March 7, 2014
A package containing a pig’s head has been sent to the home of Riccardo Pacifici, who serves as the president of the Rome Jewish community.
This comes just days after similar packages were sent to the city’s synagogue and Jewish museum.
Riccardo is the son of Mario Mordechai Pacifici and Gilda Borghi, and is descended from an ancient Sephardic Jewish family, which came from Spain and settled in Tuscany in the 16th century.
From the Local:
The revelation, made by Pacifici during a testimony on Wednesday at the trial of seven right-wing extremists, followed a report from the US government last week, which said that Italy’s 30,000 Jews continue to suffer discrimination.
Pacifici told the court that the incident happened ten days after pigs heads were mailed to the synagogue and Jewish Museum of Rome – and just a few days ahead of the International Commemoration Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust on January 27th, Il Messaggero reported. A third, targetted at the Israeli embassy, was intercepted by police.
Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino described the act against Pacifici as “despicable” and said that it highlights once again how “violent and dangerous” a “lack of culture, knowledge of history and memory” can be.
“The Jewish community does not deserve these offences,” he added.
Pacifici was speaking during the trial of seven extremists from the Militia Movement, who are accused of condoning fascism and smearing the walls of Rome with anti-Semitic graffiti.
He reportedly got into a shouting match with one of the defendants, Stefano Schiavelli, as the hearing came to a close. Schiavelli allegedly “verbally provoked” Pacifici in a way that prompted Pacifici to ask “is that a threat?”.
It appears that people in Italy are unhappy with the Jewish community there.
I wonder why?