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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 07:35

The Greek Reporter, June 19, 2017, by Kerry Kolasa – Sikiaridi: Greek-Jews thanked the residents of the village of Amarantos in Karditsa on Sunday who protected them or their relatives from the Nazis during World War II, during the unveiling of a monument of “eternal gratitude and recognition” to commemorate the event.

“Those residents who are still living and those of you who have passed, have a special place in our hearts, of eternal gratitude. I see around me my family, children, grandchildren, relatives and on behalf of all, I have to thank you with all my heart because we exist thanks to you,” the president of the Jewish Community of Karditsa, Maki Kapeta, told the 500 attendees.

The residents of Amarantos, called Mastroyianni in the ’40s, offered a safe haven and hospitality to the 62 Greek-Jews of Karditsa and another 20 from Thessaloniki, Volos and Trikala from the autumn of 1943 until the summer of 1944, sharing their scarce food supplies they had in their homes.

Victor Venouziou, a retired civil engineer from Karditsa who lives in Thessaloniki, and a life-long honorary member of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, is one of the ten living survivors who were hidden by locals in a house in Amarantos and the one who paid for the creation of the monument. He thanked the residents of Amarantos and the municipality of Karditsa. “I would like to say it loud, a big ‘well done’ to the Mastroyiannites [and] to the organizations EAM-ELAS a ‘thank you’; they were the ones who saved us. The support of EAM was crucial,” he said.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 09:37

On June 15, 2017 the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki welcomed the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara in the Monastiriotes Synagogue.

«This is very moving to be here in this architectural gem, but more than being a beautiful building, it’s evocative of the great history and the great tragedy that befell the Jews of Greece», said the Israeli Prime Minister upon his arrival, after the choir of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki concluded singing “Yerushalayim shel zahav".

David Saltiel, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, welcoming the Israeli Prime Minister, referred to the long history of Jews in Greece, the importance of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, its almost complete annihilation during the Holocaust as well as to the efforts made by the very few survivors to revive the Community from its ashes and make it once again a living and thriving part of the city of Thessaloniki.

He also noted that the Prime Minister’s visit to Greece is of great importance to the Community and comes at an important point in time concerning the Greek – Israeli  relations. Today, after the Holocaust, all eight Jewish communities remaining in Greece, as well as the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, are trying hard to remain highly active organizations. Finally, he underlined the initiative of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki for the creation of the Holocaust Museum of Greece, which will become a world-class monument against racism, changing the horizon of the western entrance to the city and the map of the Holocaust monuments and museums of Europe.

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 12:07
The terrorist attack that occurred on Saturday night, June 3, 2017, on the London Bridge and in the Borough Market, just a few days before the important national elections in Great Britain, and only a few days after the deadly Manchester Arena bombing, is the third terrorist attack in Great Britain within three months. Seven people have been killed and at least 48 injured in this new terror incident. 

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses, first of all, its unwavering support to the British people and the warmest condolences of the Greek Jewry to the families of the victims.

In the same time we express our profound concern about the increase of terrorist attacks perpetrated by the Islamic State (ISIS) which has also claimed responsibility for this new double attack in London.

Within a few months, several deadly and atrocious terror attacks have struck Great Britain -a country that has adopted the multicultural agenda more than any other European country. Europe should be awaken and mobilized, join its forces against terrorism, rethink its counter-terrorism strategy, while remaining faithful to the principles and ideals of enlightenment and European democracy.

Athens, June 6, 2017

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:46

The research study «Anti-Semitism in Greece today: Expressions, causes and tackling of the phenomenon», which is one of the very few pertinent public opinion polls, has been presented in Thessaloniki during a special event that took place on Wednesday May 3, 2017. The event, which was attended and addressed by European Commission’s Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism in Europe, Katharina von Schnurbein, was organized by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Greece, the foundation that published the research in a book with the same title.

The research program, conducted by Giorgos Antoniou, Spyros Kosmidis, Elias Dinas and Leon Saltiel, has been presented by George Antoniou (Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Thessaloniki) and Spyros Kosmidis (Lecturer, University of Oxford).

The important current research looks into the causes and expressions of anti-Semitism in Greece, proposing measures and policies effectively dealing with the phenomenon, based on the assumption that the Holocaust was an unprecedented crime against humanity that cannot be time-barred.

The EU Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism, Katharina von Schnurbein, in her opening remarks stressed that not all EU states have integrated into their law systems the European legislation against Anti-Semitism; she also informed the audience that Europe is in cooperation with the biggest foreign companies in the social media, in order to fight the spread of Anti-Semitic stereotypes through the social media. Maria Giannakaki, General Secretary of Transparency and Human Rights of the Ministry of Justice, stressed that «[Anti-Semitism] is the most time-resistant form of racism and discrimination».

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 08:39

In an article published on the news site (May 10, 2017), entitled “In bloody ink”, journalist and cartoonist Stathis (Stavropoulos) denounces attempts to incriminate criticism against Israel that present it as anti-Semitism in order to annul such political criticism. The article is accompanied by a cartoon which pictures free opinion killed by Israel. The article and cartoon were Stathis response to the publication of a survey on Anti-Semitism in Greece which shows high rates of anti-Semitic feelings in Greece. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following announcement on New Anti-Semitism:  
Certain anti-Semitic articles and cartoons in the press and on the internet contribute to the building up of a stereotype based on drawing parallels among “Jews”, “Zionists” and “Nazis”, equalizing the first with the latter, within a context of a frenetic trend to demonize the Sate of Israel and its people, present them as “Nazis” and as the incarnation of absolute evil. This is the fundamental principle of the so-called “New Anti-semitism”.

Journalists, cartoonists and media use deliberately the term “agents” of Israel, to avoid being accused of anti-Semitism, giving as a pretext that they do not aim against the Jews but against the Zionists. In this spirit, the Extreme Right coined the term “Jewish Zionist”. This new form of Anti-semitism is in use both by the Extreme Right, as well as by many groups of the Left who wish to delegitimize the very right of existence of the State of Israel. 

We were very disappointed when we read the new anti-Semitic libel of the Greek columnist Stathis, which he accompanied with an outrageous cartoon. He defies Greek and international surveys which underline the rise of anti-Semitic stereotypes among the Greeks; he demonizes the State of Israel (the only democratic state in the wider sensitive area of the Middle East, and a precious ally of our country in very difficult circumstances); and he accuses and incriminates, with disgraceful, pejorative and insulting characterizations all those who disagree with his opinion and fight boldly against racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitic stereotypes.

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