Greece

  • 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 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Europe’s Young Jews Argue, Party at Beach-side Gathering in Greece

    Bring 420 young Jews from 32 countries to a beach in Greece, and you’ll get a mix of two things: partying and arguing. At an event unlike any other in Europe, hundreds of young European Jewish students, aged 18 to 30, gathered recently for the celebratory European Jewish “Summer University” — an annual week of… More ▸

  • Report Cites Rising Anti-semitism in Greek Media Reports of Intifada

    Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Greece, according to a new report. The Greek Helsinki Monitor, a nongovernmental organization affiliated with the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, said in the report that since the start of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more than two years ago, “blatant anti-Semitism” has been expressed in the Greek media “by… More ▸