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ANNOUNCEMENT ΟΝ Α CARTOON TRIVIALIZING THE WESTERN WALL Print E-mail
Friday, 08 January 2016 12:46

The Wailing Wall was used in a cartoon posted on facebook by an internet group called “The Observatory” (Jan. 4) to mock Greek PM Tsipras’ decision to erect a monument, a “sacred wall”, dedicated to the executed activists of the Left during Greece’s civil war. The comment accompanying the cartoon trivializes the Western Wall by pointing out that this monument will be “SYRIZA’S Wailing Wall”, for tears of penitence to be spread over the unmet promises.  The inscription on the wall reads: “Wailing Wall of SYRIZA – Weep to be absolved of your sins”.

       * In reaction to this cartoon, which trivializes the Western Wall and the Jewish faith, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following announcement:

        «The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its resentment over the use of a drawing of the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem, sacred site of the Jews, in a cartoon posted on the facebook account of the web community “Paratiritirio” (Observatory), aiming at mocking political controversies.

The religious comparison as well as the comments accompanying the post are condemnable for any sacred place they refer to.

It is our firm belief that satiric expression should respect all fundamental human rights along with the social, religious and cultural sensitivities of all groups of society».

Athens, January 8, 2016

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE STABBING OF A JEWISH MAN IN MILAN Print E-mail
Friday, 13 November 2015 14:39

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the Greek Jewry’s repudiation and strongly condemns the violent attack with a knife against a Jewish man in Milan. The attack was held yesterday outside the city’s kosher restaurant, in a Jewish neighborhood where the Jewish school is nearby located.

According to the announcement of the Jewish Community of Milan the victim, Nathan Graff, was stabbed 10 times in the face and his back. The Authorities have begun investigations for arresting the perpetrator.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece once again unequivocally points out the danger and the tragic consequences that derive from the dissemination of racial hatred. Rampant violence, in the new form of terror attacks, named as “the terrorism of the knives”, seems that starts to spread and afflict Europe, as manifested in yesterday’s attack in Milan and on other occasions.

European countries by all means must cooperate effectively in order to secure life and safety of their citizens, as well as protect the values of Democracy.

Athens, 13 November 2015
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 

 
BRUSSELS EMBRACES THE ANTI-ISRAEL LABEL Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 November 2015 14:17

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11 NOVEMBER 2015, article by MOSHE KANTOR

Officials need to step back and ask why such a double standard is once again being tolerated in the European Union
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It’s long been said that one of the cornerstones of Europe is fairness. Many politicians here often talk about giving people “a fair chance” in life. But now it seems we’ve reached the limits of that fairness, and it ends at Israel.

On Wednesday the European Union began implementing a labeling regime that requires the clear identification of certain products made in the West Bank. It’s now no longer enough to say where these products came from, as with products from anywhere else in the world. The labels must now also show whether the goods came from an “Israeli settlement.” Officials claim that this is meant to target what they view as Israel’s “occupation,” but what this really does is differentiate and discriminate between goods produced by two peoples living and working in the same territory .

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EJC CALLS ON EUROPEAN GOVERNMENTS TO CLAMP DOWN ON ANTISEMITISM AFTER BRITISH JEWISH TEEN AND DUTCH HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS BRUTALLY ATTACKED Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 07:55
The European Jewish Congress has called on European governments and law enforcement agencies to enact tougher laws and punishments for racist and anti-Semitic attacks after a British Jewish teen was beaten unconscious only a few days after two Holocaust survivors were brutally attacked in their Amsterdam apartment.

“Europe is rightly talking a lot about the lessons learnt from the Second World War in relation to the refugee crisis,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, said. “However, another lesson is that when Jews are beaten in broad daylight on our streets and in homes, then European tolerance is clearly on the wane.”
“Unfortunately, as usual, the Jews, unwillingly, act as a canary in the coalmine for Europe and these attacks are demonstrating once again that Jews are made to feel unsafe around the continent.”
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70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MAUTHAUSEN LIBERATION WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF THE SPEAKER OF THE GREEK PARLIAMENT & GREEK JEWRY’S REPRESENTATIVES Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 07:43

Greek Jewish leaders joined the country’s official delegation at Mauthausen liberation events.

More than 22,000 people including around 50 survivors on Sunday May 10, 2015, marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Mauthausen in Austria, one of the Nazis’ biggest concentration camps, organizers say.

The Greek delegation, headed by the Speaker of the Parliament Zoi Konstantopoulou, paid tribute to the 3.700 Greeks who died in Mauthausen. 

The Greek delegation also included: the Christian Orthodox Metropolitan of Austria Mgr. Arsenios, the Greek government’s representative MP Rachel Makri, the Greek Jewry's representatives, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Moses Constantinis and the President of the 2nd Generation of Holocaust Victims Marios Soussis, the Ambassador of Greece to Austria Crychoula Aleiferi and the Permanent Representative of Greece to OSCE, Ambassador Andreas Papadakis.

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