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Rome Blanketed by Posters Calling for Boycott of Jewish-Owned Shops

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fA poster that blanketed Rome from far-right Italian group Vita Est Militia calling for the boycott of 50 Jewish-owned shops. Photo: Twitter.

fA poster that blanketed Rome from far-right Italian group Vita Est Militia calling for the boycott of 50 Jewish-owned shops. Photo: Twitter.

Rome was blanketed with posters calling for the boycott of Jewish-owned business by far-right Italian group Vita Est Militia, amid a global rise in anti-Semitic incidents and two weeks after San Giovanni, Rome’s Jewish quarter, was defaced with similar flyers, the International Business Times reported on Monday.

The Vita Est Militia flyer listed the names of 50 clothing stores, butcher shops, restaurants and bars and hotels that the group claimed were owned by Jews and said “boycotting any type of Jewish product of business is fundamental to stop the massacre in Palestine” and claimed that “every shop, factory and business under Jewish ownership sends a percentage of its profits to Israel.”

“Buying from these INFAMI [villains] means contributing to kill thousands of other women, children and elderly who have to fight day by day to maintain their land, which was pillaged transforming every road in trench, raping women, burning children and destroying houses,” the poster said.

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Renzo Gattegna, Union of Italian Jewish Communities president, said the posters were “an alarm bell that cannot be ignored.”

“We are witnessing with concern the solidifying of the extremist underworld in the name of a common anti-Jewish and anti-Israel hatred, whose most violent mode of expressions, still partially latent, risks forming a danger to the entire national collective,” Gattegna said.

Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino condemned the incident and said the language used in the posters “echoes the anti-Jewish blacklists of the Nazi period”. The flyers were removed shortly afterwards.

Two weeks ago, Swastikas and posters that said “Anne Frank storyteller” appeared on Rome’s Appia Nuova street. Earlier this month, Italian academics posted an online petition calling for a “Nuremberg” for the state of Israel for the “slow genocide of the entire Palestinian people,” IBT reported.

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