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Rome: Jewish shops defaced with swastikas
About 20 shops owned by Jews vandalized in apparent neo-fascist attack
linked to fighting in Middle East. Flyers signed by group calling itself
Armed Revolutionary Fascists left at the shops denouncing 'Zionist
economy,' including pro-Hizbullah slogans
Jewish shops across Rome were vandalized and defaced with swastikas in
an apparent neo-fascist attack linked to fighting in the Middle East,
officials said Wednesday.
Owners of about 20 shops in the center and outskirts of the Italian
capital reached their workplace Tuesday morning to find door locks
filled with glue, shutters nailed closed and swastikas defacing nearby
walls, said Riccardo Pacifici, a spokesman for Rome's Jewish Community.
Although not all the shops targeted were owned by Jews, the raid was
apparently conducted in reaction to hostilities between Israel and
Hizbullah, Pacifici said.
Flyers signed by a group calling itself Armed Revolutionary Fascists
were left at the shops denouncing "the Zionist economy" and including
pro-Hizbullah slogans, Pacifici said.
"There are still anti-Semites in Italy," Pacifici said. He told The
Associated Press that Italian Jewish organizations have been flooded
with dozens of e-mails blaming Jews for violence in the Middle East.
Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni condemned the vandalism.
"Rome and Romans are against any form of anti-Semitism," Veltroni, was
quoted as saying by the Corriere della Sera daily. "I hope that the
authors of these actions will soon answer for them in court."
Police officials declined to comment on the investigation. Last month,
swastikas were spray-painted on walls in the Old Ghetto - Rome's ancient
Jewish neighborhood - while hundreds of thousands of soccer fans
gathered in the nearby Circus Maximus to celebrate Italy's victory in
the World Cup.