January 25, 2014 -- Rome -- AJC called for increased vigilance following grotesque manifestations of anti-Semitism in Rome during the Jewish Sabbath.
A box with a pig’s head was delivered to Rome’s Grand Synagogue on Friday and similar packages were delivered on Saturday to the Israeli Embassy and to the Museum of Rome, which is featuring an exhibition on the Holocaust. In addition, Nazi swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti were scrawled on the walls of a municipal building.
“The consequences of indifference towards such acts, as history teaches us, can lead to a serious degeneration of peaceful coexistence, and of the democratic fabric of society,” said Lisa Palmieri-Billig, AJC’s Representative in Italy and Liaison to the Holy See.
Coming on the Jewish Sabbath as well as on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday, these “vile and cowardly acts” constitute “a serious signal of alarm,” said Palmieri-Billig.
AJC called on Italian authorities to bring to justice those responsible for these anti-Semitic outrages, and for both government and civil society leaders to step up efforts at teaching a culture of mutual respect aimed at reinforcing the moral and ethical values.