Greek Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Konstantinos Gavroglou announced that the Ministry will be the first in Greece to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.

The Minister announced the adoption of the definition at a  ceremony bestowing the title of “Righteous Among the Nations” on the family of Constantine Giannitsis who rescued the family of Asher Moissis during the Occupation in Greece.

The minister cited the European Parliament Resolution of 1 June 2017 on combatting antisemitism, which calls on the Member States and the Union institutions and agencies to adopt and apply the definition.

“There is a need to strengthen acts and ideas safeguarding democracy against the poison of fascism and of racism which have appeared again throughout Europe”, Mr. Gavroglou added.

The announcement was welcomed by the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), the country’s EJC affiliate.