Italy Faces Up to the Evil Within

Bruce Bawer is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center and the author of “While Europe Slept” and “Surrender.” His book "The Victims' Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind" is just out from Broadside / Harper Collins.


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The Italian sub-committee interviewed a long line of experts.  Minister of Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini spoke of “a new insidious form of anti-Semitism…based on apathy and uncritical acquiescence to claims asserting Jewish ‘control’ over politics, the media and the economy.”  Renzo Gattegna, head of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, suggested that anti-Semitism “is being fuelled today by anti-Israeli arguments, encouraged by various media that are prejudiced against the Jewish State and hostile to it.”  And Rabbi Benedetto Carucci of the Rome Jewish School expressed concern “that events focusing solely on remembrance of the Shoah might create the impression that Judaism was all about extermination.”

Admirably, the role of European Muslims was not obscured (as is so often the case): “Incidents of anti-Semitic intolerance are spreading in the Islamic communities in Europe, with murders and physical attacks on Jews….In Sweden, which has one of the largest Muslim communities in Europe, the Jewish communities spend 25 per cent of their funds on security measures.” Riccardo Pacifici, the president of the Rome Jewish Community, noted “the close connection which exists between certain Muslim organisations and neo-Nazi groups and which underpins attacks on Jewish communities, synagogues, schools and cemeteries and also underlies the boycotts of sports events.”  Professor Dina Porat, director of the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University, spoke to the sub-committee about the emergence in Europe in recent years of “an Islamist form of anti-Semitism” that is marked “by a tendency to attack Jewish communities outside Israel because of their association with that country.”  And Professor Gert Weisskirchen of the Steering Committee of the Interparliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism (ICCA) “emphasised the risks of an Islamic fundamentalist insurgency which might have dangerous repercussions for Jews.”

The report makes certain recommendations, most of them about beefing up education at all levels about Judaism, Israel, and Jewish life and history.  This solution may seem self-evident, but on a continent where schools are increasingly timid about teaching about (for example) the Holocaust for fear of arousing Muslims pupils’ wrath, it counts as pretty gutsy.

To be sure, for those of us who have been noticing the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe for years, nothing in the Italian report really qualifies as headline news.  But it’s encouraging nonetheless that a leading Western European government considered this subject important enough to commission a major inquiry into it.  In Norway, where breathtakingly ugly public expressions of anti-Semitism by leading members of the cultural elite are well-nigh routine, one can hardly imagine the government ordering such a study.  (If it did, the resulting report would almost certainly blame European anti-Semitism mostly on actions by Israel, including its treatment of the Palestinians.)  That the government of Italy, where anti-Semitism is considerably less virulent than in many other Western European countries, saw fit to address this issue head-on, and to produce a genuinely honest and searching report, is immensely admirable.  Hats off to the Berlusconi government.  And may every other country in Europe learn a lesson from this: get some cojones, face up to the evil within, and do what’s right before it’s too late.

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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.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com 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.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Bring it.

        • marsconi

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

          • http://www.contextflexed.com 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. :)

      • http://www.contextflexed.com 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.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com 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.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com 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.

        • http://www.contextflexed.com 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?

      • http://www.contextflexed.com 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.