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ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE REGARDING THE CUSTOM OF THE “BURNING OF ΤΗΕ EFFIGY OF JUDAS” Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 April 2018 08:16

During the Easter holidays, various customs take place in our country. One of these is the "burning of the effigy of Judas", which takes place in some areas of the country. This custom perpetuates stereotyped perceptions against the Jews. It is significant that the custom has almost been eliminated in the rest of Europe.

In the past, we, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, have repeatedly proceeded with representations to competent bodies in order to stop the custom in our country. The fact that the Church of Greece, with its Synodic Circulars of 1891, 1910 and 1918, demanded that "these customs are expressly forbidden" is of particular significance.

We believe that this custom not only offends the Greek Jewish community but also affects every effort towards the understanding and respect of common values ​​that characterise Judaism and Christianity. We hope that everyone will eventually contribute to the abolition of this custom that does not serve the spirit of love and reconciliation which is conveyed during the days of Easter.

Athens, 11 April  2018

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE BRUTAL MURDER OF FRENCH JEWISH HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR MIREILLE KNOLL Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:29
Brutality struck again Paris, the “city of light” of the European civilization, with the murder of the 85year-old Mireille Knoll, a French Jewish woman and a Holocaust survivor. 

Some times there are no words fit to describe the grief and repugnance we feel, especially when a human being -who 74 years ago experienced the barbarity of the Nazis in the concentration camps and survived gas chambers- is brutally murdered in 2018. All people in Europe must realize that antisemitism may aim against the Jews but it does not end with the Jews. It threatens the fundamental principles of tolerance, religious freedom and equality, it threatens once more the very essence of European civilization. For this reason, Europe needs to timely and effectively fight against antisemitism in order not to mourn over more victims of fanaticism and intolerance.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the solidarity of the Greek Jews towards the French Jewish Community along with our deepest condolences to the family of Mireille Knoll.
On Friday night we celebrate Pessach, the festivity of the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt towards freedom. We do not forget slavery, we do not forget the hardships our people endured through the millennia of its historic course. On Friday night we will light a candle in the memory of Mireille Knoll.
Athens, March 28, 2018
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE NEW WAVE OF TERROR ATTACKS IN ISRAEL Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 14:26
 The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the profound sorrow of the Greek Jewry for the death of three Israelis murdered over the past week-end. A father of four children was stabbed in Jerusalem and two young soldiers were the victims of a car-ramming attack in the West Bank.

The new wave of terrorism launched by extremist Palestinian organizations against Israel undermines every peace initiative in the region and triggers hatred and fanaticism once more. At last, it needs to be understood that terrorism will not bring peace. Terrorism causes unbearable pain and jeopardizes the atmosphere of trust that must prevail between the two people in order to achieve the longing peace.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece conveys its most sincere condolences to the families of the victims and the people of Israel.

Athens, March 21, 2018
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE DESECRATION OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT IN THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 10:30
Merely a week before the International Holocaust Remembrance Day followers of the Nazi party in Greece stated their presence by desecrating the Holocaust Monument in Thessaloniki with their repulsive signature.

They did not desecrate just the memory of the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki, the 65.000 Jews of Greece, the 6.000.000 Jews of Europe deported and exterminated by the Nazis in the German concentration camps. They desecrated the values of Democracy itself, the very civilization of a city, and proved that the remnants of Nazism have still roots in our country. Roots that -if not eradicated by society- might spread even more guiding us again in the darkest period of world history.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece urges one more time the State Authorities, the Church and the social institutions to firmly condemn the vandal attack against the memory and the history of Thessaloniki and of Greece.

Athens, January 22, 2018 

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ATTACK AGAINST THE GREEK ORTHODOX PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM IN BETHLEHEM Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 11:35

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece unreservedly condemns the attack against the Patriarch of Jerusalem in Bethlehem upon his arrival in the city for the Feast of Epiphany.

We express the abhorrence of Greek Jewry for the violence that has occurred and we feel it’s necessary to stress once that fanaticism, violence and intimidation cannot in any way be accepted or acceptable methods for supporting a position.

Athens, January 9th, 2018
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
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