Greeks boost military ties with Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 1, 2015

It has a hard-left government that has a history of lambasting Israel but Greece has been quietly bolstering its military ties with the Jewish state.

A joint exercise between Israeli and Greek attack helicopter squadrons took place in the Negev Desert earlier this month, the latest in a series of practice operations involving both militaries.


Antisemitic minister fired from Greek cabinet

By Victor Eliezer, October 1, 2015

The new Greek deputy transport minister, Dimitris Kammenos, was sacked 12 hours into his job for comparing the European Union to a concentration camp and calling homosexuals "pathetic".

The announcement that Mr Kammenos, an MP from the nationalist Independent Greeks party, would take a cabinet position in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's new coalition government triggered a public uproar.


Survivors at risk as Greeks run out of cash

July 9, 2015

As Greeks queued at cashpoints across the country this week, the economic disaster closed in on members of Athens' Jewish community.

With banks closed and cashpoint withdrawals limited to €60 per day, communal organisations have been unable to keep up with regular payments.


Greek city in u-turn after Holocaust memorial ‘insult’

By Victor Eliezer, May 18, 2015

A Greek city council has been forced to apologise after it requested that the Star of David be removed from a commemoration stone due to be unveiled in a Shoah memorial ceremony.

Last Sunday, May 17, was meant to be a day of remembrance for the 1,484 Jews of Kavala who were deported and killed by the Nazis.


Will left-wing poll win bring Greek tragedy?

By Richard Schwartz, January 29, 2015

The left-wing, anti-austerity Syriza party's victory in last Sunday's general election in Greece did not come as a great surprise.

But its scale - two seats short of an absolute majority in parliament - exceeded pollsters' expectations and left most other political groups on both the left and right downbeat.

The Jewish community officially welcomed the result.


New Greek coalition partner accused of antisemitic slur

By JC Reporter, January 27, 2015

The fallout from the Greek election has left a party leader who was accused of antisemitism as part of the new government.

Panos Kammenos joined the administration after his right-wing, nationalist Independent Greeks party entered into an unlikely coalition with the leftist Syriza party, which narrowly failed to win an overall majority in Sunday's poll.


Greek Nazi party faces crackdown

October 23, 2014

Dozens of activists and politicians affiliated to the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn are facing trial for criminal offences.

A state prosecutor produced a 700-page document last week which outlined the legal case against more than 50 key party members - in addition to the 16 MPs who are currently in custody pending trial.


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.


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.


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]."