Italy: Jews condemn ads likening Israel to Nazis

August 24, 2006 22:44

Jewish leaders in Italy on Thursday condemned recent newspaper advertisements likening Israel's military offensive against Hizbullah operatives in Lebanon to Nazi massacres and fascism. In a statement issued at the end of a meeting with Interior Minister Giuliano Amato, the Committee Against Discrimination and Anti-Semitism said the ads also generated intolerance and hostility toward the Jewish community at a delicate time. The committee deems "the statements printed in national and international newspapers comparing Israel to Nazism and fascism to be inadmissible and distorting," the group said in a statement released by the Interior Ministry.

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