Greek and Jewish Communities Unite in Toronto

Greek-Jewish FriendshipDuring the Greek exhibition in the State Museum of the Holocaust of Auschwitz event,  co-organized by the Jewish organization B’nai Brith Canada and the Consulate General of Greece in Toronto, the Canadian ambassador of Greece, Mr. Eleftherios Angelopoulos, stressed the importance of the cooperation between the Greek and the Jewish communities in Canada, in order to promote events and activities to benefit their members.

Mr. Angelopoulos referred to the successful visit of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Israel, as well as to the first meeting of the Supreme Ministerial Council for the Cooperation between Greece and Israel, and the participation of many ministers from the two countries, including one-hundred Greek businessmen who participated in a Greek-Israeli business forum.

He also stressed that the governments of Greece and Israel have decided to build a long-term strategic relationship, which will be based on the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries and their people; he stresses the importance of the cooperation between Greece, Cyprus and Israel, for the use and the transportation of the energy resources in the three countries.

The President of B’nai Brith, Dr. Frank Dimant mentioned that the Jewish Community of Canada and his organization welcomes the results of the Greek Prime Minister’s visit to Israel, with complete satisfaction, highlighting that both the Jewish and Greek Community can contribute to the efforts of the two countries. He also stressed that the prosecution of members of Golden Dawn constitutes as an important act of unprecedented political courage of the Greek State.

Fotini Tomai, the director of the Diplomatic and Historical Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who was the invited speaker, shed light on the historical links between the Greek and the Jewish people. She referred to a series of actions done by Greece in favor of the Jewish community and against anti-Semitism; the erection of monuments in honor of the victims of the Holocaust in Athens and in other cities, as well as the teaching of the Holocaust in the Greek schools.  She also referred to Greece’s contribution in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), while she highlighted that Greece condemns the phenomena of racism, anti-Semitism and criminal action, upholding the rule of law with the prosecution of the accused officials of  Golden Dawn.

On his part, the Consul General of Toronto, Dimitris Azemopoulos, in his speech, referred to the support of the persecuted Greek Jews during the period of the Holocaust using historical examples.