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Rome sees spate of anti-Semitic graffiti

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Italian police are investigating a widespread spate of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel graffiti in Rome that local media speculated could be the joint work of left-wing and right-wing extremists.

Dozens of swastikas, slogans and posters were found spray-painted or plastered on walls and shop windows July 28 in various parts of the city — as many as 70 or more.

They included slogans such as “Dirty Jews,” “Jews your end is near,” “Out with Zionists” and “Israel executioner.”

Jewish leaders, and local and state officials strongly condemned the vandalism.

Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino called the affair shameful and “an insult to all Romans.” Interior Minister Angelino Alfano promised “maximum” efforts by law enforcement to identify the culprits and curb further outbreaks. — jta


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