Italy's new Mussolini thinks he's funny
Giulio Meotti reports that the leader of Italy's largest party in the most recent elections is a Nazi-like anti-Semite
This populist Europhobe got one fourth of the popular votes. He is
the idol of Italy's youth. He is the anti-corruption crusader. He is the
guru of the Internet.
But Beppe Grillo is also a demagogue with a virulent hatred for
Israel and the United States. And his popularity, despite his despicable
remarks, shows that the word "Jew" has become an accepted insult once
again in Europe's public square.
Mr. Grillo does not hesitate to say that “talk of Israel is a taboo,
as is talk of the euro. Just touch it, they will tell you that you are
racist and anti-Zionist”.
He declared that “all that in Europe we know about Israel and
Palestine, is filtered by an international agency called Memri. And
behind Memri, there is a former Mossad agent. I have the evidence: Ken Livingstone,
the former Mayor of London, has used Arabic texts with independent
translations and he discovered a completely different reality". Then he
goes on, alluding specifically to a 'Jewish conspiracy' and the need to
"check" all information on the Middle East.
Grillo also said that his Iranian father-in-law explained to him that
“the translations were not accurate …”, referring to Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad’s expressed desire to erase Israel from the map.
According to Grillo, Ahmadinejad’s regime is not like the one
described by the Western media: "Those who escape, are opposed to it.
But those who remained do not have the same concerns that we have
abroad. The economy there is okay, people work. It’s like South America:
before it was much worse. I have a cousin who builds highways in Iran".
On the executions ordered by Ahmadinejad: "One day I saw a person
hanged on a square of Isfahan. I was there. I asked: what is this
barbarity? But then I thought of the United States.
They too have the
death penalty: they put one on a diet, before killing him, because his
head is not shrinking. And then: what is more cruel?".
During a show, Mr. Grillo declared: "There is a saying that 'where
Attila has passed through, no grass will grow'. We can say 'where the
Israelis have passed, no Palestinian will grow''".
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Labels: Beppe Grillo, European anti-Semitism, Italy