Shame in Italy
WWII Italian Liberation Day celebrations feature the burning of the flag of Israel
*Updated below April 28
I’ve blogged a few times recently about the Italian election, and the subsequent results on Italy & Israel’s recent warm ties & relationship. Again, that relationship is showing more signs of strain with a new Italian Left Wing Govt who’s coalition includes radical left wing components, Communists and virulent anti Israel hatreds..
Then – Italy Under Silvio Berlusconi 11.03.05
Pro-Israel demonstration held in Rome following recent statements made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying Israel ‘should be wiped off the map.’ Rome mayor: It is only natural that a city that advocates peace and dialogue object to any kind of intolerance
A pro-Israel demonstration was held in Rome Thursday following recent statements made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying Israel "should be wiped off the map."
Approximately 15,000 people participated in the rally, which was accompanied with chants of "viva Israel! viva freedom!" the website of the Italian newspaper La Republica reported. The rally was concluded with the singing of the Israeli national anthem, "Hatikvah." [...]
Protesters included right and left-wing politicians, local celebrities and Walter Veltroni, the mayor of Rome.
Now – Italy under new PM Prodi 26.04.06
Ambassador to Rome says he was filled with ‘Shame, rage’ after two Israeli flags were burned during demonstration commemorating liberation of Italy at end of World War Two; demonstrators also shouted ‘Zionists, assassins’ and ‘free Palestine’ [...]
The flags were set ablaze by a small group of left-wing demonstrators, who also shouted "Zionists, assassins" and "free Palestine" at a Jewish delegation which took part in the largely peaceful march in Milan on Tuesday.
Centre-left leader and prime minister-in-waiting Romano Prodi strongly condemned the incident, which added to political tensions after his narrow victory in this month’s election.
Prodi’s centre-right rivals accused him of hypocrisy, saying his broad coalition included anti-Israel activists.
"As a Jew and an Israeli, I was filled with shame and rage yesterday at the sight of the barbaric behavior by the ‘fascists’ of the extreme left," Israeli ambassador Ehud Gol said in a strongly worded statement.
The Vatican newspaper called the trampling and burning of Israeli flags a "disgusting" offense to all Jews. [...]
Photo credit: AP
Prodi who is optimistic about EU dialogue with Hamas terrorists has in less than two weeks presided on now over two foreign policy embarrassments regarding Israel, one his own doing, and one thanks to his hard left wing coalition supporters, this is Italy not Iran or Pakistan, or Hamastan..
BBC: The anti-Israel demonstrations were reportedly prompted by the presence of Israeli flags in honour of the Jewish Brigade, whose members died helping to liberate Italy.
Update April 28
Italian authorities investigate anti-Israel protests at Milan march
By The Associated Press
ROME – Italian authorities are investigating anti-Israeli protests that marred a march in Milan commemorating the 61st anniversary of Italy’s liberation from fascism, a prosecutor said Friday.
Armando Spataro, an anti-terrorism prosecutor in the northern city, said a number of people have been placed under investigation for incitement to commit a crime, causing damage and holding an unauthorized demonstration.
Spataro refused to release the number of those investigated or their nationality, saying only that police had identified them as having taken part in Tuesday’s protests, during which demonstrators trampled and burned Israeli flags and shouted slogans in support of the Palestinians