Greece

Greek mayor wears Star at swearing-in

By Victor Eliezer, September 4, 2014

The re-elected mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris, wore a Star of David at his swearing-in ceremony last week.

During the event, supporters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn and anti-fascist activists chanted slogans at each other from opposite balconies.

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Aleh goes overboard

July 17, 2014

Olympic champion Jo Aleh experienced heartbreak on the final day of the 470-class competition in Athens.

Lying second going into the closing medal race, Aleh and Olivia Powrie capsized at the European Championships and had to settle for bronze after a mistake at the first mark cost them dearly in an event which carried double points.

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Memorial vandals say Athens synagogue is next

By Victor Eliezer, July 3, 2014

Last Friday, vandals defaced a Holocaust memorial in Athens.

The attackers left a note in black marker pen on one of the stones, saying that they would return to destroy the nearby synagogue.

The graffiti read: "Par Akoum 2 of the Talmoud, the converted Jews should be executed … be informed by the unit against terrorism, we will make the synagogue plot [sic]."

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Greece passes 'law of return' for Jews who fled

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2014

Greece has passed legislation allowing Jews who fled the country before the end of the Second World War the "right of return" and to claim citizenship.

Former deputy foreign minister Dimitrios Dollis instigated the new law - which will come into effect within a month.

He said it was unlikely many Jews would claim Greek citizenship, but that he had acted out of principle.

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Griffin’s Euro-fascist tie-up with Golden Dawn

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2014

British National Party chief Nick Griffin has pledged to work with Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn group and claimed its jailed leaders have been “persecuted”.

During a visit to Athens, Mr Griffin accused Greek authorities of staging a “pseudo-legal war” against the party.

“Long live freedom, victory to Golden Dawn … our time will come,” he said.

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Israel hosts multi-national air drill

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

The first-ever large multi-national military exercise will take place in Israel in two weeks as squadrons from the United States, Greece and Italy arrive in the Negev for Blue Flag 2013, which Israeli military commanders hope will be the inaugural annual training event for allied air forces.

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Arrest of Golden Dawn members welcomed by European Jewish Congress

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2013

The European Jewish Congress has welcomed the arrest of far-right politicians in Greece.

Over the weekend, more than 10 senior members of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party were arrested after anti-fascist hip-hop singer Pavlos Fyssas was allegedly stabbed to death in Athens by a party supporter.

The party has denied any involvement in the killing.

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Hanoar UK youth movement bear gifts for Greeks

By Jennifer Lipman, May 29, 2013

British youth leaders are helping to boost the prospects of young Jewish people in Greece who are facing the double threat of economic collapse and growing support for extremists.

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Greeks plan law to hit neo-Nazis

By JCReporter, May 17, 2013

Greek Deputy Minister of Justice Costas Karagounis has tabled a bill designed to outlaw racial, religious, ethnic and homophobic incitement.

The move comes in the wake of a recent Holocaust commemoration event in Thessaloniki where World Jewish Congress members raised the issue of antisemitism with Greek government officials.

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Neo-Nazi Greek party plans international expansion

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2013

Greece’s Golden Dawn party has reportedly embarked on an international expansion campaign.

The neo-Nazi party, which is linked to black-shirted gangs that terrorise ethnic minorities and immigrants in Greece, has established a transatlantic group to preach the party’s policies in the United States.

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