Italy

Our Roman voyage of rediscovery and Jewish identity

By Livia Albeck-Ripka, August 24, 2015

In a climate of increasing antisemitism in Europe, Rome's young Jews are redefining their identity through get-togethers, treasure hunts and bike rides around the ancient city.

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Tailor's cutter who became king of Lampedusa

May 21, 2015

This tiny Italian island 200km south of Sicily has repeatedly hit the headlines as one of the target-destinations for thousands of African migrants to Europe.

However, Lampedusa is also known for a happier story of arrival.

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Leading Italian rabbi Elio Toaff dies aged 99

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2015

Rome’s Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff – who fought the Nazis and strengthened relations between the Italian Jewish community and Catholic Church after centuries of mistrust – died on Sunday.

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Hungarian 'raging antisemite' envoy quits after days on job

By Valentina Jovanovski, July 31, 2014

The man nominated to be Hungary's ambassador to Italy, who has expressed strongly antisemitic views and written for a far-right publication, has left his job under two weeks after the news of his appointment went public.

Péter Szentmihályi Szabó notified the Foreign Ministry that he did not want the position following heavy criticism from opposition parties and Jewish groups.

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Italian politician follows retouched Auschwitz photo with hate rant

By Orlando Radice, April 24, 2014

Italian politician and comedian Beppe Grillo has refused to apologise for using Primo Levi’s Shoah poem If This is a Man to attack the government — and employed a series of classic antisemitic tropes to defend his actions.

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‘Italy is slave to bankers like the Rothschilds’

By Rossella Tercatin, December 19, 2013

Antisemitic comments by a leader of a major new protest movement in Italy have sparked a mixture of outrage and resignation, and have been condemned by the prime minister.

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Woman visits Italian concentration camp where she was born

By Julie Carbonara, October 11, 2013

Last week, Judith Itzhak, a 72-year-old physiotherapist from Tel Aviv, went back to the Ferramonti concentration camp in southern Italy, which she entered as a new-born in 1940.

Ms Itzhak had been invited to make the visit by Rabbi Barbara Aiello of the Serrastretta Synagogue in Calabria, who has made it her mission to explore the Jewish presence in the region.

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Italy rediscovers a hero of football, lost to Shoah

By Rossella Tercatin, September 15, 2013

Some have compared Arpad Weisz to Josè Mourinho, for their extraordinary relationship with their players, their innovative leadership styles and the attention paid to the psychological aspects of coaching a football team.

Not to mention the fact that Arpad Weisz was also a winner — the Hungarian Jew led Bologna FC and Inter Milan to championship victories in the 1920s and the 1930s.

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Hamas-link imam sparks row in Milan

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, September 3, 2013

Anti-Israel statements and participation by a Hamas-linked imam in Milan’s Ramadan celebrations have led the Jewish community to suspend relations with a local Muslim umbrella body, the Milan Islamic Associations Coordination (CAIM) group.

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Call for Sunderland chair to resign over Di Canio

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2013

A leading Reform rabbi and the dean of Durham have attacked Sunderland AFC’s appointment of Paolo Di Canio as head coach.

Rabbi Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, called on Sunderland chairman Ellis Short to resign for overlooking Mr Di Canio’s apparent fascist beliefs when hiring him this week.

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