ADL Praises Italian Government’s Strong Condemnation of Anti-Semitic Incidents

New York, NY, January 27, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended the Italian authorities for their strong condemnation of two anti-Semitic incidents in which pig heads were sent to a Rome synagogue, the Jewish Museum of Rome and the Israeli embassy on January 25, two days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano labeled the incidents a “miserable provocation that just assaulted all of us,” and Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino also condemned the incitement by expressing solidarity with the city’s Jewish community.

“At a time when anti-Semitism in Europe remains a serious concern, especially in light of these abhorrent acts, it is heartening that Italy’s leaders stood up in unison to condemn anti-Semitism,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  “This swift and strong response is a perfect example of how public figures must address such incidents.”

In a letter to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, Mr. Foxman expressed his gratitude for Italy’s continued efforts in confronting anti-Semitism and racism.

Anti-Semitic graffiti was also found on the outside of a government building in Rome with a swastika and a phrase that read “the Holocaust is a lie,” which was also denounced by Yuri Bugli, a local politician.  It is not clear if the incidents were connected.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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