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, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.