Anti-Semitic neo-fascists convicted in Rome

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The neo-fascists have been ordered to pay €7,128 to the Jewish community in Rome. Rome synagogue photo: Shutterstock
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Six people were on Tuesday convicted of having fascist sympathies and found guilty of racial and ethnic hatred in Rome, after targeting leading politicians and the head of the Jewish community with offensive graffiti.

The members of the extreme right group, Militia, received sentences of between eight months and a year and a half under Italy’s anti-discrimination law, Ansa reported. One person was acquitted while two others negotiated eight-month plea bargains.

The charges related to a hate campaign between 2008 and 2011, which included offensive posters, graffiti and demonstrations against Rome’s Jewish community and the representatives of Italian institutions.

Those targeted included Gianni Alemanno, Rome’s then mayor, and the leader of the Jewish community, Riccardo Pacifici.

Gianfranco Fini, president of Italian parliament at the time, and former Senate president Renato Schifani, were also victims, Il Messaggero said.

The neo-fascists have been ordered to pay €7,128 to the Jewish community, a symbolic sum representing the 7,128 Italian victims of the Holocaust. The funds will be donated to the cancer ward of a Rome hospital.

Those found guilty have also been ordered to pay a preliminary sum of €10,000 in damages to the Interior Ministry.

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The convictions were welcomed by the Jewish community as “a victory in the fight against anti-Semitism, xenophobia and Holocaust revisionism”.

Such discriminatory acts were described as “tumours to eradicate from our society” in an online statement published by the community.

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