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  • Greece arrests captain of U.S. ship in Gaza flotilla

    July 2, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    Authorities in Greece say they have arrested the captain of an American boat that was to be part of the Gaza flotilla.

    The 60-year-old captain, whose name was not released by authorities, is being held at Piraeus police headquarters and will remain there until a court hearing Tuesday.

    Greece’s coast guard said Saturday the captain of the “Audacity of Hope” faces charges of trying to leave port without permission and of endangering the lives of the boat’s passengers. The latter charge is a felony.

    Read more at Haaretz.com

  • Flotilla delayed until next week

    July 1, 2011 | 10:36 am

    Activists have delayed a protest flotilla to the Gaza Strip until next week.

    The flotilla, comprised of nine boats—including one from the United States—was to set have set sail this week from Greece, with the aim of bringing attention to Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza.

    Activists...

  • Greece attempting to thwart Gaza flotilla

    June 23, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    The Greek government is trying to stop its citizens from joining an international flotilla that will try to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    Greece, which has growing ties with Israel, said in a statement from its Foreign Ministry that while it is against the...

  • Greece-Israel relations improving, Israeli envoy says

    February 14, 2011 | 10:28 am

    The historic exchange of visits by the premiers of Israel and Greece is a sign of rapprochement between the two countries, Israeli Ambassador to Greece Arye Mekel said.

    Mekel made his statements in an interview Feb. 12 with the Athens News Agency, the official Greek news agency, in...

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  • Alleged Palestinian terrorist arrested in Athens

    February 14, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Athens police arrested an alleged Palestinian terrorist accused of being in Greece to plan a major attack in Europe.

    Ghaleb Taleb, who who was arrested Feb. 12, is said to be a member of the Fatah-Al-Islam terror group based in Lebanon. He holds a Lebanese passport and citizenship....

  • Israel, Greece agree to establish disaster force

    January 13, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Israel and Greece agreed to set up a regional force to deal with natural disasters following a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries.

    Avigdor Lieberman arrived in Greece Wednesday on the first official visit by an Israeli foreign minister in 15 years.

    Greece...

  • Leading priest blames Jews for Greece’s problems

    December 21, 2010 | 2:54 pm

    A high-level priest on the morning show of the largest television station in Greece blamed world Jewry for Greece’s financial problems.

    The Metropolite of Piraeus Seraphim also blamed world Jewry for other ills in the country during his appearance on Mega TV.

    Mixing Freemasons with...

  • Greece-Israel relations soar as ties with Turkey fade

    December 14, 2010 | 11:04 am

    Israel’s ambassador to Greece, Arye Mekel, was on the phone with a journalist earlier this month when the call came in that Israel’s Carmel region was up in flames. The Israeli prime minister needed to speak urgently with his Greek counterpart.

    Mekel quickly located Greek Prime...

  • Aviv Geffen to open for U2

    August 24, 2010 | 10:08 am

    Israeli rock musician Aviv Geffen will be the opening act for U2.

    Geffen will join SnowPatrol in warming up the crowd at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece on Sept. 3 for U2’s 360 Tour, Geffen announced on his website.

    Geffen released his first album in English last year. In addition to being a solo artist, he performed with British musician Steven Wilson as the Blackfield Duo.

  • Israel, Greece talk defense

    August 18, 2010 | 10:13 am

    Israel and Greece discussed expanding defense ties.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrapped up a two-day visit to Greece on Tuesday, and Reuters quoted officials in both governments as saying that enhanced defense and security cooperation had been on the agenda.

    ...
  • Holocaust memorial to be dedicated in Greece

    May 10, 2010 | 11:46 am

    A memorial to Greek victims of the Holocaust is set to be unveiled in Athens.

    The memorial to be unveiled Monday night will make Athens the last European Union capital to erect a memorial to victims of the Nazis, the Guardian reported.

    About 65,000 Jews from Greece died in Auschwitz between 1941 and 1944.

    Greece’s small Jewish community has long campaigned for a Holocaust memorial, the Guardian reported. About 5,000 Jews live in Greece.

    The memorial sits on land donated by the municipality of Athens.

  • Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians

    April 1, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    Israel ’s relationship with the Palestinians mirrors that in the early 20th century between the government of Greece and the large Sephardic Jewish community of Salonika (modern Thessaloniki). Growing up as a boy whose four grandparents immigrated to the United States from Salonika...

  • Year of Kivunim unites young travelers

    By Noah Stern

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    We wound our way through the busy streets of Athens, dodging loud protesters commemorating the 1973 Greek student uprising, until we came upon an unassuming six-story apartment building and climbed the narrow stairwell to the top floor. This was the Chabad center of Athens and the...
  • Rhodesli Keep the Faith in L.A.

    By Beverly Gray

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As a student at Cal State Northridge more than 30 years ago, Aron Hasson wrote a paper about the Sephardic synagogues of his ancestral homeland, the Greek island of Rhodes. His professor was so taken with Hasson's research that it ended up in a history journal.

    Hasson paid his first...

  • Lack of Jewish Life in Greece Just Myth

    By Beverly Gray

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When twilight descends on mountain villages and sun-kissed beaches, sociable Greeks make their way to tiny sidewalk cafes. They toast the end of the workday with anise-flavored ouzo, accompanied by plates of broiled octopus and green olives.

    Dinner in the taverna is a long,...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Game On!

    The summer Olympics are almost here. They will take place Aug. 13-29 in Athens, Greece. That's pretty cool, considering that's where it all started -- about 2,500 years ago. To learn more about this year's games, visit www.Athens 2004.com. For more on the history of the Olympics, visit www.olympics.org.

  • What Is the Holiday Miracle?

    By Jane Ulman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Nes Gadol Hayah Sham.

    We all agree that the letters on the sides of the dreidel stand for "A Great Miracle Happened There." (In Israel, of course, the letters stand for Nes Gadol Hayah Po -- "A Great Miracle Happened Here.")

    But -- and this is why there's a book titled "Two Jews,...

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