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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Single flotilla ship bound for Gaza

    July 17, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    One ship from a flotilla that aimed to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip has managed to set sail.

    The French-flagged Dignity al-Karama left Greek territorial waters on Saturday evening, according to Haaretz reporter Amira Hass, who is one of 10 participants aboard the ship. It had been anchored in Crete for nearly a week waiting to be joined by other members of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

    The ship should reach Gaza territorial waters by Monday, The Associated Press reported, citing another activist on board the ship.

  • Peres thanks Greek president for stopping flotilla

    July 11, 2011 | 8:04 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres thanked his Greek counterpart for his country’s help in stopping a flotilla bound for Gaza.

    Peres hosted Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Monday in Jerusalem for a reception and a working meeting.

    “I genuinely thank you for fulfilling the...

  • French flotilla boat seized, U.S. activists end activities

    July 7, 2011 | 11:45 am

    A French boat that left a Greek port for Gaza earlier in the week was detained by the Greek coast guard, while a U.S. activist group has ended its activities.

    The French-flagged Dignity, a pleasure craft with eight passengers on board, was detained Thursday while refueling in Crete....

  • The Flotilla flop: International community stops provocateurs

    July 6, 2011 | 7:01 pm

    The “Free Gaza” Flotilla II campaign was a flop. Leaders of the international community essentially pulled the plug on what they recognized as a provocative and potentially dangerous anti-Israel publicity stunt.

    Flotilla organizers had planned to launch 10 to 15 ships with...

  • Netanyahu orders pro-Palestinian ‘fly-in’ activists be stopped

    July 6, 2011 | 8:36 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the country’s security services to prevent pro-Palestinian fly-in activists from entering the country.

    “Every country has the right to prevent the entry of provocateurs into its borders,” Netanyahu said Wednesday at Ben Gurion...

  • One flotilla ship headed for Gaza, second turned back

    July 5, 2011 | 7:55 am

    A small ship bound for Gaza eluded the Greek Coast Guard, while a second was intercepted and returned to port.

    A small French boat with eight protesters on board left Greek waters Tuesday, the first vessel as part of a Gaza-bound flotilla attempting to break the Israeli naval...

  • Greek coast guard seizes Canadian ship bound for Gaza

    July 4, 2011 | 9:42 am

    The Canadian ship “Tahrir”, participating in the flotilla to Gaza, attempted to depart Monday from the Greek port of Piraeus, but was intercepted by the Greek coast guard shortly after departure.

    The Greek coast guard boarded the Canadian ship after the Greek authorities had banned...

  • A letter to Ambassadors Kaskarelis and Mitsialis

    July 3, 2011 | 6:45 pm

    Below is a letter sent from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs to Ambassador Vassilis Kaskarelis (Greek Embassy in Washington) andAmbassador Anastassis Mitsialis (Greek Permanent Mission to the United Nation):

    Dear Ambassadors Kaskarelis and Mitsialis,

    On behalf of the Jewish...

  • Gaza flotilla ships to set sail Monday, organizers say

    July 3, 2011 | 11:23 am

    All operational ships slated to participate in the Gaza-bond flotilla will depart on Monday, organizers said.

    It is still unknown exactly how many ships will set for Gaza with the stated goal of breaking Israel’s maritime blockade of the coastal strip.

    The American-flagged ship,...

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