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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of Yom Hazikaron –the memorial day for the soldiers fallen in defense of Israel and the victims of terror- being superseded by Yom Haatsmaout, Israel’s Independence Day.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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It was a beautiful life in Juderia… Rodeslis Remember… Print E-mail
Friday, 31 July 2020 09:41
 Growing up on the island was like a paradis
Rachel Hanan (née Hugnu), Holocaust survivor

 “All along our daily paths, whether going to school, to work, to the synagogue, or visiting a friend or relative, we walked amid familiar and smiling faces. Kinship networks were frequently large, so that Hugnos’ extended family could only meet on particular festival days, otherwise, there would be a hundred cousins.” Isaac Jack Lévy

 “The life in Rhodes was beautiful, beautiful…Everyone very friendly like one family. No matter how many neighbors … we have, everyone is just like family… In fact, we used to say Auntie Straya, Auntie Rebecca, but we didn’t know if they were relatives or not. Because our parents they say, say hello to Auntie Rebecca or say hello to Auntie Rifka. To everyone we have to say Auntie. So for us all neighbors was family. Mirù Alcanà, Holocaust Survivor

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SIGN THE WJC PLEDGE TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST HATE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 10:01
During this urgent moment of unrest and uncertainty, I stand with Black and other minority communities who are oppressed and endangered by a newly emboldened generation of white supremacists and extremists, even as they confront our nation’s painful legacy of racial discrimination. 

As a dedicated member of the World Jewish Congress and a proud member of the global Jewish community, I will never be silent in the face of hatred, no matter where it emanates or who is threatened by it. At this most difficult time, I re-commit myself to fighting back against all forms of racism, bigotry, and extremism. SIGN THE WJC PLEDGE HERE.

 
GREEK PM KYRIAKOS MITSOTAKIS ON VISIT TO ISRAEL Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 June 2020 10:00
Greece and Israel pledged on Tuesday June 16, 2020, to work toward a resumption of bilateral tourism in August if coronavirus precautions permit and discussed shared concerns over Turkey's energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, on his first trip abroad since the pandemic erupted, brought a cabinet delegation to Jerusalem in a show of confidence in mutual health measures and to promote a trilateral natural-gas consortium with Cyprus. Greece opened its main airports to mainly EU visitors on Monday. Israel – some 1.2 million of whose citizens travelled to Greece annually in recent years – is a big market.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE POLITICAL SPOT OF SYRIZA Print E-mail
Monday, 22 June 2020 11:29

Opposition party of the Left “SYRIZA” uploaded a political video spot, entitled "How much does Moses Cost?" on the party’s website, facebook and You Tube channel, on June 19, 2020. The video, was produced in an attempt to criticize the Government’s funding of the mass media during the pandemic.

The reference to Moses in the video was strongly condemned by the Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (ESIEA), the frm. President of the Athens Jewish Community Minos Moissis, the Secretary General of KIS Victor Eliezer and many prominent journalists. KIS issued the following announcement (June 22, 2020):

«When we watched SYRIZA’s political spot “How much does Moses cost?” we wondered how was it possible for a party with a determining contribution to the fight against antisemitism to reproduce antisemitic stereotypes in order to serve its opposition policy, linking Moses with the money falling down from the sky as the “manna from heaven”.

Three days after its launch the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its regret over the fact that -in spite of the massive reactions- SYRIZA did not withdraw this spot, with its only reaction being that of characterizing it as “satiric”.

In times when conspiracy theories thrive and threaten peaceful coexistence within society, the perpetuation of stereotypical myths -especially when coming from a political party such as SYRIZA- nourishes the supporters of intolerance and anti-Semitism. We are sure that the leadership of SYRIZA will realize that this spot was -at the very least- an unfortunate accident and that it will withdraw it from public confrontation.

We hope that all sides will avoid the use of religious symbols and figures -especially when used with a negative connotation- because religious faith cannot and should not be part of any political confrontation». 

 
GREEK PRIME MINISTER MITSOTAKIS AT AJC GLOBAL FORUM 2020 ON GREEK-ISRAELI TIES Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 June 2020 10:22
June 16, 2020 —AJC, New York: Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in a wide-ranging, 30-minute conversation with American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris at the AJC Virtual Global Forum, expressed his enduring commitment to the Greek-Israel link and spoke out strongly against antisemitism.

Harris, who has known the prime minister for years and who knew his late father, Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis, expressed admiration for the Greek handling of COVID-19; the country’s dramatic economic turnaround from a decade ago; the deepening partnership with the United States; and the democratic triangle of stability represented by Greece, Cyprus, and Israel. He also gave a shoutout to AJC’s decades-long partnership with the Hellenic-American community.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hailed the bilateral relationship between Greece and Israel, saying that it “is as strong as it has ever been.” He noted that those ties, controversial in Greece when first established in 1990 — “Greece was the last country in [West] Europe to do so,” he noted — by his father, are now supported by nearly the entire Greek political spectrum.

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