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  • Only Greek Orthodox Are Trusted, Says Report by Greek Government

    A few years ago, Jacquelyn Yermiya wanted to become a nursery school teacher in the Greek public school system, but she was rejected because she is Jewish and not Greek Orthodox. The law at the time said that only Greek Orthodox citizens could become nursery and elementary school teachers in the public school system. But… More ▸

  • Greek Leader Says He Will Help Israel Join U.N. European Group

    Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis says he will help Israel join the European group within the United Nations and also assist it in revising its 1975 economic agreement with the European Community. Mitsotakis made these commitments to Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin, who arrived in Greece on Thursday for a two-day official visit. Beilin… More ▸

  • Greece Committed to Resolve Issue of Religion on Id Card

    The Greek government is committed to renewing its attempts to resolve the controversy over Greek identification cards that require citizens to state one’s religion, according to American Jewish leaders who met with Greek officials in Athens earlier this month. Jewish groups as well as other minorities in Greece oppose the ID card policy, but an… More ▸

  • Greek High Court Reduces Prison Time of Arab Who Placed Fatal Plane Bomb

    Greece’s High Court of Appeals has reduced by three years the prison sentence of Mohammed Rashid, the Palestinian terrorist convicted of bombing a Pan American airliner in August 1982 over Honolulu in which a 15-year-old Japanese boy was killed. Rashid was convicted during his first trial and sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment for placing a… More ▸

  • Greek Parliament Rejects Plan to End Religion Listing on I.d.

    The Greek Parliament has overwhelmingly rejected a proposal by the government that would have made the listing of religion on national identity cards optional instead of obligatory. The amendment, long sought by Jewish groups as well as Greece’s Catholic minority, was denounced by the country’s all-powerful Orthodox Church and defeated in a rowdy Parliament session… More ▸

  • Greece No Longer Requires Religion on Identity Card

    Greek Jews, along with other religious minorities, will no longer be obliged to identify themselves by religion on national identity cards carried by all Greek citizens and residents, the Greek minister of the interior has announced. Minister Yiannis Kefalogiannis made the statement in a meeting with World Jewish Congress delegates Monday. WJC leaders emerged from… More ▸

  • Greek Jews Protest German Violence

    In the first demonstration of its kind, Greek Jews have taken to the streets to protest a surge of racism and anti-Semitism in Germany. Holding candles and wearing buttons reading “Never again,” 1,500 Jews gathered Wednesday outside the German embassy in Athens to hear communal leader Nissim Mais call on Bonn to combat the “horrifying… More ▸

  • Israel Denies Greek Media Report It is Aiding Yugoslav Drug Trade

    Israel has angrily denied a Greek media report which says it is selling chemicals to the heroin industry in a province of former Yugoslavia. The Israeli Embassy in the Greek capital termed “outrageous” a television report that Israel is supplying anhydride acid to help convert poppy juice to heroin at a secret manufacturing site in… More ▸

  • Greek Tourist Board Issues Booklet on Jewish Heritage

    In an unprecedented move to boost Jewish tourism, the Greek National Tourist Organization has published a full-color, 16-page booklet on “Jewish Heritage in Greece.” The booklet, whose first run was 1,200,000 copies, is published in Greek, English, French and German. In addition, excerpts from the booklet are also published in the Olympic Airways inflight magazine,… More ▸

  • Demolition of Greek Orthodox Site Sparks Ire of Athens Foreign Ministry

    Greece has lodged a diplomatic protest with Israel over the destruction last week by the Jerusalem municipality of two buildings on the Mount of Olives belonging to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. The protest, made public over the weekend by the foreign ministry in Athens, called on the Israeli authorities to compensate the Patriarchate and to… More ▸