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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

 
GREEK CULTURE MINISTER INAUGURATES THE EXHIBITION “In the same city. Christians and Jews in Thessaloniki” Print E-mail
Monday, 21 March 2022 12:58

The series of exhibitions entitled “In the same city. Christians and Jews in Thessaloniki” was inaugurated in the afternoon of Sunday March 20, 2022, at the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, by the Greek Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni. As Mrs. Mendoni stressed in her speech “the Jewish Museum and its collections will be the core of the collections of the Holocaust Museum of Greece in Thessaloniki, which the government aims to do as soon as possible”. “We want it to become reality so that it houses not only the memory, but also the history and the cultural identity of the Jewish community, because we owe it to our homeland, to Greece, to Thessaloniki, but especially to all those who were lost, because there were many who got on the train and never returned,” the Minister said.

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2022 REMEMBRANCE MARCH IN THESSALONIKI HEADED BY GREEK PRESIDENT SAKELLAROPOULOU AND EC VICE PRESIDENT SCHINAS Print E-mail
Monday, 21 March 2022 11:00
Officials, including President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Israeli Ambassador Yossi Amrani, participated in a march commemorating the victims of the Holocaust in Thessaloniki on Sunday, March 20, 2022.

 

“It is only if we transmit the historical knowledge to the next generation, if we preserve the memory, if we all have the empathy feel the pain and the anguish of the victims as it were our own, if we understand that the Holocaust is part of an international historical heritage, that can we arm ourselves against the march of evil,” said Sakellaropoulou. 

 

“It is unacceptable to call Nazis those who are defending the independence of their homeland,” said Schinas in a statement uploaded to social media, alluding to the Russian invasion of Ukraine that is being conducted on the pretense of “denazification.”

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CEREMONY FOR THE UNVEILING OF THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL IN XANTHI Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 February 2022 14:42

Memories of the presence of the Jews in Xanthi came alive on Sunday 20.2.2022 with the unveiling of the local Holocaust Memorial. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece with the cooperation of the Municipality and the Cultural and Development Center of Thrace (PAKETHRA) organized an event for the unveiling of the Holocaust Memorial, within the framework of the Greek Presidency of the IHRA, in memory of the 526 Xanthi Jews who were exterminated in the Holocaust.

At the base of the Monument, which was symbolically placed in Eleftherias Square in Xanthi, 526 pebbles were placed, as many as the Jews of Xanthi who were exterminated by the Nazis, as well as parts of two railway rails that symbolize their route to the concentration camp in Treblinka.

The unveiling ceremony was attended by Ministers, MPs, a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of the religious authorities, the local government, Army, Fire Brigade, the Police, the Democritus University of Thrace, mayors, representatives of Jewish communities and organizations, as well as many people.

Before the ceremony, the officials visited the Jewish cemetery of Xanthi, where a memorial service was held by Rabbi of Thessaloniki Aaron Israel and then the Mayor of Xanthi Emmanuel Tsepelis, welcomed the official guests to the Town Hall. They then walked together to Eleftherias Square where the event took place, which began with a memorial service by the Rabbi of Thessaloniki Aaron Israel.

This was followed by greetings of the Mayor of Xanthi, Emmanuel Tsepelis, the Regional Governor of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Christos Metios, the Ambassador of Israel Yossi Amrani, the President of the International Alliance for the Remembrance of the Holocaust, George Polydorakis, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities, David Saltiel and the Minister of Education, Niki Kerameos.

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LETTER OF SOLIDARITY FROM KIS to the JEWISH COMMUNITY OF UKRAINE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 March 2022 11:34
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece addressed, on March 1st 2022, the following letter to the President of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine Mr. Boris Lozhkin and the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine and Treasurer of the EJC Executive Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich expressing the solidarity of the Greek Jewry to the Jews of Ukraine regarding the attack of Russia on Ukraine.

“Dear Mr. President,

Dear Chief Rabbi,

Our Board and the Greek Jewry as a whole, are closely monitoring the tragedy and the hardships that the Ukrainian people and the Jewish Community have been suffering since the military attack of Russia against Ukraine.

We are shocked by the horrific scenes of war in Ukrainian cities. Our concerns, prayers and thoughts are with you as leaders and with our brothers and sisters of the Jewish Community of Ukraine. During difficult times like these, we may be disheartened in realizing how little the world has learned from the devastation of past wars and atrocities, yet we grow stronger, more determinate and more motivated to continue our work for peace and welfare, against injustice and oppression of human rights.

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OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE ISRAELI PRESIDENT HERZOG IN ATHENS. MEETINGS WITH GREEK POLITICAL LEADERS AND THE GREEK JEWISH LEADERSHIP Print E-mail
Friday, 25 February 2022 12:05

The leadership of the Greek Jewish Community and representatives of the Greek Jewish Youth had the opportunity to meet the President of the State of Israel Isaac Herzog at a special event held on the side of his official visit to Greece, on February 24, 2022.

The Israeli President, accompanied by the Israeli ambassador to Greece Mr. Yossi Amrani, was welcomed by KIS President David Saltiel, who briefed him on the key issues and the ongoing projects of the Greek Jewish Community. The Israeli President Herzog in his address referred to the thriving relations between Greece and Israel and the important role of the Jews of Greece as a determining link of this relation. There followed an open discussion focused on international, Israeli and Greek Jewish issues.

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