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  • App launched to commemorate lost Jewish community of Crete

    ATHENS (JTA) — A mobile phone application that enables visitors to learn about the Jewish heritage of the Greek island of Crete and the Etz Hayyim Synagogue has been launched. The app, a joint initiative between the Canadian and Israeli embassies in Greece, was launched Tuesday, the same day that a ceremony was held to…

  • Golden Dawn lawmaker says Israel ‘eternal enemy’ of Greeks, Christians

    ATHENS (JTA) — Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos called on the Justice Ministry to take action against a neo-Nazi lawmaker after he made anti-Israel comments in parliament. Speaking during a debate in parliament on Monday, Christos Pappas, from the Golden Dawn party,  called Israel an “eternal enemy of Greece and Orthodoxy.” Pappas was speaking during…

  • Greek Jews protest tourism site promoting ‘Judas burning’ ritual

    The custom perpetuates anti-Semitic feelings and has nearly vanished in other European countries, the community wrote to the National Tourism Agency.

  • Greek parliament unveils monument to lawmakers killed in Holocaust

    ATHENS (JTA) — The Greek Parliament has erected a monument to eight Greek Jewish lawmakers who were killed by the Nazis during the Second World War. The white marble tablet engraved with the eight names was unveiled on Wednesday by Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis. Six of the parliament members were among the…

  • Israelis among tourists offered special discounts at Greek stores

    ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — Israeli tourists will be offered 20 percent discounts this year at many Greek stores as part of an initiative to help the struggling Greek economy, Greek officials said. The plan, announced last week by Deputy Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Mardas and the Hellenic Federation of Commerce and Enterprise, also will apply to…

  • Athens mayor signs declaration against anti-Semitism 

    ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — The mayor of Athens signed a declaration against anti-Semitism, joining 60 other European mayors to have inked the American Jewish Committee’s initiative. “I chose to sign because it is my conviction that the first value in civilized society is human dignity,” said Mayor Giorgos Kaminis at a ceremony with a nine-member…

  • Refugees in Greece get medical equipment from Jewish-funded group

    ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — A New York-based humanitarian organization, funded by several Jewish groups, has begun supplying a Greek island with desperately needed medical equipment to help cope with the influx of tens of thousands of refugees. The Afya Foundation has already dispatched a container full of aid to hospitals and rescue organizations on the…

  • Greek parliament calls on government to recognize a Palestinian state

    Unnamed Greek officials were quoted as saying the government has no intention of recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a state so as “not to disturb good relations with Israel.”

  • Prominent Greek bishop blames ‘Zionist monster’ for same-sex cohabitation bill

    Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus has a long history of making anti-Semitic comments.

  • More than 4 decades on, Jewish dialogue with Orthodox Christians still fragile

    At a recent two-day interfaith conference with Orthodox Christians in Greece, Jewish delegates tiptoed around sensitive issues like anti-Semitism.