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  • Greek Newspaper Attacks Jews

    A daily newspaper in Greece blamed Jews for the world financial crisis and the Israeli operation in Gaza. It is the second time in recent weeks that the Avriani newspaper led its front page with anti-Semitic accusations. Sunday’s headline read: “After the American Jews acquired once again the world’s wealth and plunged the planet into… More ▸

  • Greek Weekly Stresses Madoff’s Jewishness

    A Greek newspaper in a front-page headline called Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme “The Jewish Connection.” Avriani, a leading weekly, devoted five pages of its Dec. 21 edition to the Madoff scandal, emphasizing at least six times that Madoff is Jewish and calling him the “Jewish guru of the market.” The paper used the Greek term… More ▸

  • In a New Book, Sarkozy’s Jewish-greek Roots Revealed

    A new book detailing the Greek-Jewish roots of Nicolas Sarkozy shows political involvement for the French president’s family. According to “Me, the grandson of a Greek,” a new book written by three Greek authors, two Sarkozy ancestors were members of the Greek Parliament in the early 20th century. One of the authors is Leon Nar,… More ▸

  • Crime Motivated Murder in Greece of Diamond Dealer from Jerusalem

    An Israeli businessman who had gone missing in Greece was murdered. The body of diamond dealer Shmuel Levy was discovered Saturday in a coastal town 30 miles from Athens, two weeks after he disappeared. Local police said several Greeks were under arrest on suspicion of abducting and killing Levy, 66, because they believed he was… More ▸

  • The 2004 Olympics Some Trivia to Know About Greek Jewish History

    Following are some facts about Greek Jewry: Earliest known Jewish settlement in Greece: Third Century B.C.E. Estimated number of Jews in Greece on eve of World II: 77,000 Estimated number of Jews in Greece today: 5,000 Most important “Jewish city” in Greece: Salonika Number of Greek Jews who arrived in North America between 1908 and… More ▸

  • The 2004 Olympics Ladino, Borekas and Coffee: Greek Jews Have a Niche in U.S.

    When Marion Crespi was a young girl, she had a hard time convincing other Jews that she was Jewish. “My mother’s friends would call me ‘Italianika,’ the Italian girl,” says Crespi, 75. “They thought we were Italian because our names ended in vowels and we didn’t speak Yiddish.” Crespi’s family was not alone. By 1924,… More ▸

  • As Olympics Near, Greek Journalist Accuses Jews of Muzzling Free Speech

    A prominent Greek journalist has accused Greek Jews of being puppets of the Israeli government and of censoring criticism of what he calls “fascist” Israeli policies. Kostas Betinakis, a former foreign editor of the Ta Nea newspaper, Greece’s largest, made his comments on his news Web site. The incident raises the issue of anti-Semitism in… More ▸

  • Jewish Group Slams Greek Exhibit That Glorifies Female Suicide Bomber

    A Jewish group is threatening to call for a boycott of the 2004 Olympics if an art exhibition that allegedly glorifies Palestinian suicide bombings is allowed to proceed in Athens. An embroidery montage in an exhibit called “Body Milk,” scheduled to open Oct. 20, shows a pregnant woman pushing a cart down a supermarket aisle…. More ▸