Italy Faces Up to the Evil Within

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There is no question that anti-Semitism in Europe has been on the rise during the last few years.  The European left, for a range of reasons, has gotten into the habit of viewing Israel, and by extension all Jews, as the foremost challenge to peace on earth and goodwill toward men.  As Europe’s Islamic communities have expanded, moreover, and their members grown less and less shy about expressing – and acting upon – their opinions, the articulation of anti-Semitic sentiments and the commission of anti-Semitic acts by young Muslim men has increased accordingly.

While all this has been going on, a number of European governments have chosen to look the other way.  Many political leaders in Europe, indeed, have fueled anti-Semitism by word and deed.  The Italian government, however, has been an exception.

It was in October 2009 that two committees of the Italian Parliament voted to commission an in-depth study of anti-Semitism in Italy and elsewhere in Europe.  They established a sub-committee to perform the inquiry, and put the Jewish writer and parliamentarian Fiamma Nirenstein (whom I profiled here recently) in charge.  Now the sub-committee’s report has been released, and its findings are well worth attending to.

The report acknowledges “a strong resurgence of anti-Semitism in European societies” in recent years – a new kind of anti-Semitism that is “less overtly racist, and therefore more subtle and insidious,” than previous varieties, and that is being spread especially through online social networks.  As a consequence of this new brand of anti-Semitism, “Jewish communities in various Western countries have had to deal for the first time with a new atmosphere of insecurity” and “a new cultural climate.”  Though Italy is nowhere near as severely plagued with anti-Semitism as many other European countries, recent years have nonetheless seen a rise in anti-Semitism on the Italian far left, which, like its counterparts elsewhere in the West, has come to view Israel as “a state based on apartheid against the Palestinians,” takes the view that “the victims of the past have become today’s executioners,” and relativizes the Shoah by essentially equating it to what is routinely, and absurdly, depicted as a “Palestinian Holocaust.”

The report offers its share of sobering statistics.  It references a 2010 study showing a steady rise in Italian anti-Semitism between 2001 and 2009, and another study indicating that “44 percent of Italians express attitudes and opinions in some way hostile to Jews and 12 percent are fully-fledged anti-Semites.”  Fully 22% of Italians between the ages of 18 and 29 were hostile to Jews, and the figure was even higher among males in northern Italy.  One-fourth of Italians surveyed agreed with the statement: “Considering Israel’s policy, I can understand why people do not like Jews.”  (In other European countries the figure was even higher: 35% in Germany and Britain, 41% in the Netherlands, 48% in Portugal, and no less than 55% in Poland.)  One-third of Italians regard Jews as “not very nice,” and one-fourth don’t consider them “fully Italian.”  Among Italians between the ages of 18 and 34, 22% were anti-Semitic, even though 71% of them “had never had any direct contact with Jews.”  Of Italians in this age group, 51% balked at the idea of their daughter being in a relationship with a Jew, 38% didn’t want a Jewish boss, and 25% didn’t care for the idea of having Jewish neighbors.

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  • Larry

    I would love to see a regional breakdown of those results, and then compare it with voting patterns.

    I'm willing to bet that the areas that vote for bread and circuses and live off the public tit would be the most anti-semitic.

  • Fred Dawes

    I didn't know that any Jews still lived in europe? Larry is right.

  • Infidel

    So Europe doesn't like Jews. OK

    Now Europe has 10's of miilions of Muslims – and they're growing in numbers and viciousness.

    Thank Hashem that the Israelis are NOT the unarmed Jews of WW2 nazi filth infested WW2 Europe.

    • UCSPanther

      The ones of WW2 did not have Uzis, Galils, Tavors and Merkavas.

      Now they do, and they know how to use them, much to the dismay of antizionists and antisemites the world around, and even worse (from the antisemite's point of view), they are also very sefl-sufficient.

      To any who wish to wipe them off the face of the earth, I have this to say: It's your funeral.

  • Kuffar

    The "multicultural" dhimmis and nazis are those who hate jews. They hate jews because they are offending their muslim masters because of their existence.

  • Flipside

    Actually, there is indeed doubt whether antisemitism is on the rise. There is no doubt that people like to say it’s on the rise though. What is still on the rise is access to computers. Media stranglehold on conversation is on the decline. It is now possible to disagree with Israel publicly and get published or broadcast. The positive benefits of Jewish nepotism in media is on the decline, much as the Irish control of police and liquor is on the decline.

    • Larry

      Rely, there is doubt on whether it's on the rise. Go look at the rate of certain crimes, specifically racially motivated attacks on Jews and synagogues.

      Look at the anti-semitic signs showing up at leftard rallies and riots, look at the BDS movement. None of them were on the horizon 20 years ago, in fact if you had pulled that bullsh*t in the '70s and '80s you were asking to get you head punched in.

      Now it's fashionable again. But if you pull it around me I'll take the assault charge and still punch your head in.

      • Flipside

        Bring it.

        • marsconi

          Flipside. I'll take the assault charge, too. Just post your info and I'll respond in like.

          • Flipside

            As I said, I live in Boston. It’s on a map. I am Flipside in Boston. Flipside from Boston is me.

    • Zena

      If Israel were a teeny tiny Muslim nation surrounded by vast Jewish lands, instead of the other way around, there would never be calls for it to give up land to the sexually repressed slobs that surround it.

      If it isn't Jews it is Christians, if not Christians it will be blacks, and so forth. Jews are the little kid that tries to reason with his dumb fat attackers so gets bullied even more. If you know anything about violent, sexually obsessed monkey societies, you will know humans too. :)

      • Flipside

        I nominate you for president of the website.

    • Ghostwriter

      Good grief,Flipside! You are a cretin. If you read the article,of which I doubt that you did,you would see that anti-semitism is making a comeback. There have been a rise in hate crimes against Jews especially in this country,but you don't really care about that. You hate Jews to the depths of your depraved soul.

      • Flipside

        How many Jews do I actually have to like to satisfy the criterion of liking Jews?

  • StephenD

    All one need do is look at the posts to this article to see the very example of the "subtle and insidious" anti-Semitism Fiamma speaks of. Just look at what that re-re flipper writes.

    • Flipside

      You’re right. After I escaped being burned outside the bunker, I dedicated the next 65 years of my life plotting to raise antisemitism trends in Europe by commenting online.

      • StephenD

        Shut it. Your posts betray you.

        • Flipside

          That’s why I post them.

  • Dispozadaburka

    Eurabia is very anti-semitic.

    Very condescending towards Jewish people.

    A good read is Europe, Globalization and the Coming Universal Caliphate by Bat Ye'or.

    Saudi America is becoming more so too.

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    very interesting that in Poland 55 percent of the people have an unfavorable view of Jews. To the best of my knowledge, there are no mosques in Poland; however, Poland has had a lot of anti-Semitism down through history. Well, what's the next move for
    P.M. Berlusconi? A suggestion–a ban on new mosque construction in Italy.

  • Ben

    Anti-semitism was allways the importaint part of the European tradition.Even de-nazification do not help Germany to have the anti-semites` persentage (20%) that is more that the pre-Hitler polls show. The Muslims are the new executors of the old roles.

  • Marty

    It was pointed out years ago that europe destroyed six million Jewish lives and instead has 25 million muslims. europe is getting what it richly deserves. Jews enriched and contributed to european culture, science, and technology for a millenium. muslims are contributing violence, rapes, murder, sharia law, and are working hard to apply slavery and institutionalize genocide. Quite an interesting exchange. If they know what is good for them, the remaining Jews in europe should leave. France has the third largest Jewish community in the world and it is already under assault. They should migrate as soon as possible to Israel or the United States.

  • ronin

    People do not like jews because they worship money and they control people' life thru. controling banks!! Just look at who runs federal reserve, IMF, and most financial institutions, they manipulate markets to create wealth.

    • UCSPanther

      You missed the 1920s by about 90 years, chump.

    • Ghostwriter

      Wonderful! Another anti-Jewish idiot on this website. What is the world coming to?

      • Flipside

        I was under the impression, by reading here, that the world is coming to global sharia, a second Holocaust of the Jews, and then the Rapture. In the meantime, several fat white guys are supposed to get off their beer-stained couches and shoot the socialists with a gun that they have been keeping for SHTF.

    • aneo

      oh, lordy….why Jews worship is self-development, a love of knowledge, and a respect for their own culture….something apparently you fail to understand and probably are unable to achieve even if you did understand.

  • jacob

    Ronin's anti-semitic or rather JUDEOPHOBIC skirt is showing and loudly…

    So the Jews are runnnig the media, the IMF, the Federal Reserve, etc, not realizing he doesn't BRAY because the anathomic comformation of his throat prevents him from…
    So ONLY Jews worship money but Christians, Muslims, Budhist's, etc,. don't, RIGHT.??
    Better watch closely and frequently your eyes whites as they must be turning BROWN
    already from what you are so full of….

  • jacob

    If there ever was a "par excellence" Judeophobic country in Europe, it was POLAND
    and little is to wonder for the Nazis having chosen it for the emplacement of their
    extermination camps an still in this country, some s.o.b like this ZBIGNYEV I DON'T
    KNOW WHAT was still a head knocker under JIMMY WHO and now some kind of advisor to the ANNOITED ONE, whose sympathy for Israel is just from teeth out….

  • waterwillows

    Do not be surprised at the things that are going on around the globe. This is the time of choosing. People are responding to that urge to do so.
    It is foolish to hate the Jews. Not because Jews are somehow better than all other peoples, but because it is insulting to the Most High. Torah and their lives are from Him.
    It is considered an attack against the Throne itself.

    He is not pleased and has given the people time to consider and choose; life or death.
    They will get their choosing in the not too distant future. Be wise.

  • StephenD

    "dominated" may have been prophetic.

  • cavemaster

    Do not use my Lord's name as a curse word, if you do do it so I do not have to read it. Christ died for your sins and mine. Israel is Hashem's bride. Be careful on how you treat her or you will suffer massively….

  • StephenD

    I am sure Chez had no intention of being insensitive or indiscrete. I am equally sure it is not our place to tell him what to do or to pass sentence on him for doing it.