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STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE on the result of the Greek Elections Print E-mail
Monday, 26 January 2015 13:40
The General National elections held in Greece on January 25, 2015, resulted in the victory of the SYRIZA party of the Left, and positioned the neonazi party of Golden Dawn in the third place, after having gained the 6.3% of the vote. In the aftermath of the elections, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Mr. Moses Constantinis, from Krakow, where he arrived today as part of the Greek National Delegation, which will attend tomorrow the ceremony in Auschwitz marking the International Holocaust Remembrance, made the following statement:

“We congratulate SYRIZA, the winning party of yesterday’s elections, and convey our best wishes. The Greek Jewish Community, the oldest in Europe and an integral part of the Greek society, has always supported the national struggles and has contributed to the progress of the country and will continue to do so by supporting the next government, in confidence that stability will be consolidated and development will continue so that the country fully overcomes the crisis.

 

On the other hand, I point out that the Greek Jewry is shocked by the fact that yesterday’s elections indicated the pro-Nazi party as the third political power in Greece, the country that gave birth to Democracy and put the roots of the Western civilization.

Although the party of the seekers of Nazism has clearly demonstrated its position and intentions, it continues to misguide part of the Greek people by exploiting poverty and suffering. 

Once again the Greek Jewry sends a warning signal. The revival of extreme ideologies in Europe and in Greece incubates serious dangers. If the world has forgotten or even worse if it has not learned from the Holocaust and the devastation that Nazism has brought to Greece and to the whole of Europe, then tomorrow’s ceremony for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, has no meaning, and it only reminds us that many more initiatives should be undertaken at national and European level”.

Athens, January 26, 2015

CENTRAL BOARD OF
JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 

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