Mr. Theodoros Pangalos, Member of the Parliament in Greece, received three bottles of wine from the Embassy of Israel in Greece, as a Christmas gift, with the compliments of the Ambassador of Israel in Greece. Mr. Pangalos returned the gift to the Ambassador of Israel with the following letter:
Dear Mr. Ambassador,
Thank you for the 3 bottles of wine that you sent me as season’s greetings. I wish you, your family and everybody in the Embassy a happy new year.
Unhappily, I noticed that the wine you have sent me has been produced in the Golan Heights. I have been taught since I was very young not to steal and not to accept products of theft. So I cannot possibly accept this gift and I must return it to you.
As you know, your country illegally occupies the Golan Heights which belong to Syria, according to International Law and numerous decisions of the International Community.
I take this opportunity to express my hope that Israel will find security in its internationally recognized borders and the terrorist activities against Israel territory will be contained and made impossible, but I also hope that your government will cease practicing the policy of collective punishment which was applied on a mass scale by Hitler and his armies.
Actions such as those of the Israel military in Gaza remind the Greek people of similar Holocausts such as in Kalavrita or Doxato or Distomo and certainly in the ghetto of Warsaw.
With these thoughts, allow me to express to you my best wishes for you, the Israeli people and all the peoples of our region of the world.
Member of Parliament
30 December 2009
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