Italy to push bill criminalizing Holocaust denial

The Italian government will propose legislation next week making it a crime to deny the Holocaust, the justice minister said Friday. Clemente Mastella made the announcement as Germany pushes to criminalize incitement of hatred and acts of racist violence, including denying the genocide of Jews during World War II, throughout the 27-nation EU. Germany holds the EU's rotating presidency. "We must keep our guard high against any resurgence of anti-Semitism," Mastella said.