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Dozens of swastikas and ‘dirty Jews’ spray painted through Rome

By Mason White 3:04 PM July 30, 2014
Poster showing Palestinian child throwing stone at Israeli tank 

By: Hydar Tomar
The Jewish community in Rome, Italy, is in shock after waking up to a city covered in anti-Jewish graffiti.

Police said that they have launched an investigation into the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel graffiti markings.

Dozens of swastikas, hate slogans and posters were plastered on the walls and windows of shops on Monday. At least 70 sites were vandalized throughout the city.

“Dirty Jews,” “the end for Jews is near,” “away with the Zionists,” and “Israel executioner,” were some of the slogans painted on the walls.

Some posters had a swastika and the phrase “Anne Frank storyteller.” Other posters had the image of a Celtic cross and a Palestinian throwing a rock at an Israeli army tank.

Jewish leaders as well as local and state officials strongly condemned the vandalism. Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino described the incident as shameful and an insult to all Romans.

Marino expressed solidarity with the Jewish community, and declares that “Rome will and must be the capital of dialogue and peace, and not the land of barbarism.”

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano promised that the police will identify those responsible and further restrict such incidents.