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  • How Israeli volunteers on the ground in Europe are helping Syrian refugees

    3 weeks ago

    As the small rubber dinghy crowded with Syrians and Afghans emerged from the midnight-black sea to land on a desolate pebble beach, the first people to greet the bewildered and frightened refugees were two Israelis.

    “Does anyone need a doctor?” Majeda Kardosh, 27, a nurse from...

  • In Greek elections, neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party sees slight gain

    3 weeks ago

    The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party made slight gains in Greek elections, remaining the country’s third largest party.

    In Sunday’s balloting, the fifth general election in the last six years and second since January, Golden Dawn received 6.9 percent of the vote, giving it 18 seats in...

  • Greece faces last chance to stay in euro as cash runs out

    July 7, 2015 | 11:53 am

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras launched a desperate bid to win fresh aid from skeptical creditors at an emergency euro zone summit on Tuesday, before his country's banks run out of money.

    But German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on arrival there was still no basis for...

  • Amid their country’s financial crisis, Greek Jews struggle and brace for more turmoil

    July 6, 2015 | 3:51 pm

    For 55 needy Jewish families, a cash welfare payment is the only thing that gets them through the month. But when they came to the Athens Jewish Community last week for their July assistance, they were given only a portion of the payment in cash — the rest was in supermarket food...

  • Greek FM thanks Israel for concern over rejection of austerity measures

    July 6, 2015 | 8:23 am

    Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias offered his gratitude to Israel for its concern over his country’s economic crisis while visiting Jerusalem.

    “I thank Israel for following what is happening in Greece, and for caring for us,” Kotzias said Monday before meetings with Israeli...

  • French court: Centrists slandered leftist with anti-Semitism claims

    March 13, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    A French court found three center-right politicians guilty of defaming a far-left counterpart when they accused him of being affiliated with anti-Semites.

    In the ruling Thursday by the Correctional Tribunal of Paris, the judge ordered the three Union for a Popular Movement...

  • Shots fired at Israeli embassy in Athens

    December 12, 2014 | 8:04 am

    Unidentified assailants opened fire on the Israeli embassy in Athens with a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the early hours of Friday, police said, but no injuries or damage were reported.

    Four people on two motorcycles fired shots at the embassy building in a northern suburb of...

  • Golden Dawn member convicted for threatening to put migrants in ovens

    September 16, 2014 | 9:19 am

    A member of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party was found guilty of inciting racist violence after threatening to turn immigrants into soap and to put them in ovens.

    Alexandros Plomeratis, a losing candidate for the party in recent elections, was given a one-year suspended jail...

  • Amid neo-Nazi surge, Jewish groups applaud Greece’s Holocaust denial ban

    September 11, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    Jewish groups say the passage of a bill banning Holocaust denial and imposing harsher penalties for hate speech is an important milestone in the fight against Greece’s rising neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.

    “This comes very late, but not too late,” World Jewish Congress CEO Robert...

  • Five doubting dudes and the holy relics of Mount Mortality

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 16, 2014 | 1:14 pm

    “Protestant,” I lied, not for the first time, when the Holy Mount Athos Pilgrims Bureau officer asked me my religion.

    In January, when my friend Sandy, who was born Greek Orthodox, applied to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs to allow five of us to set foot on the Mount Athos...

  • Greek Jews rap appointment of rightist Makis Voridis as health minister

    June 9, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    Makis Voridis, a longtime member of ultranationalist parties, was appointed health minister in Greece.

    Monday’s appointment, part of a widespread government reshuffle, was met with disappointment by members of the Greek Jewish community.

    “No Jewish person can be happy about the...

  • Golden Dawn’s gains in EU election signal failure of Greece’s crackdown

    May 27, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    The picture of Golden Dawn leaders being led away in shackles by masked policemen last September was supposed to be a defining image: Greek authorities cracking down on the country’s neo-Nazi party as a harbinger of its demise.

    Instead, soon there will be a new iconic image:...

  • Far-right surge expected in European elections

    May 21, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Armed with ropes and long sticks, a group of teens in Germany’s capital headed out under the cover of night. Their goal: to tear down from lampposts the campaign posters of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NDP).

    The young people are one small posse among those who fear...

  • Why is Greece the most anti-Semitic country in Europe?

    May 20, 2014 | 10:21 am

    When the Anti-Defamation League published its global anti-Semitism survey last week, Greece, the cradle of democracy, captured the ignominious title of most anti-Semitic country in Europe.

    With 69 percent of Greeks espousing anti-Semitic views, according to the survey, Greece was...

  • Golden Dawn’s showing in elections worries Greek government

    May 19, 2014 | 9:45 am

    The ultranationalist Golden Dawn party’s showing in local Greek elections prompted concern from the national government.

    In voting Sunday, no Golden Dawn candidate made it through to the second round to be held next Sunday, when elections to the European Parliament also will be...

  • Politician with anti-Semitic past appointed Greek health minister

    July 2, 2013 | 2:10 pm

    A right-wing Greek politician who has made anti-Semitic statements was appointed health minister of Greece.

    The naming of Adonis Georgiadis came as part of a Cabinet reshuffle last week after one of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ junior coalition partners walked out over...

  • Report says Greece could ban anti-Semitic Golden Dawn party

    April 17, 2013 | 9:59 am

    A report released by the Council of Europe says that Greece could legally ban the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party, which has been linked to a number of violent, racist attacks.

    The 32-page report by the France-based council was issued Tuesday by its human rights commissioner, Nils...

  • Thessaloniki Jews to mark 70th anniversary of Nazi deportations

    March 14, 2013 | 8:18 am

    The Jewish community of Thessaloniki in northern Greece will hold a series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first deportations of the city’s Jews to Auschwitz.

    On March 15, 1943, the Nazis sent the first convoy of some 4,000 Jews from Thessaloniki to the...

  • Rise of Greece’s Golden Dawn: A presage of doom

    March 14, 2013 | 4:48 am

    The undisguised extremism promoted by Golden Dawn is a chilling watershed in Greece’s postwar democracy. Fascist gangs are turning Athens into a city of shifting front lines, seizing on crimes and local protests to promote their own movement, by claiming to be the defenders of...

  • Greek police to investigate Golden Dawn threat to turn immigrants “into soap”

    March 6, 2013 | 11:27 am

    Greek police are investigating the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party after some of its members were filmed threatening to turn immigrants “into soap” and put them in “ovens.”

    The investigation announced Wednesday was prompted by the broadcast Tuesday of a program on Britain's Channel 4...

  • Rise of Golden Dawn: A presage of doom

    February 11, 2013 | 3:13 pm

    The undisguised extremism promoted by Golden Dawn is a chilling watershed in Greece's post-war democracy. Fascist gangs are turning Athens into a city of shifting front lines, seizing on crimes and local protests to promote their own movement, by claiming to be the defenders of...

  • U.S. wins re-election to U.N. Human Rights Council

    November 12, 2012 | 11:40 am

    The United States succeeded on Monday in its bid for re-election to the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council, a Geneva-based watchdog that has been criticized by Washington and Israel for singling out the Jewish state for criticism.

    The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly also...

  • Claims Conference steps up aid to Greek Holocaust survivors

    June 27, 2012 | 10:18 am

    The Claims Conference is tripling its aid to Greece’s Holocaust survivors in light of the country’s economic crisis and funding an education program on anti-Semitism due to the recent rise of a neo-Nazi party.

    The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which...

  • Netanyahu urges action on Iran after meeting Putin

    June 25, 2012 | 11:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday it was time to ramp up sanctions against Iran to try to curb its nuclear program after discussing the matter with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    In his first public comments on the inconclusive round of talks in...

  • Neo-Nazi party maintains strength in Greek elections

    June 18, 2012 | 10:27 am

    The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party defied predictions and won nearly 7 percent of the vote in the Greek national elections.

    Polls and Greek commentators had predicted that support for the fascist party, which entered the Greek Parliament for the first time in inconclusive elections six...

  • Greek mob attacks Jerusalem Post reporter Gil Shefler [VIDEO]

    June 8, 2012 | 11:41 am

    Greece has condemned mob attack on a Jerusalem Post reporter.

    Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Loukakis sent a letter to the paper on Thursday apologizing for the Tuesday assault on Gil Shefler.

    A former JTA intern, Shefler was assaulted in Athens while trying to film outside the National...

  • Greek gov’t, Jews slam Golden Dawn chief for Holocaust denial

    May 15, 2012 | 10:50 am

    The Greek government and Jewish community condemned the leader of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party after he denied there were gas chambers or ovens at Nazi death camps.

    Speaking Sunday in an interview on the private Mega TV network, Golden Dawn head Nikolaos Michaloliakos said gas...

  • Far-right victories in Greece prompt upset, concern from Jewish community

    May 7, 2012 | 10:20 am

    Jewish leaders in Greece expressed concern and disappointment after the fascist Golden Dawn party was poised to enter the Greek parliament for the first time.

    With most of the ballots counted, Golden Dawn received nearly 7 percent of the vote in Sunday’s elections as Greeks...

  • New aid going to Greece’s Jewish community

    February 28, 2012 | 10:25 am

    The Jewish Agency will provide emergency aid to the Jewish community of Greece facing a serious financial crisis.

    The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel on Feb. 27 voted to grant about $1 million over two years to help Greece’s Jewish communal institutions continue...

  • Greece’s Papandreou to discuss oil drilling with Netanyahu

    September 15, 2011 | 11:20 am

    Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou was scheduled to consult with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu regarding drilling for natural gas near Cyprus.

    According to sources in the Greek Foreign Ministry, Papandreou was set to have a phone conversation with Netanyahu on...

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