Italy

Italian winery denies that it has no room for Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

An Italian winery has furiously denied claims by an Israeli tour operator that it refused bookings for Jewish and Israeli visitors.

A tour operator based in northern Israel contacted the Fattoria Sant'Appiano in Tuscany over the weekend, intending to arrange a visit for some Israeli clients. The winery has a four and a half star average on the travel rating website Trip Advisor.

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Google invests in Mussolini project

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 9, 2012

Google is investing millions of dollars in a YouTube channel dedicated to Benito Mussolini.

Having struck a deal with the Italian government, Google will upload an archive containing 30,000 newsreels and documentaries, many of which glorify Mussolini and his reign.

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Gino Bartali: the Tour de France hero who defied Mussolini

By Simon Round, July 5, 2012

There are plenty of sporting heroes — people who have scored vital last-minute goals, run world records or taken a hatful of wickets. However, Italian cyclist Gino Bartali truly deserves the accolade.

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The Medici Code: tales of medieval daring found in Hebrew manucript

By Jenni Frazer, June 28, 2012

It is a story which out-Dan-Browns Dan Brown, a tale of Italian mediaeval courts, spies, intrigue, and, at its heart, an extraordinary Jewish scholar, Abraham Ben Mordecai Farissol.

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The Renaissance manuscript and the 'Hebrew' New World

By Jenni Frazer, June 28, 2012

It is a story which out-Dan-Browns Dan Brown, a tale of Italian mediaeval courts, spies, intrigue, and, at its heart, an extraordinary Jewish scholar, Abraham Ben Mordecai Farissol.

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British woman arrested over alleged terror threat to Milan synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2012

A British woman has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot against an Italian synagogue.

Scotland Yard said the woman, 40, was being questioned over allegations that she was collecting information that could aid terrorism.

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Miracle on the Costa Concordia Shabbat shipwreck

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2012

A newlywed couple who survived the Costa Concordia shipwreck will give thanks for their narrow escape with a special kiddush at Stanmore Synagogue tomorrow.

Ian and Janice Donoff had just finished the first Friday-night dinner of their honeymoon and were looking forward to Shabbat overlooking the Mediterranean when they heard a crunching noise and the lights on board went out.

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Italy antisemitism survey is 'disturbing'

By Benjamin Weinthal, November 3, 2011

Italy's parliament has issued an eye-popping study on the level antisemitism in the country.

According to the report: "Some 44 per cent of the Italian population harbour some prejudice or have a hostile attitude towards Jews."

Italian MP Fiamma Nirenstein, chair of the Committee for the Inquiry into Antisemitism, said that the results were "very disturbing" and that it was a "shock for ever

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Descendants of forced converts meet for first time

By Nathan Jeffay, September 22, 2011

During the Spanish Inquisition, Sicily's Jews faced the choice of expulsion or conversion.

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On this day: A Nazi sentenced

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

At the age of 25, in 1944, Josef Scheungraber was a Nazi commander operating in Italy. It was on his orders that the military police massacred 14 people in a quiet Tuscany village. His victims were ordered into a barn and the barn was then blown up.

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