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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

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE TERRORIST ATTACK IN BARCELONA Print E-mail
Friday, 05 January 2018 14:27

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent the following letter to the Counselor Minister of the Embassy of Spain to Greece Mr. Javier Triana Jimenez, regarding the terrorist attack in Barcelona:

“Dear Minister,

On behalf of the Greek Jewry we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Spanish people for the deadly terror attack that hit the popular tourist area of Las Ramblas in Barcelona. The words are very poor to describe the magnitude of evil, the hatred and the horror of such brutality.

The choice of such a crowded tourist area and the tragic result of the attack, 13 people dead until now and dozens of others injured, shows that the perpetrators wanted to struck the core values of Humanism and Democracy, all principles we stand for and have struggled for.

Joining the whole world, we express our most heartfelt sorrow and condolences to the families of the victims, wishing to all those injured to have a speedy and full recovery. 

On behalf of the Greek Jewry, we kindly ask you to convey this message to the Spanish Government and remain”.

Athens, August 18, 2017

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
ATHENS HOLOCAUST MONUMENT VANDALIZED Print E-mail
Friday, 05 January 2018 14:25
The Holocaust Monument in Athens, close to the Synagogue and the community headquarters, was vandalized. Two parts of the three-fold inscription situated next to the Monument -with the message of Elie Wiesel to the passers by, in three languages (Greek, English and French)- were stripped off on the night of Friday December 1st, 2017.
The inscription -inter alia- reads: «Pause a while as you pass by, close your eyes and remember….Just remember. For by remembering we honour their death and we save them from dying again – in oblivion».

The Athens Municipality reacted immediately issuing an announcement, which was posted on the Municipality’s facebook and website.  The Municipality condemned the violent act and assured the Jewish community that it will provide for the reparation of the damage.
The desecration was also condemned by the Athens Jewish Community President, Minos Moissis, through the Community’s facebook and website, and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS). Our Board addressed a letter to the Minister of Citizen Protection asking for increased protection measures and for the arrest of the perpetrators. Secretary General for Religious Affairs, George Kalantzis, also issued a condemning announcement pointing out that this "atrocious act is also a constant reminder of our own duty to defend justice, truth and the memory of the six million exterminated Jews…”. 
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KISE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE RECOGNITION OF JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL'S CAPITAL FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA Print E-mail
Friday, 05 January 2018 14:24

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece acknowledges the importance of President Trump’s announcement that reflects in the most official way the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States.

The State of Israel, as any sovereign state, is legitimized to define its own capital. The State of Israel maintains its primary governmental and State’s authorities in Jerusalem, and all foreign leaders visiting Israel are hosted in Jerusalem as well.

 

The holy sites of all three of the world's monotheistic faiths are situated in Jerusalem. For decades, the State of Israel guarantees free access and prayer for Jews, Christians and Muslims, to the holy places which are administrated by Jewish, Islamic and Christian authorities respectively.  

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece wishes that the voices of prudence and logic will prevail on all sides in order to maintain the harmonious living together of the inhabitants of Jerusalem and in order to reach soon the goal of a peace treaty that will ensure the peaceful and safe coexistence of Israelis and Palestinians, with respect for the rights of both sides.

Athens, December 7th, 2017
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH
COMMUNITIES IN GREECE
 
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