Greece

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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World Jewish Congress compares Golden Dawn to the Nazis

By Anna Sheinman, March 28, 2013

The World Jewish Congress has compared a boycott of Jewish cosmetic firms by Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn to actions of the German Nazi government, further escalating a spat between the two organisations.

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Greek premier pledges anti-Nazi laws

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 21, 2013

The prime minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras, promised Jewish leaders who gathered last weekend in Saloniki to mark the 70th year since the start of deportations to the death camps from the city, that his government would enact new laws to proscribe neo-Nazi parties.

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Neo-Nazis Golden Dawn plan to open nursery schools

By Sandy Rashty, March 15, 2013

Leaders of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have announced plans to open nursery schools.

The decision came after the organisation ran a pilot class at the party’s offices in Artemida last month.

More than 20 children, aged six to 10, were taught “Greek ideals” and mythology in accordance with the ideological values of the third most popular party in Greece.

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