Sunday, January 19, 2020

Salvini Interview With Israeli Paper on Anti-Semitism

Former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has given an interview with an Israeli newspaper, in which he addressed the issue of anti-Semitism in Europe. According to the Italian newspaper, La Stampa, Salvini put much of the blame for the resurgence in anti-Semitism in Italy and Europe on the massive influx of Muslim migrants. He promised that if he becomes premier of Italy, he will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also called on the EU to ban the BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions) movement against the Jewish state. In addition, Salvini denied that his party, Lega, has ties with smaller political parties that are considered anti-Semitic. Translation by Fousesquawk.

Salvini: "Anti-Semitism in Italy? It's the fault of Muslim immigrants"

Ex-minister of Interior: "With me as premier,  Jerusalem (will be recognized as) capital of Israel"

Tel Aviv: If he becomes premier, Matteo Salvini will recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel. That is what the secretary of the League (Lega) said in an interview today with the newspaper, "Israel Ha-Yoom", in which he called on the EU to ban BDS, the boycott movement against Israel. A few days after the Senate conference on anti-Semitism, Salvini has reiterated to the newspaper-considered close to Premier Benyamin Netanyahu- that the League, " has no ties with political organizations like Casa Pound, Forza Nuova and Fiamme, (which are) defined by the newspaper as "anti-Semitic."

To a question on the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe, which will be discussed 22-23 January on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Salvini said, "In my opinion, this has to do with the strengthening of extremism and Islamic fanaticism in recent years. It is very important to stress," he added, "that this is connected  to the fact that certain elements in the academic world and the media are mobilized against Israel and they create a hatred towards Israel in order to justify anti-Semitism."

"Currently, the massive presence of immigrants coming from Muslim countries," he continued after also recalling the existence of minor political Nazi and communist political movements, contributes to the spread of anti-Semitism also in Italy. "There is," he complained, "an anti-Semitism on the extreme right and the extreme left. We think of Jeremy Corbyn or leftist activists in Germany who don't want to be like the Nazis, yet they are found boycotting Israeli products." To a question on the relations of the League with "anti-Semitic political groups", Salvini answered that," (we) have no connections with those organizations. In the elections, parties like  Casa Pound, Forza Nuova, and Fiamma come out against us." This shows, "we have no ties to them."

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