Latest antisemitic incidents in Greece

September 8: At least four banners featuring antisemitic signs were displayed by violent protesters against the Macedonia name deal in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki (h/t Leon Saltiel). They read “Talmud, Qabballah, the Enemy of the Humanity”, “Against New World Order (with a red line erasing the Star of David), “Here Greece, Here Orthodoxy. Death to Zionism” and “Rothschild, your end is coming”.

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“Rothschild, your end ist coming”: One of the antisemitic banners displayed in Thessaloniki. More signs at antisemitism.org.il

Late August: Antisemitic graffiti was sprayed on the wall of a house located in a central street of Sparta. The inscription reads “Death to the Jews” (Θάνατος στους Εβραίους), skalalakonias blog has reported.

Late August: The Ioannina section of leftist “Popular Unity” party opposed in a press release the twinning agreement between the city of Ioannina (northern Greece) and the city of Kiryat Ono calling Israel a “terrorist state”.

August 31: Hate graffiti, propaganda material and several christian symbols were found outside the construction site of a state-funded mosque in Athens, lifo.gr has reported. Some of the flyers posted outside the construction site are clearly antisemitic: “Out with the Freemasons and the Jews” and “All bank are controlled by Zionists,” they read.

August 30: An antisemitic sticker referring to the “Jews and money” stereotype with the slur “Jew dog” was found near the Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki. The sticker was posted by followers of “Father Cleomenis,” a man who dresses as a monk and posts videos of himself on social media vandalizing monuments, most recently the Holocaust memorial in the Central Greece city of Larissa (h/t Racist Crime Watch).

 

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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).

Through the lens of Nissim Levis

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Press Release

The Jewish Museum of Greece would like to invite you to the opening of its periodic exhibition “Through the lens of Nissim Levis: a family, an era”, which will take place on Monday, January 22, 2018.

The exhibition will be realised within the framework of a three-year programme of the JMG with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens, which continuously, consistently and successfully supports the Museum’s work.

The exhibition focuses on Dr. Nissim Levis’ artistic photography, which covers the time period from the last years of the Ottoman rule (1898 – 1913) and the following years of upheaval and change, until 1930. It allows the visitor a glimpse into the life of a prominent family, within a community belonging to the beautiful northern Greek town of Ioannina, just moments before the War ravaged it and changed the fabric of its society forever, through the murder of the great majority of its Jewish inhabitants.

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More information about Nissim Levis (in Greek)

El Maleh Rachamim prayer in Holocaust Memorial ceremony in Ioannina, Greece (2014)

Cantor Haim Ischakis performs El Maleh Rachamim at the Kahal Kadosh Yashan Synagogue in Ioannina, Greece. The video was recorded on Sunday, March 30, 2014 during the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony for the remembrance of the 70 years since the Nazi deportations of Greek Jews. More than 500 people from all over the world, including foreign Diplomats and local dignitaries, attended this moving ceremony organized by the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) and the historical Romaniote local Jewish Community.

Articles about the ceremony:

Greece’s Romaniote Jews remember a catastrophe and grapple with disappearing (JTA)

Greece’s Last Romaniote Jews Remember a Catastrophe (JTA)

The Jewish Community of Ioannina in the spotlight: Two exhibitions in Athens

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“The Jewish Community of Ioannina – The Memory of Artefacts” 
This exhibition highlights historical aspects regarding the daily life of the old Romaniote Community of Ioannina, combining the information with photographic material and authentic objects from the J.M.G. collections, which are presented to the public for the first time, but also with unique artefacts kindly loaned by private individuals.

Joseph Eligia, the Poet of the Lake
This interactive exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to become acquainted with the era, the life and the work of the great scholar and poet from Ioannina, and encourages them to develop a reciprocal dialogue with him, based on the poems and the translations of the holy texts, which he bequeathed us.

The aim of the periodic exhibitions and the related cultural activities is to present the public with elements from the life and traditions of one of the smaller, but yet oldest Jewish communities in Greece, and also to explore its individual and collective contribution to the enrichment of the local urban and social transformations.

The exhibitions are accompanied by a bilingual catalogue, as well as educational programmes specially designed for students.

The exhibitions will be hosted by the Jewish Museum of Greece from January 23 until September 25, 2017.

Inauguration: Monday, January 23, 2017 at 19:00. Open House: 18:00 – 21:00

More information here.

«Η Εβραϊκή Κοινότητα των Ιωαννίνων – Αντικειμένων Μνήμη»
Αναδεικνύει πτυχές της ιστορίας και της καθημερινής ζωής της παλιάς ρωμανιώτικης κοινότητας των Ιωαννίνων, συνδυάζοντας τις πληροφορίες με φωτογραφικό υλικό και αυθεντικά αντικείμενα από τις συλλογές του Ε.Μ.Ε. που παρουσιάζονται για πρώτη φορά στο ευρύ κοινό, αλλά και με πρωτότυπα κειμήλια υπό ευγενική παραχώρηση ιδιωτών.

«Γιοσέφ Ελιγιά, o Ποιητής της Λίμνης»
Αυτή η διαδραστική έκθεση δίνει στους επισκέπτες την ευκαιρία να γνωρίσουν την εποχή, τη ζωή και το έργο του σπουδαίου γιαννιώτη διανοούμενου και ποιητή και τους ενθαρρύνει να αναπτύξουν μια διαλογική σχέση μαζί του, βασισμένη στα ποιήματα και τις μεταφράσεις των ιερών κειμένων που μας κληροδότησε.

Στόχος των περιοδικών εκθέσεων και των συνδεόμενων πολιτιστικών δράσεων, είναι να παρουσιάσουν στο κοινό στοιχεία από τη ζωή και την παράδοση μιας από τις μικρότερες, αλλά και συνάμα παλαιότερες εβραϊκές κοινότητες του ελλαδικού χώρου, και να διερευνήσουν την ατομική και συλλογική προσφορά της στον εμπλουτισμό των τοπικών αστικών και κοινωνικών μετασχηματισμών.

Τις εκθέσεις συνοδεύει δίγλωσσος κατάλογος, καθώς και ειδικά σχεδιασμένα εκπαιδευτικά προγράμματα για το μαθητικό κοινό.

Οι έκθεσεις θα φιλοξενηθούν στο Εβραϊκό Μουσείο της Ελλάδος από τις 23 Ιανουαρίου έως τις 25 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017.

Εγκαίνια: 23.01.2017, 19.00. Διάρκεια Εκδήλωσης: 18:00 – 21:00.

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες εδώ.

Ioannina Synagogue Vandalized with Swastikas

KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SWASTIKAS GRAFFITI ON THE SYNAGOGUE OF IOANNINA

On September 12, 2016, the exterior of the Synagogue of Ioannina was found by local Jewish Community members desecrated with swastikas graffiti. The authorities were notified. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following announcement:

Vandal racists defaced with swastikas the exterior of the surrounding wall of the historic Synagogue of Ioannina, situated in the old walled city, the Kastro (Castle). Vandals drew swastikas also in some houses of the surrounding area.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expressed the Greek Jewry’s repudiation for this hideous act and urged the competent authorities to work for the arrest of the perpetrators as well as for the adequate protection of the Synagogue so as to contain such incidents that stain the image of the city of Ioannina.

Athens, September 12, 2016

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

Source: kis.gr

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Photo courtesy of Alekos Raptis, Ioannina 12/09/2016

 

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Photo courtesy of Alekos Raptis, Ioannina 12/09/2016

An example of how attacks against Jews are normalized in Ioannina

“This particular incident does not concern the typical neonazi crude antisemitism which we see every day in newstands all around Greece with titles like «Zionist plan to exterminate the White Race». On the contrary it offers the token condemnation of nazi murders but takes offense at every facet of Jewish existence. The pretext for this attack is the Holocaust Memorial planned for the city of Ioannina, a city in which faced multiple violent antisemitic acts in the past, albeit met with limited but nevertheless existent resistance by Christians.”

Abravanel, the Blog

Antisemitic articles are so abundant in the Greek Press that one could fill entire volumes with one-year’s output alone. But one would err, should he presume the mere abundance as proof of why Greece is the most antisemitic country in the western world. Instead the feature that sets Greece apart is how normalized and ubiquitous antisemitism is; or as Moses Altcheh says “it is embedded in the society”.

desecrated gravestone form KIS Antisemitic violence; the president of the community saw his own mother’s tomb vandalized and sprayed with animal blood

In an article by Kostas Kaltsis in the Proinos Logos newspaper, we have everything: rhetorical questions whether we should continue talking about the Holocaust, claims that many more Greek Christians died, that Jews do not care about Greek (Christian) deaths, of Jewish influence on how the world evolves, of the genocide of the Palestinians, of accusations of Jews…

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Book bazaar in Northern Greece sells antisemitic publication

It came to the attention of Against Antisemitism – Ενάντια στον αντισημιτισμό that a centrally located book bazaar in Ioannina (or Jannina), the capital of the region of Epirus, sells the antisemitic forgery „The Protocols of the Elders of Zion“ [see photo below]. The book bazaar is held on Averof Street.

Read below our protest (in Greek).

Update, 14/01: The owners of the bazaar responded that they generally oppose censorship of the books sold at the bazaar and believe that the clients should decide themselves if they buy such books or not. We responded that freedom of speech is not unlimited and should be protected by the interdiction of books promoting racism & antisemitism. If Ioannina Book Fest totally opposes censorship, why don’t they sell books praising anti-Greek massacres in the Ottoman Empire or the apartheid in South Africa?

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Photo: Vangelis Vikas (Ioannina, 7/1/2016)

Προς τους ιδιοκτήτες του Ioannina Bookfest BOOKS Bazaar

Σας παρακαλούμε να αποσύρετε άμεσα από τις προθήκες σας το επικίνδυνο λιβελογράφημα «Πρωτόκολλα των Σοφών της Σιών» που στρέφεται κατά των Εβραίων και της Δημοκρατίας. Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο διατίθεται, μάλιστα, στο χώρο σας δίπλα από μεταφραστικό πόνημα του κορυφαίου Γιαννιωτοεβραίου διανοητή Γιωσέφ Ελιγιά, κάτι που προσβάλλει, ασφαλώς, τους Γιαννιωτοεβραίους καθώς και τους υπόλοιπους κατοίκους αυτής της πόλης.

Σας ενημερώνουμε, τέλος, ότι δημοσιεύσαμε την παρούσα διαμαρτυρία στο ιστολόγιο enantiastonantisimitismo.wordpress.com.

Δημήτρης Κράββαρης & Παναγιώτης Κράββαρης

Update, 13/01/2016

Η απάντηση του bookfest.gr:

Αγαπητοί κύριοι,
σας ευχαριστούμε για την επισήμανση
και θα επικοινωνήσουμε με τους υπεύθυνους στα Ιωάννινα,
παρά το γεγονός πως δεν λογοκρίνουμε τους τίτλους που συμμετέχουν
αλλά αφήνουμε στην ευχέρεια του κοινού την επιλογή
ευχαριστούμε
Η ανταπάντησή μας:

Κυρίες, κύριοι,

σας ευχαριστούμε για την απάντησή σας, αν και δεν λάβαμε συγκεκριμένη διαβεβαίωση για το θέμα του βιβλίου του Ελιγιά. Μας συγκινεί η αντίθεσή σας στη λογοκρισία, αλλά επιτρέψτε μας να προσθέσουμε πως αυτό ακριβώς προασπίζει την ελευθερία του λόγου και της ελεύθερης διακίνησης ιδεών: Ο αποκλεισμός βιβλίων μίσους και νοσηρής προπαγάνδας, στα οποία αρέσκονται φασίστες, ρατσιστές κάθε είδους και αντισημίτες. Με την ίδια λογική, γιατί δεν πουλάτε και βιβλία που εξαίρουν το απαρτχάιντ στη Ν. Αφρική ή τη σφαγή χριστιανικών πληθυσμών στην Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία;
Δ. Κράββαρης, Π. Κράββαρης

Έκκληση για οικονομική ενίσχυση με σκοπό την αποκατάσταση των ζημιών στο Εβραϊκό Νεκροταφείο των Ιωαννίνων / Fundraising to restore the Jewish Cemetery of Ioannina (Greece)

Σύμφωνα με το epiruspost.gr, θυελλώδεις άνεμοι προκάλεσαν την Πρωτοχρονιά τεράστιες ζημιές στο Εβραϊκό Νεκροταφείο των Ιωαννίνων. Το μικρό κτίριο που χρησιμοποιείται ως Συναγωγή για τις νεκρώσιμες ακολουθίες, το πλακόστρωτο αλλά και αρκετοί τάφοι υπέστησαν σημαντικές φθορές. Επειδή η ολιγάριθμη Εβραϊκή Κοινότητα των Ιωαννίνων θα είναι αδύνατο να καλύψει από μόνη της το κόστος των ζημιών που ανέρχονται σε πολλές χιλιάδες ευρώ, η Μάρσια Χαντάντ Οικονομόπουλος, διευθύντρια της συναγωγής & του μουσείου Kehila Kedosha Janina στη Νέα Υόρκη, απευθύνει έκκληση για άμεση οικονομική ενίσχυση με σκοπό την αποκατάσταση των ζημιών. Όποια/ος θέλει να βοηθήσει, μπορεί να επικοινωνήσει μαζί της στο μέιλ kehila_kedosha_janina [at] netzero.net.

According to the news portal epiruspost.gr, strong storm winds severely damaged the Jewish Cemetery of Ioannina, Greece on Thursday January 1st. The Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue & Museum of NY, is spearheading a drive to raise money for repairs (estimated at more than $50,000). US residents can donate by sending checks to Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue, 280 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002. For those outside the United States who wish to make bank transfers directly to the Jewish Community of Ioannina, please contact Marcia Ikonomopoulos at kehila_kedosha_janina [at] netzero.net and she will send you the bank information for the Jewish community in Ioannina.

More information: Jewish cemetery in Ioannina, Greece damaged by storm (Jewish Heritage Europe)

Uprooted tree next to tahara house at the Jewish cemetery in Ioannina, Greece. More photos at http://www.jewish-heritage-europe.eu/2015/01/05/jewish-cemetery-in-ioannina-greece-damaged-by-storm/%E2%80%9D

Uprooted tree next to tahara house at the Jewish cemetery in Ioannina, Greece. More photos at http://www.jewish-heritage-europe.eu/2015/01/05/jewish-cemetery-in-ioannina-greece-damaged-by-storm/%E2%80%9D