Italy: Jews condemn ads likening Israel to Nazis

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.