Italian police are investigating various drawings of swastikas and stars of David which appeared this Thursday Jewish quarter of Romenear the Great Synagogue of the capital, and in other areas of the city, such as Trastevere.
The graffiti appeared days after the drawing of another Star of David on the facade of a central building in Rome was investigated and some paving stones in memory of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust were damaged.
In another anti-Semitic act, a neighbor reported that The elevator of a building in the center of Rome was vandalized with a message that said: “Whoever helps the Jews will have a swastika on the door painted with spray paint”.
“The Nazi-fascist messages that appeared on some walls of our city are unacceptable. A despicable act that we condemn, which marks the memory and offends all of Rome,” declared the mayor, Roberto Gualtieri.
The mayor ordered Immediate removal of graffiti and appealed to “There is no place for anti-Semitic hatred or any other form of intolerance.”.
Italian police are analyzing images from surveillance cameras in the area, as they did last week when four golden stones, known as “stumbling stones,” which are usually placed on the sidewalk in Rome where victims of the attack have lived, were damaged. stroke. .
The Minister of the Interior, Matteo Piantedosi, also expressed his repudiation.
“Tragically, history teaches us that when the old Israeli-Palestinian issue is revived, there is sadly a return of anti-Semitism, which we are monitoring, controlling and worrying about.”
Since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic acts on a global scale have been on the rise significantly.
These include verbal and physical attacks, online insults or threats, graffiti with hate messages and damage to property, businesses or places of religious importance.