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‘Torch the synagogues’ spray painted on walls across Rome

By Mason White 4:27 PM July 31, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
Just days after Rome, Italy, was covered in hateful graffiti the anti-Jewish vandals have struck again, police said.

The fresh anti-Semitic graffiti appeared on walls in the Prati neighborhood on Wednesday.

The phrase “torch the synagogues,” appeared on the same spots where other graffiti read: “Jews the end is near.” In a shopping area, windows had been defaced with swastikas.

The head of the National Police and a delegation of politicians visited the chief rabbi of Rome, to express their support.

Jewish schools, synagogues and institutions have been placed under 24-hour protection, not only in Rome but throughout Italy.

Israeli Ambassador to Italy, Naor Gilon, also visited the area.

“It’s terrible to see swastikas on Jewish shops. Nazi symbols are making a comeback after 70 years,” Gilon said. “It is important that all Italian politicians to speak out against anti-Semitism.”

Earlier this week, dozens of swastikas, hate slogans and posters were plastered on the walls and windows of shops. 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.