November 07, 2019

Italy Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre under guard amid death threats

Dana Mathewson

The cancer of anti-Semitism is not just a local phenomenon, pushed by members of "The Squad" and other Muslims trying to gain notoriety. It's showing up all over the world.

Italy has never been particularly welcoming to the Jews, but I don't remember its being this bad in recent years.

An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor in Italy has been assigned police guards for protection after receiving hundreds of threats on social media.

Liliana Segre, who was sent to the notorious Auschwitz death camp at 13, has been subjected to a barrage of anti-Semitic messages in recent days.

It comes after Ms Segre, an Italian life senator, called for parliament to establish a committee to combat hate.

The motion passed despite a lack of support by Italy's right-wing parties.

Members of the nationalist League party, led by Matteo Salvini, the centre-right Forza Italia and the far-right Brothers of Italy all abstained from the vote in Milan last week.

The motion called for the establishment of an extraordinary commission in Italy to combat all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, incitement to hatred and violence on ethnic and religious grounds.

Ms Segre said after the vote that the abstentions made her feel "like a Martian in the Senate".

"I appealed to the conscience of everyone and thought that a commission against hatred as a principle would be accepted by all," she said at the time, Italy's La Repubblica reported (in Italian).

Since then, she has reported receiving as many as 200 hate messages a day.

Some of the threats have been so serious that the prefect of Milan, Renato Saccone, held a meeting on Wednesday with the committee for security and public order, where it was agreed that Ms Segre needed police protection.

The measures that were approved include Ms Segre being accompanied in public by two paramilitary carabinieri officers.

Meanwhile, the Milan public prosecutor's office said it had opened an investigation into the hate messages targeting the senator and had requested the assistance of Italy's anti-terror police.

Remember that "left-wing" and "right-wing" aren't quite the same in Europe as they are here in America. Still, you might expect to see more support for these measures from so-called "right-wingers."

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1 I thought maybe that was by Warner Todd Houston; I had made that point about a week ago to him. 

Yeah; Ford wasn't worth impeaching. Why bother with the walking dead?  Otherwise it is the go-to strategy for the Democrats.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at November 08, 2019 07:17 AM (spwlV)

2 Oops; commented on the wrong post there. 

I meant to say here that, while death threats are never acceptable nor is any sort of anti-Semitism, I wonder what the "anti-hate" resolution actually said - and meant. We get that kind of stuff out of people like Ilhan Omar here sometimes.  After all, Atnifa claims to be against "hate".  In fact, they ARE a hate group. Ditto the Southern Poverty Law Center.

This resolution might have been calling for suppression of, say, argument against taking in Islamic "refugees".

Again, anti-Semitism is despicable. But I don't know if we are getting the whole story here. It feels like this might be a mainstream media snow job.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at November 08, 2019 07:21 AM (spwlV)

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