Greece

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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