Italian politicians call on EU to establish anti-Semitism task force

Marcy Oster

ROME (JTA) — Italian politicians, from both the left wing and right wing of Parliament, asked the European Union to establish a task force on anti-Semitism following recent attacks on Jewish targets in Paris and Copenhagen.

The recent anti-Semitic attacks have “affected and upset” the two countries’ large Jewish communities, the politicians wrote in a letter sent last week to the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

But, they wrote, “every day and for years now anti-Semitic words and gestures, often violent, outrage Jewish citizens in many European capitals.”

Among the promoters of the letter is Emanuele Fiano, a Jewish center-left lawmaker in charge of national security issues who is a past president of the Jewish Community of Milan and former director of the Union of Jewish Communities in Italy. His father, Nedo, is one of the most active witnesses still alive who survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp.