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THESSALONIKI MAYOR BOUTARIS SWORN IN WEARING YELLOW STAR OF DAVID Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2014 13:47
- KIS addressed a letter to Mayor Boutaris on his symbolic gesture
 
Following the initiative of the re-elected Mayor of Thessaloniki Yiannis Boutaris to attend his swearing in ceremony with the Star of David pinned to his jacket, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece addressed the following letter to Mayor Boutaris:

Dear Mr. Mayor,
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece warmly congratulates you on your highly symbolic initiative to swear in as mayor of Thessaloniki wearing the Star of David with the word ‘Jude’ on it, which reminds of the most dark and sad page in the contemporary history of your city, of our country and of the entire Europe as well.
Yet, beyond remembrance, your gesture sends a strong and clear message to those nostalgic of Nazism and Fascism that under your leadership your city will continue to fight against any phenomena of racism, intolerance and anti-Semitism.
Once again we wish you the best of success in your work.

Sincerely Yours
The President Benjamin Albalas
The Secretary General Victor Isaac Eliezer
 
* The following related article was published on ekathimerini.com, on Thursday August 28, 2014:

"Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris wore a yellow Star of David badge, like the ones worn by Jews rounded up in the northern city during the Second World War, on Thursday August 28, 2014, for his swearing-in ceremony.

Boutaris pinned the badge to his jacket amid protest by leftists against the presence of Golden Dawn MP Artemis Matthaiopoulos on the municipal council. Mathaiopoulos gained 7.7 percent of the vote when he stood for Thessaloniki mayor in May’s local elections, helping Golden Dawn elect two councillors.
Protesters exchanged chants and insults with Golden Dawn supporters who sat in the opposite public gallery at the municipal council. Boutaris pleaded with both sides to calm down.

“The municipal council is not a coffee house or a soccer stadium,” said Boutaris, who prevailed comfortably in May’s elections, winning 58.1 percent of the vote in the second round to secure a second term.

His decision to wear the yellow badge carries significant symbolism as almost 90 percent of Thessaloniki’s Jews were killed during the Second World War after being transported to Nazi German concentration camps, leaving only some 10,000 survivors".

Source: ekathimerini.com , Thursday August 28, 2014

 

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