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GIVE GREECEā€™S NEW LEADER A CHANCE
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the right-of-center Greek prime minister in office for four weeks after decisively winning a national election, deserves the opportunity to govern before being judged. Mr. Tsimitakis, a supporter of Mr. Mitsotakis’s political rival, former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, did not give him that opportunity. 

The Mitsotakis administration faces daunting challenges, including attracting foreign investment, reducing unemployment and grappling with difficult regional issues. These matters cannot be solved instantaneously. All have plagued previous governments.

Moreover, Mr. Tsimitakis levels a disingenuous charge of nepotism against Mr. Mitsotakis. His nephew Kostas Bakoyannis was elected mayor of Athens by the city’s residents a month before Mr. Mitsotakis’s electoral victory. Also, Mr. Tsimitakis refers to the Holocaust-denying past of Makis Voridis, the minister of agriculture, but doesn’t note that he apologized twice to the Jewish community and that a page has been turned.

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MAKIS VORIDIS VISITED THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF GREECE AND STRESSED THE PRIORITY OF FIGHTING ANTISEMITISM

Rural Development and Foods Minister Makis Voridis paid a visit to the Jewish Museum of Greece on Monday, where he was given a tour by the museum director Zanet Battinou. In statements afterward, he once again expressed his opposition to all forms of hate speech and said that the fight against the "noxious phenomenon of antisemitism" was a priority, while encouraging people to visit the museum, which he described as "excellent".

Voridis was the first minister in the government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis to visit the museum, where he was greeted as a "friend of the Jewish people and the Jewish community in Greece" by the General Secretary of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) Viktor Eliezer.

The minister said his presence signaled the support of the Greek state in highlighting the history and long presence of the Greek Jews in the country since ancient times.

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AJC CONGRATULATES ARCHBISHOP ELPIDOPHOROS, NEW LEADER OF AMERICAN GREEK ORTHODOXY
 

AJC offers its warmest wishes to His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, who begins his tenure as leader of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the religious fountainhead of America’s Greek Orthodox faithful and the spiritual inspiration for Greek Americans. The Enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros was celebrated on Saturday at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York.

“AJC and the Jewish people join with the Hellenic-American community in celebrating this auspicious moment in the Archdiocese of America’s history,” AJC CEO David Harris said. “We look forward to working with Archbishop Elpidophoros to continue and build upon the decades-long special relationship that AJC and the Archdiocese have shared.”

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DAVID HARRIS: Why I admire Greece Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 August 2018 10:01
With this new tweet -following his message of solidarity for the deadly wildfires in Attica, AJC CEO David Harris expresses once more his admiration for Greece.
He wrote:
Why I admire Greece: 1) Wisdom of Ancient Greece - democracy, philosophy, science, culture - continues to shape our world. 2) In WW2 Churchill believed “Greeks don’t fight like heroes, heroes fight like Greeks.” 3) Key US/Israel partner. NATO/EU member. Proud Jewish community.

 
EUJS FB CALL FOR ASSISTANCE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE FIRES Print E-mail
Friday, 27 July 2018 08:28
The European Union of Jewish Students fondly remembers Greece and was immediately mobilized to help the victims of the fires that devasted Attica on July 24, 2018. EUJS posted the following call for donations on Facebook:
 
Last year, Greece welcomed the European Union of Jewish Students and Summer U with open arms. We met the local Jewish community, we enjoyed Greece’s beautiful islands, as well as its hospitality.

As our thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible fires taking over the country, it is our turn to show our solidarity!

You can help by making a donation through the Greek government:
Eidikos Logariasmos Pyroplikton ths 23hs kai 24hs Iouliou 2018, Bank of Greece
BIC/ SWIFT: BNGRGRAA

IBAN: GR 4601000230000002341195169
 
WJC's LETTER OF CONDOLENCES for THE VICTIMS OF THE FIRES TO GREECE Print E-mail
Friday, 27 July 2018 13:41
The President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) Amb. Ronald Lauder and WJC’s CEO Mr. Robert Singer sent to the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopiοs Pavlopoulos and to the Prime Minister of Greece Mr. Alexis Tsipras the following letter of condolences for the victims of the fires that devastated Attica on July 24th, 2018:  

“On behalf of the World Jewish Congress and our more than 100 affiliated communities worldwide, we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the Greek people following the tragic loss of life due to the ongoing wildfires.

Your nation has demonstrated incredible and admirable resilience in the face of this unthinkable calamity.

We stand in solidarity with the people of Greece as you confront this crisis, and we pray for the fires to end speedily with no further loss of life or injury”.   

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE DEADLY FIRES IN ATTICA Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 July 2018 14:09
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece joins the national mourning for the fires that burnt to the ground the areas of Marathon and Rafina in the region of Attica and expresses the deepest grief and the all hearted solidarity of the Greek Jewry to the relatives of the victims and to the wounded.

We hope that this unspeakable tragedy that left behind so many losses and uncountable damages, comes to an end and that the suffering people are healthy and strong to cope with this devastating disaster.

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) in its announcement of July 25, 2018,  stated: “The European Jewish Congress stands in solidarity with Greece following the devastating wildfires that have raged across the Attica region and have tragically taken the lives of more than 70 people. On behalf of 42 national Jewish communities in Europe, we mourn this tragic loss of life and extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Greek people and we send our encouragement to those bravely engaged in search and rescue efforts”.

The CEO of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), David Harris, through a twitter post, stated: “AJC is supporting the relief efforts to help Greece. I urge others to do the same. So many lives have been lost due to fires. So many families are suffering. So many homes have been destroyed. Let’s do what we can to assist our Greek friends”.

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JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI PRESS RELEASE FOR THE DONATION FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE FIRE IN ATHENS Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 July 2018 12:41
Considering the tragedy that our country is experiencing and the difficulties faced by the inhabitants of the areas of Attica affected by the fires, which thus far cost the lives of 81 people, among whom many young children, the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki donated €10,000 to the special bank account created by the Greek Government for the relief of the needs of the fire victims and the reconstruction of the devastated areas.

Thessaloniki, July 26th, 2018
JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI
 
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