Plutselig var Roma full av antisemittiske slagord av gammelt merke. I motsetning til Frankrike og Tyskland er det gamle stemmer som lar seg høre. De er velkjente.

Politiet advarer og sier det er en ny allliansen: gammelnazister og venstreorienterte finner sammen i hatet mot Israel.

Rome’s streets are the latest in Europe to become bulletin boards for anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic sentiment. But unlike hate events in France, which have become violent and often involve the children of immigrants with Muslim backgrounds who claim Palestinian sympathies, Italian anti-Semitism is being blamed on Italians of European descent. Italy’s counterterrorism law enforcement agency DIGOS (Divisione Investigazioni Generali e Operazioni Speciali) says that the extreme right and extreme left wings of the Italian political spectrum have joined forces to spread the hate, issuing an alert warning “there is new solidarity between the opposite extremists.” 

Mer oppsiktsvekkende er det når kjente politikere gir seg jødehatet i vold.

Even popular politicians harbor old prejudices. Just last week Gianni Vattimo, a former European Parliamentarian and self-described Marxist philosopher, told Italy’s state radio station that, “Israel is a bit worse than the Nazis,” and that he’d “like to shoot those bastard Zionists.”  He also called upon the European community to pool resources to “buy Hamas some more rockets.”