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LETTER OF THE GREEK JEWRY TO GREEK P.M. TSIPRAS Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 September 2015 12:42

A number of anti-Semitic and racist twits, posted in the past by Independent Greeks MP Dimitris Kammenos, triggered a massive response on social media in the night of September 23, 2015, that ultimately resulted into the resignation of MP D. Kammenos, just a few hours after his appointment as deputy Transport Minister in the newly formed Greek coalition Government.
On the issue, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece addressed to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras the following letter:

“Please accept the warmest congratulations of the Greek Jewry on the occasion of your re-election as Prime Minister of Greece.
We wish to inform you that from the evening of last Tuesday Sept. 22, until the evening of Wednesday Sept. 23, the Greek Jews, as well as the Jews all over the world, observed the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, a holiday dedicated to judgment, introspection, self awareness, self criticism and forgiveness. According to Judaism this is a day of prayer asking God to grant health, peace and justice to all humanity.

Mr. President, we wish to express our satisfaction over the fact that on this precise day, a person that had expressed hideous and insulting views against the Jews, against civilization and against the democratic feeling of the Greek society, was removed from your Government following the outrage of thousands of people on the social media that have sent a clear message against racism and anti-Semitism.
With the removal of this person from your Government a determined message was sent: that racism and anti-Semitism have no place in Greece, neither should have a place in Europe.
We wish you the best of success in this difficult duty that you have assumed for the benefit of Greece and the Greek people”.

Athens, September 24, 2015
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece


RELEVANT ARTICLES:

- E- Kathimerini, Sept. 24, 2015
- E-Kathimerini, Sept. 23, 2015
- HAARETZ, Sept. 24, 2015
- WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS, Sept. 24, 2015






 

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