Italy

Time to get out of Italy, says Rome leader

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2013

The president of Rome’s Jewish community, Riccardo Pacifici, has compared the leader of the 5 Star Movement (M5S), Beppe Grillo, to Hitler and said that Jews should start planning to leave Italy.

Mr Pacifici has agreed to meet Mr Grillo, who wants to address the community leader’s fears over the rise of MS5, which is seen by some in Italy as sympathetic to fascism.

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Disquiet over Italy’s rising political star

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2013

The Israeli government is planning to try to engage with members of the new power in Italian politics, the Five Star Movement (5SM), while trying to avoid its leader, Beppe Grillo.

5SM was the surprise of the Italian elections three weeks ago when it succeeded in capturing 25.5 per cent of votes for the Chamber of Deputies and 23.8 per cent for the Senate.

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The Duce-loving movement shaping Italian politics

By Cecilia Rencatti, January 31, 2013

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s defence of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini at a Holocaust memorial ceremony was just one of several pieces of bad news for Italian Jews over the past ten days.

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Berlusconi praises Mussolini at Holocaust event

By Sandy Rashty, January 28, 2013

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi praised Benito Mussolini at a Shoah commemoration event in Milan on Sunday.

Having appeared to fall asleep during the ceremony, Mr Berlusconi told reporters that while the fascist dictator’s 1938 antisemitic laws were “were the worst fault of Mussolini as a leader”, in other respects he “did good things”.

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Italian football matches 'should be abandoned' if fans chant antisemitic abuse

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2013

Antisemitic chanting at Italian football matches could lead to the suspension of games, new guidelines have suggested.

Italy’s interior ministry issued guidance which advises match referees to report incidents of “racism, intolerance or antisemitism” to stadium security chiefs who could then rule on whether to abandon a game.

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Blood, hate and football’s shame

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

n the aftermath of two severe incidents involving hate abuse and allegedly antisemitic violence, both directed at fans of Tottenham Hotspur, Giancarlo Abete, chairman of the Italian Football Association, has written to his English counterpart, David Bernstein, and the FA is to hold a meeting with Jewish organisations.

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FA to investigate 'antisemitism' at Lazio game

By Sandy Rashty, November 23, 2012

Two extreme right-wing football fans have been charged with attempted murder, following the attack on British Spurs supporters at a pub in Rome last night.

Francesco Ianari, 26, and Mauro Pinnelli, 27 – both Roma supporters and known as Ultras – have been charged , despite widespread reports that the attack was committed by right-wing Lazio fans.

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‘Antisemitic’ attack on Spurs fans in Rome

By Sandy Rashty, November 23, 2012

A Spurs fan is being kept in a hospital in Rome, after he was attacked by a group chanting antisemitic slogans last night.

Ashley Mills, 25, from Brentwood, Essex, was treated for head injuries at the San Camillo hospital after the 1am attack at a pub in Campo de Fiori square.

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In southern Italy, Judaism is dancing back to life

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, September 20, 2012

Night falls at the end of Shabbat in Trani, a historic Adriatic port town in southern Italy.

Outside a 13th-century synagogue, Rabbi Scialom Bahbout holds aloft the Havdalah candle while a happy crowd around him chants the blessings and passes around sprigs of fragrant herbs.

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Revealed: lost Jews of Calabria

By Julie Carbonara, September 13, 2012

As in Spain 500 years ago, southern Italy’s thriving Jewish community was almost completely destroyed by forced mass conversions and emigration.

Although many people lost track of their Jewish past over time, Jewish traditions and customs were passed on to new generations who were often not aware where they had come from.

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