The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Greek Jewry unequivocally condemn Iran's attack against Israel, on April 14.4.2024, with hundreds of missiles and stand by the side of the long-suffering people of Israel who, once again in their history, are demonstrating extraordinary strength and resilience. The barrage of Iranian attacks was launched to harm Israeli citizens, as part of Iran's longstanding policy of wiping the State of Israel off the world map. Thanks to the high sense of patriotism, the high technological expertise and readiness of the Israeli security forces along with the cooperation with allied countries - such as the USA, Great Britain, France and Jordan - this attack was successfully intercepted.

The recent Iranian missile attack, as well as the attacks launched at Israel by Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Houthis, once again indicate Iran as the orchestrator and instigator of global terrorism. Just as the alarm of incoming fire sounds in Israel daily, the alarm of the threat to our democratic values ​​and societies from Islamic fundamentalism sounds daily in the Western world.

The international community has a shared responsibility to respond and protect our civilization by fighting terrorism. Europe has a moral duty to defend the existence of the State of Israel as the home for Jews who survived the Holocaust.

At the same time, Hamas, the proxy of Iran, continues to hold hostage in the bowels of Gaza 133 Israelis it kidnapped during the deadly terrorist massacre of October 7, 2023, that costed the lives of 1.200 Israeli citizens.

A few days before the Jewish festivity of Passover, the celebration of the Jewish exodus from Egypt towards freedom, we call on international organizations and the international community to apply pressure for the immediate release of the Israeli hostages.

Athens, 15 April 2024
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece