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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE TRIAL OF GREEK JEWRY REPRESENTATIVES Print E-mail
Friday, 24 May 2013 11:21
On May 22, 2013, Konstantinos Plevris dropped all charges brought against representatives of Greek Jewry, namely Moses Constantinis, the former President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (Greek abbreviation: KISE), Benjamin Albalas, President of the Jewish Community of Athens, Abraham Reitan, former Secretary General of KISE, Leon Gavrielidis former Director of KISE, as well as the representatives of the NGO, Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM), Panayote Dimitras and Andrea Gilbert.
Consequently, the court definitely ended prosecution against the above mentioned individuals on charges of defamation. The same court exonerated the above mentioned representatives of Greek Jewry and the GHM of charges of false accusations.
In a period that racism and anti-Semitism are making their presence felt in Greece, the Central Board of Jewish Communities expresses Greek Jewry’s satisfaction over the fact that its representatives, who defended the dignity of Jews in Greece, serving as witnesses for the prosecution in the trials against Konstantinos Plevris, have finally been cleared of any criminal offence.
 
Athens, May 24, 2013
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR OUTBURST OF ANTISEMITIC SPEECH Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:21
Last week, a number of incidents involving anti-Semitic rhetoric caused the reaction of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, which issued  an announcement.
The announcement refers to Golden Dawn MP Christos Papas who admitted admiration of Hitler during a parliament session: Following a verbal exchange between MP Papas and SYRIZA MP Tatsopoulos the latter read an excerpt from an article written in the past by Christos Papas in which he praised Hitler and national socialism. In response MP Papas thanked MP Tatsopoulos for “having reminded from this podium the writings of his youth” and added that “the future of the world belongs to nationalism”.
The second incident refers to anti-Semitic statements made by the President of LAOS party George Karatzaferis. In his TV show entitled “All Greece, just a neighbourhood”, broadcasted by ART channel (owned by Karatzaferis, former Tele Asty), Karatzaferis, inter alia, pointed out that there are no poor Greek Jews while all other Greeks suffer from the economic crisis.
There follows our Board’s announcement:
“The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, points out that during the previous week, praisers of Nazism and sworn anti-Semites tried to create an atmosphere of Anti-Semitism and to turn the Greek public opinion against the Jews by launching shameless accusations against them, based on Nazi characterised stereotypes.
When a parliamentary praises Nazism in the Greek Parliament, in the bastion of Democracy, and when a political party’s leader launches unfounded and false accusations against the Jews, then extreme Anti-Semitism spreads its tentacles undisturbed, fomenting the foundations of Democracy itself.
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P.M. A. SAMARAS SAYS 'NEVER AGAIN' ON COMMEMORATION OF THESSALONIKI DEPORTATIONS Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:11
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras vowed to crack down on neo-Nazi groups in a landmark speech marking the 70th anniversary of the first deportations of Thessaloniki’s Jews to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
Samaras spoke Sunday at a memorial ceremony at the city’s Monastiriotes Synagogue, the first-ever visit by a sitting prime minister to a synagogue in Greece. [Watch the VIDEO of the P.M.'s speech HERE].
The Greek government will enact legislation that will be “completely intolerant to violence and racism,” Samaras said, noting that with neo-Nazi parties on the rise again in Europe, governments have to “be very careful not to let them gain ground as they did in the 1930s.”
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PROTEST AGAINST TV PROGRAMME Print E-mail
Monday, 15 April 2013 08:33
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent the following letter to Ioannis Alafouzos, president of SKAI media group, regarding the programme presented by journalist G. Tragas with four guest members of parliament from the Golden Dawn party, which was televised by SKAI channel on Sunday 7th April 2013:
 ‘The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece wishes to express its great indignation at the broadcasting, promotion and dissemination of the extremely racist sentiments displayed by Holocaust denialists and proponents of Nazism in Greece through the television programme presented by Mr Tragas on SKAI  television channel.
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70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEPORTATION OF THE THESSALONIKI JEWS - WJC MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY - RESOLUTION BY THE WJC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:19
World Jewish Congress leaders on Sunday March 17, 2013, sent a strong message of solidarity to the Jewish community of Greece as they gathered on Sunday in Thessaloniki to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the roundup and deportation of the Jews from this northern Greek city to the Nazi death camps.
In presence of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Holocaust survivors, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder urged Greece to take decisive action against the growing neo-Nazi movement Golden Dawn which he called “the new Nazis” and “a threat to democracy”. [Watch the VIDEO of R. Lauder's speech HERE].
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