Saturday, November 24, 2012

Neo-Nazis attack Jewish soccer fans in Rome!


“Never Again” first appeared on handmade signs put up by inmates at Buchenwald in April, 1945 (Hoover Institution)

Never-the-less anti-Semitism in Europe has been on the rise, not coincidently occurring as the economies of countries there have been on the decline and governments have been forced to institute austerity measures that are extremely unpopular with the people who then look for something, or someone, to blame it on.

At the same time far-right neo-Nazi political parties such as Golden Dawn in Greece have opportunistically used the economic flux to gain a foothold in national government.

Anti-Semitic Attacks in Rome!

"...Witnesses told local media masked men armed with knives and baseball bats shouted "Jews, Jews" as they laid siege to a pub where the Tottenham fans were drinking in a district popular with tourists in an old quarter of Rome.

Ten people were injured in the attack and 25-year old Ashley Mills was left in a critical condition.

He was still in hospital on Friday, and the Italian news agency Agi said he was undergoing surgery after suffering internal bleeding.

Israeli ambassador to Italy Naor Gilon told reporters the attack on the Spurs fans, many of whom are Jewish, stemmed from "a new trend of anti-Semitism in Europe".

Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno expressed deep concern about the attack and hoped the police would quickly track down those responsible.

"What happened shows that there is a group of madmen and thugs running around and hiding behind the fans in our stadiums, and this is unacceptable," he told reporters.

RISING EXTREMISM

The European far right has gained increased support as the continent's economic crisis has deepened, especially in the debt-laden south. Its most startling rise has been in the worst hit country, Greece, where the anti-immigrant Golden Dawn group has flourished.

Italy is no stranger to the trend.

Last week police arrested four people for allegedly inciting racial hatred through the website of the white supremacist movement Stormfront, confiscating a variety of weapons and neo-Nazi propaganda, after the group published a list of prominent Jewish citizens.

Teenagers carrying neo-fascist flags stormed a high school last month, tossing smoke bombs into classrooms as lessons were being taught, in a raid interpreted in Italy as an attempt by Blocco Studentesco to assert control over its turf.

Shortly afterwards a school due to host a meeting with local authorities about the "neo-fascist resurgence in schools" was daubed with swastikas, Celtic crosses and the word 'Hitler'.

There is no suggestion the Blocco is linked to the attack on the Tottenham supporters.

"We are proud to be fascists," the 18-year old Rome leader of the Blocco recently told Reuters in a suburban cafe, where swastikas had been scrawled across walls and furniture.

RACIST CHANTS

Israeli flags are a common sight among Tottenham supporters at matches, and fans refer to themselves in chants as the 'yid army'.

Lazio have long had fans with extreme right-wing sympathies, notorious for making Nazi salutes, unfurling anti-Semitic banners and chanting racist insults against black players.

At the game on Thursday, which ended in a goalless draw, Lazio supporters unfurled a banner reading 'Free Palestine'.

The English Football Association plans to send a report to European soccer's governing body UEFA following alleged anti-semitic chanting by Lazio fans during the match on Thursday. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has demanded an investigation..." (Source)



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