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Pig heads sent to synagogue darken Remembrance Day in Rome

Israeli embassy also targeted, Bonino condemns hate crime

27 January, 11:11
Pig heads sent to synagogue darken Remembrance Day in Rome (ANSA) - Rome, January 27 - The mood surrounding International Holocaust Remembrance Day was darker than normal Monday after three pig heads were sent to important Jewish institutions in Rome over the weekend, including the synagogue. The Israeli embassy and a Jewish exhibition were also targeted in what has been dubbed a hate crime. "It's a hideous act, an enormous offence that I do not accept," said Italian Auschwitz survivor Sami Modiano.

"There are certain things that make me ache, acts that awaken a hate that I didn't think I'd have anymore. I'm a Jew but also Italian. What has happened offends all Italian people. The Israeli foreign minister's office told ANSA the act was "intolerable and brutal". Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino expressed her "firm condemnation of the reprehensible acts of anti-Semitism, which confirm once again the need to multiply our efforts, especially towards younger generations, to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive".

Anti-Semitic slurs were also spray-painted around the city over the weekend.