Wave of Anti-Semitism in Italy, Israeli Flag Burned
(IsraelNN.com) Italy has been hit with a wave of anti-Semitism that has included the murder of a Jew of Romanian descent and leftists' attacks on Jews at the Turin book fair this month. Anti-Semites also burned the Israeli flag at the fair. Rome's Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni told the Times of London, "There are alarming signs of racism in Italy today."
An estimated 600,000 illegal immigrants in Italy have fanned the flames of xenophobic hatred. A 29-year-old Jew of Romanian descent was beaten into a coma by five members of a neo-Nazi gang earlier this month. He later died.
Israel, Vatican Discuss Catholic Church Status
(IsraelNN.com) Israel and the Vatican are holding discussions to try and reach agreement regarding the status of the Catholic church in Israel. Foreign Ministry Director Aharon Abramovich returned from the latest round of talks in the Vatican Thursday.
"The plenum of the joint Israel-Vatican committee convened in an atmosphere of good will and considerable headway was made in the discussions in an effort to reach the common goals," the Foreign Ministry statement said.