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  • Greece Warily Watches Growing Israeli-turkish Military Relations

    Israel’s growing military links with Turkey may have a distinct downside. Israeli officials have welcomed the bilateral military agreements reached with Turkey during the past year, seeing Ankara as a strong potential ally in a largely hostile Arab world. But Israel’s links with Ankara have the potential to embroil the Jewish state in the decades-old… More ▸

  • Greek Jews Praise Church, Government for Wartime Role

    The Greek Jewish community has issued a statement expressing its gratitude to the government and the Greek Orthodox Church for helping save Jews during the Holocaust. The statement came after Turkey, under fire from Athens for its treatment of its Kurdish minority, accused Greece of turning Jews over to the Nazis. During the war, the… More ▸

  • Greek Jewish Holocaust Victims Honored with Salonika Memorial

    Greece has dedicated a memorial to a once-thriving community of Jews who perished in the Holocaust — a move that some said was aimed at repairing the country’s ties with Israel. In a moving ceremony Sunday in Salonika, Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos unveiled the monument dedicated to the approximately 50,000 Jews from the northern port… More ▸

  • Bust of Greek Jewish Officer Unveiled at Athens War Museum

    The bust of a Greek Jewish colonel who died during the 1940 Italian invasion of Greece was unveiled last week at the War Museum here. Col. Mordocheos Frizis was the first high-ranking Greek officer to die on the battlefield during the Italian invasion. The highly decorated colonel was killed by an Italian bomb Dec. 5,… More ▸

  • Greek Jews Seek Reparations from Germany for Wwii Period

    The Greek Jewish community has joined thousands of other Greeks seeking German reparations for suffering that occurred during the Nazi occupation of Greece. The wave of court cases in Greece is expected to be initiated in September. Total damages claimed reportedly could reach $35 billion. “There is no family in our community that does not… More ▸

  • Israel, Greece Pen Security Pact

    Israel and Greece have signed a security agreement to combat international terrorism, drug trafficking and other serious crimes. Israeli Police Minister Moshe Shahal and Greek Public Order Minister Sifis Valyrakis signed the accord Wednesday. According to the pact, the two countries also will share the knowledge of police experts. More ▸

  • Trial for Murder of Greek Jew Unfolds Like John Le Carre Novel

    A trial here involving the murder of a Greek Jew is unfolding like a John Le Carre spy novel. A Greek arms dealer arrested earlier this month in connection with terrorist activity said in an official statement that the 1992 murder of Elias Cohen, a Greek Jewish psychiatrist, was part of an attempt by Arabs… More ▸

  • Greek Official Visits Syria in Bid to Advance Peace Talks

    Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou flew to Damascus last week for talks with Syrian President Hafez Assad in a bid to advance stalled Syrian-Israeli peace negotiations, government sources here said. “The purpose of the visit is to promote the Middle East peace process and bilateral relations,” government spokesman Evangelos Venizelos said. On a recent trip to… More ▸

  • Greece Agrees to Military Cooperation

    Greek Defense Minister Gerasimos Arsenis wrapped up a three-day visit to Israel this week by signing a military cooperation agreement that reflected an atmosphere of improved relations between the two countries. The agreement is “an important landmark in relations governing our defense structures,” Prime Minister Yithak Rabin said Sunday. The agreement, signed by Rabin and… More ▸

  • Greek Prime Minister Papandreou Meets with American Jewish Leaders

    Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou impressed Jewish organizational leaders here recently with warm words about his country’s ties with Israel and world Jewry. But he appears to have disappointed them on an issue that has long concerned the Greek Jewish community and Jewish groups here: the requirement that Greek citizens must state their religion on… More ▸