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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Anti-Israel Demonstration at Milan Liberation Day

My daughter and son-in-law came back from the US today. They flew Alitalia and connected in Milan. I'm glad they were not in Milan yesterday (one of my clients was in Milan yesterday - I have not spoken with her yet).

In Milan yesterday, there was an anti-Israel demonstration at Milan Liberation Day, the Italian national holiday that celebrates Italy's liberation from facism at the end of World War II. Ynet reports (via Little Green Footballs):

Israel’s ambassador in Rome said on Wednesday he was filled with “shame and rage” after two Israeli flags were burned during a demonstration commemorating the liberation of Italy at the end of World War Two.

The flags were set ablaze by a small group of left-wing demonstrators, who also shouted “Zionists, assassins” and “free Palestine” at a Jewish delegation which took part in the largely peaceful march in Milan on Tuesday.

Centre-left leader and prime minister-in-waiting Romano Prodi strongly condemned the incident, which added to political tensions after his narrow victory in this month’s election.

Prodi’s centre-right rivals accused him of hypocrisy, saying his broad coalition included anti-Israel activists.

“As a Jew and an Israeli, I was filled with shame and rage yesterday at the sight of the barbaric behavior by the ‘fascists’ of the extreme left,” Israeli ambassador Ehud Gol said in a strongly worded statement.

The Vatican newspaper on called the trampling and burning of Israeli flags a “disgusting” offense to all Jews.


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