Immigration, Then And Now

05/18/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

At a seaside café near the Greek-Albanian border, during halftime of last week’s European Champions League soccer match between Barcelona and Munich, I got an unexpected lesson in the European perspective on immigration, minorities and diaspora.

Post-communist immigration has changed the face of Europe. Above, a street scene in Greece.  Hilary Danailova/JW

High Court Prayer Ruling ‘Could Have Been Far Worse,’ AJC Expert Says

05/04/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Updated at 2:50 p.m. to include a statement from the Religious Action Center in paragraph seven, and from the Orthodox Union in paragraph 11.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday that upholds the right of a town in Western New York to begin its public meetings with prayers that are usually Christian is a blow to Jewish or other non-Christian interests, but “could have been far worse,” said a legal expert who works for the American Jewish Committee.

Greek Jews Urge Crackdown On Golden Dawn After Rapper's Murder

09/23/2013 - 20:00

ATHENS, Greece — Greek Jews implored the government to crack down on the ultranationalist Golden Dawn party in the wake of the murder of the anti-fascist rapper known as Killah P.

Greek Neo-Nazi party rises as economy sinks

Golden Dawn party faults immigrants for unemployment, blames Jews for Europe's financial problems.
10/15/2012 - 20:00

Tens of thousands of Greek protesters welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to their country Oct. 9 with Nazi uniforms, Hitler salutes and swastika flags, lamenting her new austerity measures amid their floundering economy.

While protesters’ gestures were symbolic, the real threat Nazi ideology poses to Greece comes from within.

The logo of Golden Dawn, Greece's neo-Nazi party. Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Jewish Leaders Assured on Greece-Israel Ties

02/13/2011 - 19:00

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) -- Greek officials assured a visiting delegation of American Jewish leaders that relations between Israel and Greece are serious and have nothing to do with the cooling of Israel's ties with Turkey.

About 60 representatives from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations were in Greece as part of Greek efforts to improve relations with Israel. They visited major Greek cities Athens and Thessaloniki for talks with Greek state and Jewish community officials.

‘Zorba’ Composer Declares Himself an Anti-Semite

02/09/2011 - 19:00

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) -- Mikis Theodorakis, the Greek composer who wrote the music for the film "Zorba the Greek," said in a television interview that he is an "anti-Semite and anti-Zionist."

Theodorakis, 86, a hero in Greece, also said in the interview on Greece's High channel that "everything that happens today in the world has to do with the Zionists." He added that "American Jews are behind the world economic crisis that has hit Greece also."

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