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  • 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 ▸

  • Greek Court Gives Palestinians Stiff Sentences for 1991 Bombing

    Two Palestinians were sentenced to life imprisonment and four others jailed for up to nine and a half years for the 1991 bomb blast in Patras that killed seven people. The convictions marked the first time the Greek authorities have been able to break a terrorist network of any kind. An Athens court used the… More ▸

  • Greek Leader Arrives in Israel, Solidifying New Warm Relations

    Israel and Greece solidified their recently improved relations on the arrival here Monday of Constantine Mitsotakis, the first prime minister of Greece to pay an official visit to the Jewish state. He was welcomed at the Rose Garden by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who expressed appreciation for the change of Greek policy with respect to… More ▸

  • Greek Court Sentences Terrorist to 18 Years for 1982 Plane Bombing

    A Greek court has sentenced a Palestinian terrorist to 18 years for the July 1982 bombing of a Pan Am jet, in which a Japanese teen-ager was killed. Mohammed Rashid, 42, was found guilty and sentenced Wednesday, following a three-month trial, which for security reasons took place at the Koridallos prison. A prison ward was… More ▸

  • Greek Inscription Found in Beit She’an Sheds Light on Town and Its Samaritans

    A Greek inscription found recently in Beit She’an by archaeologists from Hebrew University sheds new light on the status of a prominent Samaritan family that lived there, and on the date of the construction of the town’s magnificent commercial street. Beit She’an was the central city of northern Israel under the Romans and was known… More ▸

  • Rumored Turkish Nuclear Arms Quest Raises Concern in Greece and Israel

    While Greece is worried by reports that Turkey is seeking nuclear weapons and know-how from the Moslem republics of the former Soviet Union, Israeli circles are pondering the possible effects of having a Moslem nuclear power as a nearby neighbor, even a non-hostile one. According to the Greek daily Kathimerini, the Athens government is deeply… More ▸

  • Greek Premier to Visit Israel, Offers to Host Mideast Talks

    Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis will visit Israel early next year, culminating the rapid improvement in ties between the two countries since his conservative New Democratic Party assumed power in April 1990. Speaking here Sunday to members of the American Jewish Committee, the prime minister offered to host the ongoing Middle East peace talks, specifically… More ▸

  • Greece Signs Order to Extradite Achille Lauro Terrorist to Italy

    Greek Justice Minister Michael Papakostanlinou signed papers Thursday ordering the extradition of Palestinian terrorist Abdulrahim Khaled to Italy, where he is under life sentence for plotting the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro. The long-delayed extradition order reflects Greece’s change of policy toward terrorists since the Socialist government of Andreas Papandreou was… More ▸

  • Greek Court Again Postpones Achille Lauro Extradition Case

    The Greek Supreme Court on Tuesday postponed for the second time an extradition hearing for Palestinian terrorist Abdulrahim Khaled, who is wanted in Italy for planning the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro on Oct. 7, 1985. Khaled, arrested in Greece in March on unrelated charges, was to go on trial here this… More ▸