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  • 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,...

  • 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.


  • 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...

  • 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.


  • 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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