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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE WORKING DEFINTION OF ANTISEMITISM BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:24
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the announcement of the Minister of Education Kostas Gavroglou for the adoption of the working definition of anti-Semitism by the General Secretariat for Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Education.

The Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, during his speech at the ceremony for the presentation of the Yad Vashem awards which was held on 11.2.2019 in Athens, announced that in the context of covering the needs for planning and implementing actions and initiatives on combating anti-Semitism, the General Secretariat for Religious Affairs has adopted the working definition of anti-Semitism as it was set out at the Plenary meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) on May 26, 2016 with the active participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic.

It is to be recalled that by Resolution B8-0383/2017 on combating anti-Semitism (2017/2692 (RSP)), the European Parliament, inter alia, “[…] calls on the Member States and the Union institutions and agencies to adopt and apply the working definition of anti-Semitism employed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)”.

We also welcome the Secretary General George Kalantzis’ statement that “adopting the working definition of anti-Semitism is historically significant and that it is a particular honor for the General Secretariat for Religious Affairs to be the first General Secretariat to adopt it”.

We believe that the adoption of the working definition of anti-Semitism contributes decisively to the understanding of anti-Semitism as a phenomenon threatening the values of democracy.

It must be clear that the struggle against anti-Semitism is a fight in favor of the human rights, in favor of the religious freedom, a fight for the tolerance of diversity, in favor of democracy itself. Because the “targeting” starts against the Jews, but doesn’t end with the Jews. When the Nazis executed the plan for the extermination of the Jewish people, the homosexuals, the Roma and the “other different”, their goal was to exterminate democracy itself, culture and freedom.

The aim must be one and only: zero tolerance to anti-Semitism and intolerance.

 Athens, February 12, 2019

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 

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