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GREECE ADOPTS THE DEFINITIONS OF IHRA FOR ANTI-SEMITISM AND HOLOCAUST DENIAL – ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER Print E-mail
Monday, 11 November 2019 08:17
On the eve of the Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht) anniversary, one of the most tragic moments in Jewish history, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Mr. David Saltiel and members of the Board, as well as with the Head of the Greek Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), Dr. Efstathios C.  Lianos Liantis, in order to announce the adoption by Greece of the IHRA Working Definitions on anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial.

The Definition of anti-Semitism has been adopted by many countries members and non-members of the European Union as well by the European Parliament, which has called its member-states to incorporate it into their national legislations, through its relevant directive.  However, with today’s announcement Greece becomes the first country to adopt the Working Definition of Holocaust Denial and Distortion, in an act of great historical importance.

The Prime Minister was briefed on the preparation of the 2021 Greek Chairmanship of the IHRA, an event that will bring the country at the forefront among States that fight anti-Semitism and have a decisive say in the preparation and implementation of legislative and educational initiatives to combat it.

The Greek IHRA Chairmanship, which coincides with the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution, will promote a network of academic, educational and cultural activities focusing on the role of education and social media in preserving Holocaust Remembrance, as well on promoting the two-thousand-year-old history of Greek Jews. The Prime Minister assigned the oversight of this project as well as the coordination and supervision of the integration of the Definitions into domestic legislation and education to the Vice-President of the Government, Mr. Panagiotis Pikrammenos, who participated in today's meeting.
Source: www.primeminister.gr, 8.11.2019

Relevant:
KIS Announcement, 9.11.2019
EJP, 10.11.2019
AJC, 8.11.2019: AJC praises Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis for endorsing international antisemitism definition


 
THE PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE HAS BEEN DECORATED BY ITALY Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 November 2019 10:13

In a humble ceremony held at the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, on November 18th, 2019, Mr. David Saltiel, President of the Central Board of the Jewish Communities in Greece and President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki was decorated with the medal and title of Ufficiale dell’ Ordine della Stella d’ Italia - Officer of the Order of the Italian Star - by His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy to Greece Mr. Luigi Marras.

In its tweet the Italian Embassy mentioned David Saltiel as a "True friend of Italy". The title of Officer constitutes the highest level of the Order of the Italian Star, as Mr. D. Saltiel was already honored with the title of Commander of that Order, since 2008.  The Order is bestowed to outstanding personalities for their contribution in promoting business and cultural relations between Italy and other countries.

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20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ETZ HAYYIM SYNAGOGUE OF HANIA Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 13:58

The 20th anniversary of the restoration of the Synagogue of Hania, on the island of Crete, was marked with the series of cultural events that took place in Hania from October 13 to 27, 2019. The events, which were organized by the Non-profit Corporation Etz Hayyim, included the celebration of Sukkot, a photographic exhibition on the restoration of the Synagogue and its remarkable cultural activity for the past 20 years, educational workshops on Jewish Cretan history, a concert with the “Klezmer Yunan band” who remix Jewish Klezmer and Greek folk songs, the exhibition of the Heritage Contact Zone entitled “Parallel points of view”, an audio-visual presentation of material on Etz Hayyim, a culinary experience with food sampling of Greek Jewish recipes based on Nikos Stavroulakis’ “Cookbook of the Jews of Greece”, a literary reading by the renowned British poet Ruth Padel on the theme “Etz Hayyim in poetry and prose”.

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PRESIDENT PAVLOPOULOS OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW WING OF JEWISH MUSEUM IN THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 11:46

By  Nick Kampouris

The President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos officially opened the new wing of the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki on Sunday afternoon October 27th, 2019.

In his remarks, President Pavlopoulos noted the need to remember that the Holocaust was the most atrocious crime against humanity at a time when admirers of Nazism and fascism are emerging again in Europe. President Pavlopoulos highlighted the need to remember, for the sake of humanity, that the Holocaust was the most atrocious crime of all because it insulted human existence itself and totally discredited the value of human life and individual freedom and dignity. ”So, it can never happen again, at any cost,” Pavlopoulos declared. The President of the Republic said that he would like the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki to serve as a beacon for the fulfillment of the self-evident and permanent duty to remember those crimes against humanity. 

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ANTISEMITΙC ATTACKS IN HALLE GERMANY Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 October 2019 11:59

A German neonazi chose the holy day of Yom Kippur, when the Jews all over the world gather and pray in synagogues, to attack and spread terror and death at the Synagogue of Halle, in Germany, murdering two people and injuring others.

The perpetrator’s message of hatred and Holocaust denial, 75 years after the Holocaust, indicates that antisemitism in Europe is not part of a tragic past but an existing present manifested in a brutal practice of violence leaving innocent victims.

Europe must protect its Jewish citizens and effectively deal with antisemitism, considering it as a threat against democracy itself, and as violation of fundamental human rights. The attack against the synagogue proves that hate rhetoric swiftly evolves into violence and bloodshed.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), which represents all Jewish Communities in Greece, thanks the Ministry of Citizen Protection and especially the Greek police department for having timely and effectively taken all necessary measures for the security of all Jewish sites of interest around Greece. We also welcome the immediate reaction of the Greek Education Minister, Mrs Niki Kerameus, who expressed her repugnance for the attack and stressed that “this incident reminds us -in the most harsh way- of our duty to continue our struggle against anti-Semitism”.

KIS expresses the deep sorrow and the condolences of the Greek Jewry to the families of the victims, along with its solidarity towards the Jewish Community of Halle. Terror and fear will not break us. We are here to keep defending the principles of humanism against intolerance and antisemitism.

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