Jewish souvenir vendors wear yellow Stars of David in Rome protest

Souvenir vending is a tradition among some Roman Jewish families going back to the 19th century, when a papal edict allowed Jews to sell rosaries to Catholic pilgrims.

By JTA
December 4, 2015 11:24
1 minute read.
Rome

The Vatican . (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

ROME – Jewish souvenir vendors, some wearing yellow Stars of David pinned to their clothing, staged a protest against recent edicts barring street vendors from operating near the Vatican.

About 100 mainly Jewish vendors, known as urtisti, gathered in front of the Vatican on Thursday bearing signs with slogans such as “History is repeating itself” and “Pope Francis – Roman Jews ask help for the right to work,” according to local media reports.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Souvenir vending is a tradition among some Roman Jewish families going back to the 19th century, when a papal edict allowed Jews to sell rosaries to Catholic pilgrims.

The protest was the latest by urtisti against recent city rulings limiting the activities of various types of street vendors at major tourist sites.

A spokesman for the protesters told the ADNKronos news agency that the protesters donned yellow Stars of David, similar to those the Nazis required Jews to wear, “because the latest measures taken by the city seem to be aimed at Jews.”

In the latest ruling, citing reasons of order and security, Rome police issued an ordinance barring souvenir sellers and other street vendors from selling their wares near the Vatican during the Roman Catholic Church’s Jubilee, or Holy, year, which begins Dec. 8 and will end Nov. 16, 2016. Their activities will be relocated to other designated spaces farther from St. Peter’s Square.

The latest ordinance follows other recent bans or limitations placed on street vendors at other tourist sites in the city. Last week, for example, authorities barred the “centurions,” or men who dress up as ancient Roman soldiers and pose for pictures with tourists, from the Colosseum and other sites.



Related Content

The BDS movement seeks to destroy Israel’s image in the eyes of the world.’
August 19, 2018
Corbyn was filmed endorsing BDS in 2015

By JTA