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February 28, 2013 2:15 pm

Italy’s New Political Star Has Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic History

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Beppe Grillo. Photo: Wikipedia

Italian elections were held earlier this week and Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement Party garnered a quarter of all votes, making it the largest party in the country.

But the comedian turned politician’s rise isn’t good news for all, especially Israel. Grillo is a conspiracy theorist and provacateur who said of Israel during its 2009 Operation Cast Lead in Gaza: “The killer of children is an assassin that must be put on trial for crimes against humanity.”

According to an article on the Israel National News website written by Italian journalist Giulio Meotti, Grillo has a history of launching incendiary rhetoric towards Israel and Jews. In the past he has said “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, according to Meotti, Grillo alluded specifically to a “Jewish conspiracy” and the need to “check” all information on the Middle East.

The list of insults continues. During one of his shows, Grillo once 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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According to Meotti, the chairman of Milan’s synagogue, Davide Romano, went so far as to recently pronounce that “Grillo has a problem with the Jews.”

Grillo’s Facebook page and weblog is full of anti-Jewish attacks from Grillo’s readers, fans and supporters: “Israel is like Nazi Germany”, “I hope that someone will use any means to stop this killer state”, “The Jews are God’s cursed people”, “Zyklon B for you, peace and justice in Palestine”, “the Israeli leaders are monsters”, “Hamas is much better than all the Zionist governments.”

When not launching insults at Israel and Jews, Grillo tends to defend those who do. Of Mel Gibson he has said: “Israel is scary, her behavior is irresponsible.I said it. And I’m not drunk. I’m just scared for my children. Israel is behind the United States or the United States is behind Israel, which is the cause and which the effect?”

Of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Grillo said that his Iranian father-in-law explained to him that “the translations were not accurate …,” referring to Ahmadinejad’s constant calls for the destruction of Israel.

In general Grillo is an apologist for the Iranian regime, saying that the one described by the Western media is inaccurate: “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.”

Grillo has referred to the “Holocaust industry” and, Meotti concludes, has shown in his TV shows “a primitive hatred for Israel and  Western values.”

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  • Aldo

    Well I believe it’s years that Grillo don’t say things against Jews: otherwise he wouldn’t have gained the 25%… When I found this page on a link in another web site I was somewhat astonished, so I followed the link as I wanted to know.

    So, OK, yes, most Italians are against bombarding civilians with missiles, like Palestinians do, and regrettably also Israel… there must be another way different than missiles! By the way I know people in Israel that thinks that the government should try other ways (and they are Jews of course).

    But, apart Israel’s politics that is not all Israel (just like Italy’s politics is not all Italy), Italians are not against Jews, and believe me they won’t be. Now that Grillo is exposed, if he will only try to say something against Jews or minorities it will lose most of the votes!
    Remember that even in WW2, with Hitler’s troops in Italy and war and hunger, there was strong resistance against anti-Jews laws (most passive and help, it was not time for active protests).

    Of course, like everywhere in the world, also in Italy there are some nazi-skin minorities with red nazi flags in their garages and pneumatic void in their minds, but if, due to electronic error, some of the missiles above would, by error of course, will find some of these garages, er… we won’t miss them.

    The vote for Grillo was a protest against Merkel-imposed austerity, and against the corrupt establishment.
    A comedian is a comedian, but you should know that Grillo was banned from Italian television because he played the Prime Minister of Italy (the socialist Bettino Craxi) on a sketch satirizing Craxi’s visit to China: Craxi asks the Chinese government “If all the Chinese people are socialist, whom do you steal from?”.
    The day after, he was out of TV.
    And he was actually correct: Craxi, if still alive, nowadays would be in jail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bettino_Craxi)

    That said, I believe Italy needs something better than a jongleur. But a jongleur can be useful to tell the truth to the power (and you can sometimes forgive his excesses in doing so… he’s a jongleur, not Einstein).

  • I believe it’s years that Grillo don’t say things against Jews: otherwise he wouldn’t have gained the 25%… When I found this page on a link in another web site I was somewhat astonished, so I followed the link as I wanted to know.

    So, OK, yes, most Italians are against bombarding civilians with missiles, like Palestinians do, and regrettably also Israel… there must be another way different than missiles! By the way I know people in Israel that thinks that the government should try other ways (and they are Jews of course).

    But, apart Israel’s politics that is not all Israel (just like Italy’s politics is not all Italy), Italians are not against Jews, and believe me they won’t be. Now that Grillo is exposed, if he will only try to say something against Jews or minorities it will lose most of the votes!
    Remember that even in WW2, with Hitler’s troops in Italy and war and hunger, there was strong resistance against anti-Jews laws (most passive and help, it was not time for active protests).

    Of course, like everywhere in the world, also in Italy there are some nazi-skin minorities with red nazi flags in their garages and pneumatic void in their minds, but if, due to electronic error, some of the missiles above would, by error of course, will find some of these garages, er… we won’t miss them.

    The vote for Grillo was a protest against Merkel-imposed austerity, and against the corrupt establishment.
    A comedian is a comedian, but you should know that Grillo was banned from Italian television because he played the Prime Minister of Italy (the socialist Bettino Craxi) on a sketch satirizing Craxi’s visit to China: Craxi asks the Chinese government “If all the Chinese people are socialist, whom do you steal from?”.
    The day after, he was out of TV.
    And he was actually correct: Craxi, if still alive, nowadays would be in jail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bettino_Craxi)

    That said, I believe Italy needs something better than a jongleur. But a jongleur can be useful to tell the truth to the power (and you can sometimes forgive his excesses in doing so… he’s a jongleur, not Einstein).

  • Gershon

    Let’s remember the historical perspective-Italy is the successor state of the Roman empire, which is responsible for the brutal annihilation of the Jewish state in 70 AD (go look at the Arch of Titus in Rome). Grillo is a smart politician and knows that jew hatred resonates deeply in Italy and Europe in general…the problem is today the jews have a powerful military, Italians could get hurt.

    • Dom Mat

      The Romans? 70 AD?..u are totally kidding, right?

  • I don’t know but as Italian citizen (and Australian) I ask to be more respectable of Italian’s choice.
    USA had not done better and many other’s nation on choice their leaders! Grillo is not new to big word that is stile. The movement Five Stars had elected common people who had entered politics in disgust of the corrupted- inefficient politician, that had undermine the nation.
    I had vote, for a more conservative list and hope they can be influential. Jews must be more worry of people like Berlusconi that Grillo.
    I had always support the Jews from my young age for many reason, but I like to said that part of Israel’s citizens are considering other” the gentile” including their cousin the Palestinian’s with arrogance.
    That is wrong and the Israel had to start to change such wrong attitude.
    I don’t have a solution for the blood from both side, that only G-D have, but both side can start a process from start to respect other’s and love stranger as is commanded.

    • Eve

      Aren’t you dumb!! maybe Grillo should start respecting Jews and Israel, and then we can respect Italian citizens’ very dubious choices. Who votes for a jerk like that? Except maybe dummies like you.

      • Dom Mat

        honestly…before insulting people get real information from real news…

    • I agree with Rosolin about the Arrogance of a large part of the Jewish Population in Regard to other Groups of People i travel a lot and i Witness what i said Personally >during my visits to Israel it is a fact > REALITYIsrael Palestine The Jews < i think it would be better if the Jews of the World could come to the conclusion that Hatred against the rest of the World is not enough to solve the Jewish Problem or any other Nation Problems—–Regards–V.

      • j

        The Jewish problem? Viktor, please crawl back in to your Nazi hole.

      • Michael

        Victor, The arrogance that you describe of the Jewish population from your visits to Israel has nothing at all to do with you being of a different ethnicity to them. Israelis are like this to everyone, other Jews included, even each other until you get to know them personally. The quintessential Israeli, termed “Sabra”, named after the prickly pear plant is on the outside and towards others, arrogant, pushy, in your face, outspoken, dominating, but this is just the outer skin. Much tastier once you get to know one. Probably comes from having to deal with Arabic personalities on a day to day basis having made them tougher exteriorly and different to the type of Jew that you might meet in your own locale. Topography may also be a contributing factor.

  • Tom Barish

    Watch Iranium, the movie Grillo and his pro-Islamist friends don’t want you to see: http://www.iraniumthemovie.com/

    • Dom Mat

      OMG!!…Who are you people???…

  • Mel Sherwood

    What should anyone expect from a country which elects porn stars to its parliament?
    Vaffancullo Brillo, ti brutto figlio di puttana bastardo.

    • Dom Mat

      OK, number one the name is Grillo….forse sei tu un po..”brillo”…

  • well to whom it my concern i do not agree with whoever wrote this article really one must be really stupid to believe anything said in this article history will repeat itself no doubt.Regards -V.

  • Ed Clark

    As Mr Grillo claims concern for his children, I guess he must be hetero though his hairdo & clothing style seem to whimper, “I’m a flamer, can’t you see?”
    Regardless of his sexual predilections, Grillo seems to conform to all the criteria to qualify as a racist, anti-Semite, asshole & scumbag.
    For all Berlusconi’s strangeness & shortcomings, he’s anything but anti-Semitic or anti-Israel. Au contraire, he’s proved himself repeatedly to be supportive of Jews & the Jewish State. So for me it’s difficult to imagine one coalition grouping both scumbag Grillo & Silvio the Strange.
    Though nearly all my many Italian friends detest Silvio & make fun of him, he’s probably – with all his shortcomings – Italy’s best last hope to pull itself out of the socioeconomic doldrums that are plaguing most of the European continent.
    I’d hardly be shocked if this Grillo scumbag’s corpse were soon found riddled with bullets in some unlikely place, & know that would be a blessing for Italy as a whole… to say nothing of how it would be a blessing for Jews everywhere & for Israel.

    • Ed Clark sorry but I disagree with you, Berlusconi is controlling and owning the media, is very clever and is selling lies. If was not a parliamentary was in jail for many wrong braking of the law.
      In his government had done nothing a part keep doing and inflate the status quo.
      Grillo and Five Star movement are the Italian revolution as citizen had taken the risk for a change.
      I don’t think that he will be a treat to Jews interest, as people elected with him are not anti-Semitic.
      Call Grillo scumbag is unrespectable for the Italians who vote him, had you even be living there?
      Ciao and hope you not be take personal offence.

  • Steven

    I welcome this type because most are on to these types and see them for what they are. And most recoil and are repulsed. The faster he reveals himself the better

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