Greek Jews call for the abolition of the “burning of the Judas”

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The ‘burning of the Judas’ in the village of Tolo, on the Peloponnese peninsula (Easter 2018). Screenshot via YouTube.

Announcement by the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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

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Η λωρίδα πάνω στο συρματόπλεγμα

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Σκίτσο του Μιχάλη Κουντούρη στην “Εφημερίδα των Συντακτών”

Στην Ελλάδα της ασυδοσίας του λόγου, δημοσιεύτηκε και πάλι σκίτσο που συνδέει την κατάσταση στη Λωρίδα της Γάζας με τη σημειολογία του Άουσβιτς (Εφημερίδα των Συντακτών, 10/4/2018). Προσθέτοντας ανάμεσα στα συρματοπλέγματα του στρατοπέδου συγκέντρωσης/εξόντωσης ένα κομματάκι γης και τέσσερις λέξεις, ο σκιτσογράφος έδωσε νέα ώθηση στον ιστορικό ρεβιζιονισμό της Αριστεράς. Θλιβερή και απαράδεκτη αγραμματοσύνη, λίγες μέρες πριν την Yom HaShoah.

Rede von Jannis Boutáris, Oberbürgermeister von Thessaloniki, zum Holocaust-Gedenktag

Via Initiativgruppe ΠΟΠ & Jürgen Rompf

Rede von Jannis Boutáris, Oberbürgermeister von Thessaloniki. Gehalten wurde diese Rede am Gedenktag an den Holocaust, am 28. Januar 2018, aus Anlass der Grundsteinlegung des Neuen Jüdischen Museums in Thessaloniki.

Jannis Boutáris, Oberbürgermeister von Thessaloniki, setzte mit einer Rede Ende Januar in Thessaloniki einen Meilenstein. Deutlich wie noch nie jemand zuvor brandmarkte er die Indifferenz des griechischen Staates und vieler Bürger Thessalonikis gegenüber dem Schicksal der jüdischen Gemeinde der nordgriechischen Metropole. Das „Jerusalem des Balkans“ war im Zweiten Weltkrieg zerstört worden, seine Bewohner zum größten Teil in den deutschen Konzentrationslagern ums Leben gekommen. Boutáris engagiert sich seit Jahren dafür, alle Facetten der Geschichte der Stadt zur Sprache zu bringen. Die Rede, in der Übersetzung von Hans Eideneier, wurde am Mittwoch, 7. März 2018 in der GRIECHENLAND ZEITUNG veröffentlicht! Die Rede auf Griechisch finden sie hier auf der offiziellen Webseite der Stadt Thessaloniki.


Im Sommer 1945 trat Buena Sarfatí einmal vor die Tür ihres Hauses. Eine Jüdin mit dreißig Jahren, eine Salonikianerin von Großvater zu Großvater, war Buena vor kurzem nach Thessaloniki zurückgekehrt aus den Bergen, wohin sie geflohen war, anfangs zu den Kampfverbänden der EDES (Nationale Republikanische Liga), später zur EAM (Nationale Volksbefreiungsfront) und zuletzt auf der Flucht nach Palästina. Ihr Bruder Eliaou, ihre Schwester Regina, ihre hundertjährige Großmutter Miriam und ihre Tanten hatten nicht das gleiche Glück. Aus dem Wagon des Zuges, der sie nach Auschwitz-Birkenau bringen sollte, sahen sie die Stadt, die man das „Jerusalem des Balkans“ nannte, an jenem Tag im Frühjahr 1943 zum letzten Mal. Wenige Stunden nach ihrer Ankunft wurden sie zusammen mit weiteren tausend Glaubensgenossen in die Krematorien gebracht. Ihr Leben und mit ihnen das Leben des jüdischen Thessaloniki, unseres Thessaloniki, war zur Asche geworden, die über die unwirtlichen Gefilde Polens verstreut wurde.

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Greek Police arrest members of Nazi group “C18 Hellas”

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Credit: The Jewish Community of Athens (athjcom.gr)

Greek Counter Terrorism Police arrested 11 suspected members of violent Nazi group “C18 Hellas” last week, during an operation in greater Athens and two provincial towns.

The suspects are allegedly members of the Greek branch of the extreme right wing group “Combat 18” also known as “C18”, which operates in various countries.

A 35-year-old gas station employee from Ioannina, northwestern Greece, is believed to have led the group, ekathimerini.com reports.

“C18” is responsible for bombing attacks against anarchist and migrant related targets and has ties with another violent Greek Nazi group named “Unaligned Meander Nationalists” (Greek abbreviation: AME). Many Greek news outlets failed to mention that both organisations have signed numerous desecrations of Jewish Monuments and Cemeteries in Greece:

  • Oktober 2015: The entrance of the Jewish Cemetery in Nikaia (an area outside Athens) was vandalized with threatening graffiti featuring nazi symbols. “C18 Hellas” posted pictures of the vandalism online, claiming responsibility for the action.
  • December 2014: AME members scrawled swastikas and threats on the wall of the Jewish Cemetery of Larissa, posting photos of their action online.
  • Oktober 2014: AME left its signature on the Athens Holocaust Monument.
  • Oktober 2012: Desecration of the Holocaust Memorial of the Jews of Rhodes. The monument is located in the Old City and the perpetrators painted with paint all six sides, while they painted the swastika, adding the initials AME.

The case (that led to the Greek police counter-terrorism unit acts) was filed after complaints by Greek Helsinki Monitor, based also on articles by XYZ Contagion blog.

For more information: Greece: Violent fringe Nazi groups dismantled, by Panayote Dimitras (14/3/2018, hopenothate.org.uk).

Ο Ιωσήφ Μεβοράχ για τους Καβαλιώτες Εβραίους (βίντεο)

Ο Ιωσήφ Μεβοράχ, ένας από τους ελάχιστους εν ζωή Καβαλιώτες Εβραίους, ανατρέχει στην πλούσια ιστορία της Εβραϊκής Κοινότητας της πόλης. Στη διήγησή του, δεν παραλείπει να αναφερθεί στην περίοδο της βουλγαρικής κατοχής, που αποδείχθηκε ολέθρια για τον εβραϊκό πληθυσμό της Καβάλας. Ένα αφιέρωμα του ENA Channel με αφορμή τη συμπλήρωση 75 χρόνων από τον αφανισμό των Καβαλιωτών Εβραίων.

Komotini Holocaust memorial vandalized three times in matter of months

The Komotini Holocaust memorial (northeastern Greece) has been vandalized three times in a span of four months’ time, Deputy Mayor Ioannis Mourtidis recently admitted on Facebook.

The Holocaust memorial was defaced for the fourth time on 5th of January 2018 or before, as unknown vandals threw red color on top the monument (see photo below).

The Municipality of Komotini erected the Holocaust memorial in the municipal park of Agia Paraskevi in 2004.

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Source: Facebook

 

Protesters display antisemitic signs outside parliament in Athens

Hundreds of thousands of Greeks rallied outside parliament in Athens on Sunday to protest against the use of the term Macedonia in any settlement the government pursues with the ex-Yugoslav Republic to end a decades-old name row, Reuters reports.

A sea of people waved blue and white Greek flags. A photographer captured protesters outside parliament holding a banner promoting antisemitism and conspiracy theories. The banner reads “Against New World Order” and features the Star of David and a Freemason symbol in prohibition signs.

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Photo credits: Dimitris Kleanthis / Source: Athens Voice

Holocaust memorial in Thessaloniki desecrated with “Golden Dawn” graffiti

Only days after the desecration with “Free Palestine” graffiti, the Thessaloniki Holocaust memorial was vandalized by Greek nazis with “Golden Dawn” graffiti (see photo of the new vandalism below).

Tens of thousands of Greeks protested today in Thessaloniki the use of the name “Macedonia” in a solution to a dispute between Greece and Republic of Macedonia.

The rally drew around 90,000 people, according to police estimates. It was attended by politicians, members of Greek diaspora groups and some hard-line clerics. MPs of the extreme-right Golden Dawn also joined the protest. (via)

Earlier today, Greek news outlet thestival.gr detected antisemitic leaflets at the White Tower square targeting the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris, and calling him “a slave of the Jews”.

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