the State of Israel against terrorism that threatens the well-being of its people and we join our voice with the appeals to fight hatred and fanaticism, stressing that the hecatombs of the victims of terrorism undermine efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East”.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE TERROR ATTACK IN TEL AVIV

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its repugnance, its grief and concern for yesterday’s terror attack with at least two dead and more than 10 wounded, in a crowded street in the center of Tel Aviv. It was the fourth terror attack in the last two weeks.

The Greek Jewry, in deep sorrow, joins the mourning for the dead, wishes speedy recovery to the wounded and stands by the Israeli society during the escalation of the deadly attacks of the Islamic extremism.

We support the struggle of the State of Israel against terrorism that threatens the well-being of its people. Our voice joins the appeals to fight hatred and fanaticism, stressing once more that the hecatombs of the victims of terrorism undermine efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East.

Athens, April 8, 2022

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
POLITICAL LEADERSHIP OF ISRAEL CONGRATULATES GREECE FOR THE 200th ANNIVERSARY OF ITS WAR OF INDEPENDENCE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 14:58
In letters to their Greek counterparts, the President, Prime Minister, Speaker of the Knesset and Foreign Minister of Israel congratulated Greece for the 200th Anniversary of its War of Independence. 

Specifically, in a letter to his Greek counterpart, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, among other things says: “When we celebrate your national day, we are also celebrating the profound contribution of Greece to global values and culture. Today’s world is safer and more stable when it follows the principles of democracy. It is richer and more reasoned when it draws from the well of philosophy.”   

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, in a letter to the Greek Premier, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, among other things states that: “Since winning independence the modern Hellenic Republic has successfully established itself as a vital part both of the European and Mediterranean regions, allowing Greece to be a crucial bridge between nations while always cherishing your own unique spirit and rich heritage of which you are justifiably proud.” He adds that: “as representatives of two countries who can trace their roots back to antiquity and who share the values of democracy and freedom, I look forward to continuing to work closely to expand even further the already excellent ties of friendship between our two governments and peoples.” 

The Speaker of the Knesset, Yariv Levin, in a letter to the President of the Hellenic Parliament, Konstantinos Tassoulas, said he has the honor to congratulate the Greek people on the occasion of the 200th anniversary since the Greek war of Independence.  He adds that with great satisfaction “I note the excellent collaborations and special friendship our parliaments enjoy which are based on the common commitment to the values of democracy, pluralism and human rights.” 

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EJC PRESIDENT KANTOR CONGRATULATES GREECE ON 200 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 14:23
(Brussels, 24 March 2021) European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor congratulated the Hellenic Republic ahead of the two-hundredth anniversary of its independence on March 25th 2021.

“On this joyous anniversary of 200 years of the fulfilment of freedom and democracy in Greece, we extend our warmest congratulations to the Greek people,” Dr. Kantor said.

“Greece has always been very proud of its ancient and vibrant Jewish community, whose rich tradition is a gift to the Jewish world,” Dr. Kantor added.

“For their part, Jewish Greeks have played an integral role in public life in the country, distinguishing themselves in various societal fields, such as science, culture, and the arts, and contributing to the rich mosaic that is the Greek nation.”

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI FOR THE VANDALISM OF THE MURALART ON HOLOCAUST Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 March 2021 13:55
THESSALONIKI, March 18, 2021.- The Jewish Community of Thessaloniki unequivocally condemns the vandalism of the recently created mural on Michael Kalou Street about the Jews of Thessaloniki and their extermination in the Nazi death camps. Τhe mural was created by the "Vardaris Neighborhood Team" of the Self-Help Promotion Program of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki under the direction of UrbanAct.

It is unfortunate that a few days after its completion strangers, who seem to be bothered by the willingness of the city to remember even the darkest pages of its history, vandalized a work that received flattering comments both for its aesthetics and for the powerful message that it conveys on the need to preserve the memory and constantly remind the events of the Holocaust.

Racism and anti-Semitism remain a serious problem and an open wound for our society. It is obvious that we must always remain vigilant in order to fight -through the use of historical facts and education- any attempt to revive the ideologies that gave birth to the Holocaust, the nadir of humanity.

JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI

Related:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs announcement on damage to a mural on the Jewish Holocaust in Thessaloniki (18 March 2021)

Foreign ministry, Jewish Community of Thessaloniki condemn vandalism of city's public mural, AMNA, March 18, 2021


 

 
AJC CEO DAVID HARRIS TWEETS ON GREECE’S 200th ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 15:22
Tweet of David Harris:

Greece marks 200th anniv. of its struggle for
freedom from occupying Ottoman Turks:

I stand with Greece, as I have for decades.

I cherish its priceless gifts to our world.

I recall its heroism in WW2.

I value its US, NATO, EU & Israel ties.

I love its beauty, warmth & spirit.

 
GREECE - JANUARY 27, 2021: HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY EVENTS Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2021 11:52

The Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated in Greece since 2004, when the Greek Parliament unanimously voted for Law 3218/2004, which established the 27th of January as the "National Remembrance Day of the Greek Jewish Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust".  The Greek Parliament, as well as the country’s Regional Administrations, with the cooperation of the local Jewish Communities, organize annually a series of commemoration, cultural and educational events.

This year -due to the pandemic restrictions- most events were held on-line.  From documentaries, to survivors’ testimonies, concerts, lectures and interviews, the 2021 programme covered a vast scale of activities that approached Holocaust history from many aspects and stressed the message of tolerance and respect of Human Rights. Greek officials, at the highest level, joined Holocaust commemoration events. The most symbolic ones were the following:

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